Something for Everyone The Jacksonville area plays host to several exciting events throughout the year. Look through the following list and mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. January Eagles on the Illinois River
Antique Auto Show Antique and classic automobiles from a three-state area compete for 50 trophies. Related activities throughout the day, concessions, free parking and admission. Central Park Plaza. Historic Homes Tour Tour four of Jacksonville’s beautiful historic homes. Lecturers discuss history, architecture and furnishings of each home. Co-sponsored by the Art Association of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission. Free Parking. Luncheon included in the admission price. July 4th of July Celebration This Beardstown celebration includes ball games, entertainment and a grand display of fireworks. 217-323-3271 Cass County Fair This wonderful county fair, held in the city of Virginia, means fun for the entire family. Events include daily livestock shows, 4-H horse shows, Western horse show, talent show, kids’ night, queen contest, enter- tainment and demolition derby. 217-452-3226 Ashland Summer Days Community festival with music, food, entertainment, crafts, flea mar- ket, parade, tractor pull, talent show, games, rides, blue grass bands and more! July 4th Fair A full day of fun and games for the entire family in Community Park, ending with a fabulous fireworks display. Free parking. Donations accepted. South Jacksonville Celebration This event is held near South Jacksonville School and features a parade, Little Miss contest, cake walk, dance, craft fair and flea market. 1-800-593-5678 Morgan County Fair Features entertainment, concessions, a carnival for kids and prize-win- ning produce and livestock. Free parking. River Country Quilt Show Quilters throughout the area exhibit an impressive number of quilts, wall hangings, antique quilts, and much more. Location is Jacksonville High School, admission is free.
Get a closer look at the Bald Eagles in Meredosia, IL. This is one of the best places to see the eagles and is a self-guided tour January through the winter months. For more infor- mation, call the Jacksonville Area Visitors & Conventions Bureau at 1-800-593-5678 . February River Rats Golf Tournament Beardstown Crawl is a miniature golf event held at the local pubs. April Rotary Bass Tournament
The local Rotary Club present this annual event at Lake Jacksonville. Cash prizes awarded for the best catches. 1-800-593-5678 Beaux Arts Ball This event features the crowning of the Beaux Arts Ball Queen and is the major fundraiser for the Art Association of Jacksonville. Money raised helps to support the monthly Arts Shows and Gallery upkeep. May Virginia City Wide Spring Garage Sales Families and organizations throughout the city of Virginia hold yard or garage sales on the same day. Downtown Celebration Enjoy a festive day of music, food, and fun for the whole family in Jacksonville’s newly renovated Historic Central Business District. Central Park Plaza, free parking, and admission. Cinco De Mayo Traditional Mexican Celebration. June Brown Bag Lunch in the Park Art Zeek Park in Beardstown every Wednesday in June, local enter- tainment, free dessert and a drink. Jacksonville Pepsi Passavant Shoot-Out More than 114 teams from several states compete in 300 games at this annual event. It is the largest basketball tournament in the state and it takes place at Bruner Gymnasium on the campus of Illinois College. Virginia Bar-B-Que Hosted by the city of Virginia, this event offers barbecue pork and beef, live entertainment, square dancing, car show, children’s games, queen contest and carnival.