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Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off

 The Warehouse, 214 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro. This ‘must-attend’ barbecue circuit event draws teams from across the United States to compete for over $25,000 in prize money. Nationally recognized as one of the best places to experience and celebrate the competitive barbecue circuit lifestyle, the Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) and Read more…

Alpaca Farm Days

Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch 1335 Hall Church Rd, Makanda

Annual National Alpaca Farm Days! Our ranch will be open to the public for free this weekend! Coloring  pages for kids, meet the alpacas, feel their fleece, see demonstrations, walk the ranch and experience our alley and beautiful, scenic views from our pastures. You Pick Zinnia field this year!  $1 Feed for Read more…

Monarch’s Incredible Journey

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress

Each year the fourth generation of the magnificent monarch butterfly may migrate up to 2,500 miles in North America to central Mexico for the winter. Monarch Watch Association, a citizen science project, has tagged and monitored migrating monarchs since 1992. Join us for a program on the natural history of Read more…

Cruise in – Dongola

Car show with several classes where everyone can win a prize. Food, music, and activities for kids. come see us and enjoy our little town.

Evening of Jazz and Art – Harrisburg

Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) 3575 College Road, Harrisburg

The Ella Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art at Southeastern Illinois College will  host an Evening of Jazz & Art.  Local favorite, The Penguins will open up the night by 7 p.m. on the Hise Terrace followed by the Louis Pettinelli Jazz Quartet. Museum shows include the Regional Landmarks and Read more…