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Fall Events Guide for 2017

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October

Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch: Now through Oct. 31, 15020 Pumpkin Patch Road, Johnston City. Corn maze ($5), group hayrides ($1.50), picnic area, bonfire pit, face painting and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. (618) 983-8676; www.bandyspumpkinpatch.com.

SIC Health Fair and blood drive: Wednesday, Oct. 4. Health Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Harry L. Crisp Conference Center; blood drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center lower lobby, Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg.

Southern Illinois Gospel Sing: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion. Gospel Messengers, The Redeptions and The Wanda Mountain Boys. $8-$10. Doors open at 6 p.m. (618) 997-4030. marionccc.com/si-gospel-sing17/

Live2Lead: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, John A. Logan College Theater, Carterville. Worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted by Marion Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center. Doors open at 7 a.m. for registration. Tickets: $99 for members of participating Chambers; group discounts available. www.marionillinois.com.

Fluorspar Festival: Oct. 6-8, Rosiclare. Live entertainment, parade, pet parade, carnival, quilt show, car show, pageant, photo contest, food and craft vendors, barbecue, open house at the American Fluorite Museum, food vendors, fireworks. Free admission. hardincountyil.org.

Halloween Fun Murder Mystery: Oct. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, Extreme Exigency & Home of the Armed Barbers, 9911 River Bend Road, Benton. Baron the Barber has been mysteriously murdered. The suspects are hiding in the haunted corn maze outside the barbershop. Hours: 6-10 p.m. Fundraiser. $5 per person if you bring your own flashlight; $6 if you need one of ours. www.bentonwestcitychamber.com/events.html.

Union County Colorfest Biathlon: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 1000 N. Main St., Anna. One of the oldest biathlons in southern Illinois, plus a kids biathlon and 5K run. https://www.colorfestil.org/events. 

Trick or Treat the Campground: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Wayne Fitzgerald State Park, 11094 Ranger Road, Whittington. Children 12 and under. (618) 629-2320.

Big Muddy Oktoberfest: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Big Muddy Brewing, 1430 N. 7th St., Murphysboro. Authentic German food, wine and beer tasting from local breweries. Tickets: $25 though Eventbrite.com. bigmuddybrewing.com.

Etta May Live: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion. American Comedy Awards “Comic of the Year” delivers a performance full of irony, humor and wisdom. OK for all ages. Tickets: $21-$44. (618) 997-4030; marionccc.com.

Carbondale Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Town Square Pavilion, 120 N. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Live entertainment, beverages, food and vendors. Fall Fest Kids Zone with bounce houses and more. Free. www.carbondaletourism.org.

Du Quoin Fall Fest in the Park: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct 7, in Keyes Park. Arts & crafts, food vendors, beer and wine tastings, chili cook-off, Kids Corner, live entertainment. Free admission. www.duquoikntourism.org.

Rocky Horror Night: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Tiff’s Saloon, 112 Bush Ave., Hurst. Cast of the “Rocky Horror” show at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center appears for special night of performance numbers, dancing, time warp and costume contests. (618) 987-2770.

Saline County BBQ & Bluegrass Festival: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Saline County Area Museum, 1600 Feazel Road, Harrisburg. Details TBA.

Ferrell Hospital Boo Run & 5K Walk: Saturday, Oct. 7. Registration 8 a.m.; race at 9 a.m. at Ferrell Hospital, 1201 Pine St., Eldorado. $20, deadline to sign up is Oct. 5. runsignup.com/Race/IL/Eldorado/BooRun. Details, call Bethany at (618) 297-9606.

Schoolhouse Rock, Live: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg. $8-$10. (618) 252-5400 ext. 2486/2487, (618) 841-4649, or email boxoffice@sic.edu.

Bocce Fun Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Herrin Bocce Courts, 306 W. Walnut St., Herrin. Fundraiser for the Night’s Shield. Individuals or teams, food & beverages provided, raffle prizes. Preregistration closed Oct. 1, walk-ups accepted. www.herrinbocceclub.org/index.html.

Southern Illinois Heart Walk: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, Walker’s Bluff Winery, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville. Fundraiser for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, where companies and individuals build teams to raise funds and walk together. Admission free; walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a T-shirt. Locally sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center. (618) 956-9900; www.walkersbluff.com

U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships: Oct. 7-8, Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area, on Townpark Road, three miles northwest of Carrier Mills. Southeastern Illinois College hosts the only 3-D intercollegiate championships in the country. Free admission. Details: Alli Armstrong at (618) 252-5400 x2145 or alli.armstrong@sic.edu.

Southern Illinois Irish Festival: Oct. 7-8, at Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville. Hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Live music both days including: the Heart Strings, Brianna Brown Band, The Dorians, Roisin Dubh and the Wee Heavies. Food and drink, vendors, Scottish Highland Games, Irish Children’s Village, piper Sean Folsom, balloon artist, face painter. $10; free under 18. Bring lawn chairs. www.walkersbluff.com; facebook.com/events/1910092539243104

Blue’s Junk & Primitives Fall Gathering: Oct. 7-8, in Creal Springs beside the city building. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. More than 70 booths of antiques, primitives, handmade, rusty junk and salvage. Admission $1 for local food pantries, collected by the Southern Illinois Junk Bunch. (618) 922-1130.  

Chamber of Commerce Bass Tournament: Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Golconda Marina. Details, (618) 683-9006.

Golconda Fall Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 Golconda Fall Festival, downtown Golconda at the Pope County courthouse. Crafts, food booths, vendors, children’s activities. (618) 683-4317.

Crab Orchard Birding Tour: 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, 8588 Route 148, Marion. Tour guided by experienced birders who are refuge volunteers. Binoculars available for checkout. Free, but reservations required. (618) 997-3344.

Anna Haunted House of Horrors: 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31 at the Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St., Anna. The demons and ghouls that rule the abandoned fire station will give you a run through the maze. $5 per person or groups of 5 for $20. (904) 625-1109.

Marion Chamber Block Par-Tee: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Heartland Regional Medical Center’s Serenity Trail, 3333 W. DeYoung St., Marion. Block party, community festival and putt-putt tournament, with food, drinks, prizes, games, vendors, networking, more. Event is a fundraiser for the Marion Chamber Foundation, which coordinates Grad Spree, gives scholarships to Marion-area students and more. (618) 998-7000; www.marionillinois.com.

Howl at the Moon/Dueling Pianos: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Performance Center, 2400 Williamson County Parkway, Marion. $35/$250 for table of eight. Fundraiser for Hospice of Southern Illinois. (618) 997-3030. https://hospice.org/

Comedy Night: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Historic Log Cabin Tavern, 1105 S. Court St., Marion. Free comedy night, seating begins at 8:30 p.m. (donations for performers accepted). (618) 997-9537; www.chamberofcommerce.com/marion-il/3111420-log-cabin-tavern.

Jonesboro Colorfest Celebration: Oct. 13-14, in parking lot west of the Jonesboro post office, between the post office and Dixie BBQ. On Friday, 4-9:30 p.m. Chicken & dumplings dinner, homemade cobbler, more; Danny & the Dreamers, 6:30-9:30 p.m. On Saturday, dinner served 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Live music 3-9:30 p.m. from Joe Miller and the Hollerboys. (618) 833-8121; www.colorfestil.org/events.

Finding Forever Meow/Never Rescue Fun Run: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville. Walkers, dogs welcome. Bounce house, photo booth, face painting. $15-$30. Register at www.findingforeveranimalrescue.org/events.html. Info: (618) 985-3741.

Brawl-O-Ween Co-Ed Scrimmageathon: 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 14, The Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion. Sponsored by the Southern Illinois Roller Girls. $0-$40. (618) 993-2657; www.thepavilionevents.com.

Pickin’ at the Patch: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Rendleman Orchards, 9680 State Route 127, Alto Pass. Fall market day with creative vendors of VINTAGE, Primitives, rust, Junk, Antique & handmade items, plus apple treats. $1 admission to support Bald Knob Cross of Peace. rendlemanorchards.com.

Blue Sky Vineyard Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda. Live music, wine, helicopter rides, local artisans, food, more. $7/age 15 and younger free. (618)-995-WINE

Steeleville Oktoberfest: Oct. 14-15, downtown Steeleville. Hours: 5-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Live music, food and drink stands, entertainment, children’s games, Little Miss October crowning, variety show, more. Parade, 6 p.m. Friday. Craft fair, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. www.steeleville.org/events.html.

Fall festival/craft show: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Heritage Woods of Benton, 1305 Bailey Lane, Benton. Free admission. Vendors, games for kids, food. (618) 439-9431.

Living History Day: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the 1848 Thebes Courthouse in Thebes, Alexander County. Thebes Historical Society members will join with Egyptian High School students to present a mid-1800 court case re-enactment. Free. thebescourthouse.com.

Guided Walk to Heron Pond & Little Black Slough: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 14, Heron Pond Trail Access, Cache River State Natural Area, Belknap in Johnson County. Colorful fall walk via Heron Pond Trail and Little Black Slough Trail, exploring the history, flora and fauna of the area. Free. (618) 657-2064.

Evergreen Cemetery Comes Alive: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Evergreen Cemetery, 501 W. Holmes St., Chester. Seventeen actors take the roles of prominent people from Chester’s past. Shuttle pickup and drop-off at the Buena Vista Bank parking lot and Chester Center. Free, but donations accepted toward the restoration of historic sites in the Chester area. Sponsored by the Chester Beautification/Tourism Commission and the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter.

A Night with Kane Brown: 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson, 2400 Williamson County Parkway, Marion. The official launch party of the exclusive Kane Brown/Dr. Pepper can with music from Brown’s new self titled “Deluxe Album.” (618) 997-4577.

Chili Cook Off: Noon, Sunday, Oct. 15, Lucas Brothers Honker Hill Winery, 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale. (618) 549-5517; honkerhillwinery.com.

Civil War Days: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville. Abraham Lincoln (Fritz Klein) and acclaimed singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Chris Vallilo, will keynotes the event, which includes actors portraying Gen. Robert E. Lee and others, (618) 985-2828. www.jalc.edu/

Art Gallery Reception at Alto Vineyards: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 8515 Route 127, Alto Pass. An evening with the artists and live music as the winery presents its next installment of artwork on the gallery walls. Free. altovineyards.net.

Big Muddy Monster Brewfest: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Riverside Park, Murphysboro. bigmuddymonsterbrewfest.com.

Stone Cottage Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Stone Cottage on Chestnut Street in Chester. Collectibles, antiques, crafts. Vendor applications due by 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at City Hall and at www.chesterill.com.

Family Fun Night/5K Race/Movie: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Harry L. Crisp Sports Complex and the Rosa & Tilden Parks Rotary Amphitheater, 1606 S. Carbon St., Marion. Movie is “Secret Life of Pets,” family-friendly costumes encouraged. Face painting, costume parade. Contact, Amanda Byassee Gott at (618) 579-0579.

Pumpkin Plunge: 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, John A. Logan College Community Health Education Complex, Carterville. Floating pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, ghoulish games, costume contest, hot cocoa. Must preregister by Oct. 19. $5 per child. (618) 985-2828

Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 21, Heartland Regional Medical Center, 3333 W. DeYoung St., Marion. Costume-themed 5K benefits Relay For Life of Williamson County. runsignup.com/Race/IL/Marion/GoblinGallop5KRunWalk

Fall Colors at the Cross: 2-6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Bald Knob Cross of Peace, 3630 Bald Knob Road, Alto Pass. Music, food, fun. (618) 893-2344 or www.baldknobcross.com

St. Mary’s Halloween party: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 21, St. Mary’s School Gym, 835 Swanwick St.,

Chester. Costume parades, contests, games, prize and goody bags. For ages 0-10. Sponsored by the City of Chester Recreation Department.

Zombie Containment Camp: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Cole Memorial Park, Chester. Scavenge your way through the park while avoiding contained Zombies. Ages 11-17. Tickets free, available at Chester City Hall. Check in at 6:30 p.m.

Vulture Fest 2017: Oct. 21-22, Makanda. Each fall, vultures fly over Makanda and the surrounding areas, signaling the arrival of fall. Live music, food, shopping, art by local artists for sale. Email makandafestevents@gmail.com for details.

Fort Massac Encampment: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21-22, Fort Massac State Park, in Metropolis. Annual camp, with military and civilian craft activities and demonstrations. Post of colors, mock battles and tactical demonstrations, voyagers, traders, craftsman, children’s games, music and period food and dress. Free admission. (618) 524-4712.

Scarecrow Stroll competition: Oct. 23-30, Chester. Chester residents, businesses and community organizations make a scarecrow and display it through October. One entry per individual, family, group, organization or business. Judging from Oct. 23-30. Maps of participants are available at City Hall and on Facebook.

Witches & Warlocks Walk: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Chester Square Gazebo Park. Check in 6-7:15 p.m. Must be 18 to participate, costumes required. Scavenger hunt on foot, riddles and antics. Tickets at Chester City Hall.

Monster Bash Costume Party: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville. Mystify Music DJ, costume contests, drink specials, more. Free admission. (618) 956-9900; walkersbluff.com/

Cache River Watershed guided van tour: Oct. 27, Tunnel Hill State Trail office in Vienna. Four trips scheduled throughout the day. Learn more about the wildlife, fall flowers and foliage, history and hydrology of the Cache River Watershed. For seniors and persons with physical limitations. Advance reservation required. (618) 657-2064.

Spooky Hayride and Forest: Oct. 27-28, Main Brothers Campground, 186 Sawmill Road, Karnak. Welcome all ages. Details, (618) 634-9311.

Benton Fall Festival: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Benton Square. Trunk or Treat, hayrides, costume contests for kids and pets, crafts, vendors, food. Closes the Square. Free admission. (618) 439-6131, ext. 407.

Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at Kincaid Mounds. Presentations on the Mississippian culture and results of excavations by SIU Summer Field Schools are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Artifact displays, info tables and a walking tour to Mound 8. Free. Kincaid Mounds is 10 miles east of Brookport. kincaidmounds.com.

Halloween Bat Program: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, 8588 Route 148, Marion. Learn about the importance of bats and build bat boxes with us to encourage these important pollinators. (618) 997-3344; www.fws.gov/refuge/Crab_Orchard.

Pinckneyville Mardi Gras: Saturday, Oct. 28. Theme is “Dancin’ in the Street.” Business Trick or Treat, vendor fair along Walnut Street from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., car show, 50/50 raffle, Mardi Gras Queen pageant (on Oct. 14) and more. Mardi Gras parade at 7 p.m. Email chamber.pville@gmail.com with questions. Details and schedule at https://pinckneyville.com/mardi-gras.

Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Mill Street Underpass, Carbondale. Participants create a pumpkin race car using a single pumpkin. Free. More information at carbondalepumpkinrace.com.

Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride: 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, starts at Community Building in Olive Branch. Route options include 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 miles that wind through Horseshoe Lake and the Shawnee National Forest. Unique rest stops provide free food and drink to registered riders all along the way. Tailgate party 5-7 p.m. $40. (618) 776-5893 or tourdeshawnee.com.

Pickers Flea Market/Car Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, Pickers Outlet Mall, 9764 Herrin Road, Johnston City. Free admission; cost to show car is $15. Music from Big Elvis. Proceeds from 50/50 drawing go to The Angilina Foundation. (618) 983-5151; pickersoutletmall.com.

Trick or Treat in River City: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, Businesses, clubs and organizations distribute candy or treats of some type during trick or treat hours. Dress in costume. To be included in the advertising for the event contact the Recreation Director’s office by Oct. 13. Email chesterrecreation@chesterill.com or call (618) 826-1430. The “Haunt List Guide” will be available Oct. 25 at City Hall, Facebook @ Fall Fun In River City and at www.chesterill.com.

Du Quoin Trick or Treating: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Du Quoin’s official trick or treat hours. cityofduquoin@gmail.com

Costume Parade/Pumpkin Path: 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1st Baptist Church parking lot, 406 S. Division St., Carterville. Carterville Chamber of Commerce event, with costume judging, costume parade and the Pumpkin Path from 6-8 p.m. Bring a canned good item to participate; all food will be donated to the Carterville Food Pantry. (618) 985-6942. chamber@cartervillechamber.com

November

Blend’s farewell tour: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion. Join the Little Egypt Arts Association to celebrate Blend, the a cappella doo-wop group bringing back hits from the 50s, 60s. $12-$15. (618) 997-4030; marionccc.com; www.littleegyptarts.com.

Denim and Diamonds Dinner: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, The Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion. Community fundraiser. Silent & live auctions, a designer purse raffle, heartfelt testimonies, dancing, live entertainment. $50/$90 per couple. (618) 993-2657; www.ThePavilionEvents.com.

Harvest Moon Masquerade Ball: 7-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville. Dinner, music, silent auction, all supporting the Perry-Jackson and Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Centers. Tickets: $50, must be pre-purchased. Business casual or formal attire and bring your masquerade mask (618) 956-9900; https://walkersbluff.com.

John A Logan 50th Anniversary Celebration 5K Run/Walk: 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, John A. Logan College Community Health Education Complex, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville. 5K Run/Walk or One Mile Fun Run, on the scenic cross-country course. Preregister online or at the Community Health Education Complex. April Martines, (618) 985 2828, ext. 8557; www.facebook.com/events/1564697783590365. 

Fire Vendor Fair: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Black Diamond Performance Center, 2400 Williamson County Parkway, in Marion. Join the Southern Illinois Coal Belt Fire Protective Association for a Fire Vendor Fair. (618) 715-0070; coalbeltfire@gmail.com.

Southern Illinois Chili Cook-Off: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Marion Elks #800, 204 S. Market St., Marion. Annual chili cook-off with all proceeds benefiting local organizations. (618) 993-3151; marionelks800.com or www.facebook.com/events/173339849907110.

Trivia Night Fundraiser for Johnston City Fireworks: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Williamson County Shrine Club, 12908 Route 37, in Marion. Raise funds for Johnston City’s 2018 fireworks. $10 per person; teams can be up to six people but no fewer than four. Cash and door prizes. (618) 983-6544.

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Wine and Food Pairing: Nov. 4-5. All 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a weekend of savory and seasonal wine and food pairings, with a progressive tasting along the trail. For details and tickets, shawneewinetrail.com.

Heritage Festival: Nov. 4-5 at Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg. 40th annual event, with arts, crafts, food. Lots of unique gifts, many handmade, with more than 100 vendors. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. (618) 252-5400, ext. 3213

Miss Southern Illinois/Miss Heartland Competition: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion. The 2017 Miss Illinois/Miss Heartland competitions. (618) 997-4030; www.marionccc.com; www.facebook.com/events/1594322407266221

Purse-N-Ality: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, Herrin Civic Center, 101 S. 16th St., Herrin. Sponsored by the Herrin Chamber of Commerce, and featuring a variety of lightly used to new designer purses on display that each attendee can win. Live auction, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a signature drink. $25; a portion of the proceeds with go to The Women’s Center in Herrin. (618) 942-6115; www.HerrinCC.com.

Anna Veterans Day Parade: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, steps off at the city park entrance on Davie Street and follows Main Street to Jefferson Street and back to the park. Free. (618) 833-5182.

Winter Plant I.D.: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Cache River State Natural Area, Cache River Wetlands Center. Discover the beauty of the remains of summer flowering plants and grasses. Species barely noticeable in summer can be identified by striking seed pods or silhouettes.

Mississippi River Levee Footrace: Saturday, Nov. 11, at St. Mary’s Park on the Mississippi River Levee, Cairo. Oldest footrace in southern Illinois has 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs on the levee. Long sleeve T-shirt to all entrants, awards to winners. Entry fee. More details closer to event. (618) 734-4400.

French and Indian War re-enactment: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Fort Massac, Metropolis. Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period re-enactors present a living history program, including 18th century colonial French cooking. (618) 524-9321.

Tunnel Hill 100-Mile Run: Saturday, Nov. 11 on the scenic Tunnel Hill State Trail, in Vienna. Includes a 50-mile option. Details at durbinracemanagement.com.

ECA Gun & Knife Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11-12, The Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion. The biggest show in Illinois, with guns, ammo, knives, hunting accessories, hi-tech optics, more. (618) 993-2657; www.ThePavilionEvents.com.

AutumnFest 2017: Nov. 11-12, John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville. Preholiday arts & crafts show, a juried event for handcrafted arts, crafts and specialty foods. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. (618) 985-3741; www.jalc.edu.

Crab Orchard Birding Tour: 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, 8588 Route 148, Marion. Experienced birding volunteers lead the tour. Binoculars available at the Refuge Visitor center for check-out. Free, but reservations required. (618) 997-3344; www.fws.gov/refuge/Crab_Orchard.

Golconda Deer Festival: Nov. 16-18. Vendors, food, Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m., Deer Queen coronation Friday night. More details closer to event. (618) 683-6723. www.mainstreetgolconda.org.

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