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Community Night

Benton-West City, IL - Benton-West City Community Night is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at Rent One Park in Marion. Game time is 7 p.m. The theme is "Girls Night Out" as the Southern Illinois Miners take on the Normal Cornbelters.

| PHONE (618) 438-2121

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Game Day with the Miners

Marion, IL - Play games and meet the players and mascot of the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team. Open to children and teens 19 and younger. 10 a.m. at the Marion Carnegie Library - 206 S. Market St.

| WEB LINK | (618) 993-5935

 JUNE 25
 Stars of Tomorrow Show

Draffenville, KY - You won't want to miss the Kentucky Opry Stars of Tomorrow show! It's a Branson-style show in the heart of western Kentucky featuring the best young performers from several surrounding states. The show features the country hits of yesterday and today, good ole-fashioned comedy, rock-n'-roll hits of the 50s and 60s, as well as some of the best young musicians around. When the show is over, you may be thinking the show should be renamed the Stars of Today.

| WEB LINK | E-MAIL | Phone: (270)527-3869

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 Reggie LaFaye at Kentucky Opry

Draffenville, KY . - featuring Reggie LaFaye "The Sax Man", Reggie has performed professionally for more than 40 years with stars such as Loretta Lynn, Lee Greenwood, The Mandrells, Pat Boone, Little Richard, Reba McIntyre, Conway Twitty, Roy Rogers to name a few. Also appearing - The Kentucky Opry Country Music Show. featuring Clay Campbell, Cody Campbell, Uncle Jud, Logan Oakley, Hunter Wright, Rachel Witt and more. Adults $19 Seniors $18 Student $10, Child $7.50 (12 & under)

| WEB LINK | E-MAIL | Phone: (270)527-3869


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Art Around The Square

Carbondale,IL - A series of open houses at over thirty downtown businesses, featuring local artists and town square commerce. Also featured will be a free concert, film screening, and a Benefit Dinner at the Longbranch Coffeehouse for the For Kids Sake project. 6-10 pm. 100 blocks of Washington, Illinois, Main, and Jackson Streets. FREE EVENT.

| E-MAIL | PHONE (618) 529-8040

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Daze of Darkness in Concert

Mt Vernon,IL - Daze of Darkness is an acoustic rock band. 9 p.m. at the Tavern on 10th 224 S. 10th.

| WEB LINK | E-MAIL | PHONE (618) 244-7821


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Gary Allen at Harrah's Metropolis

Metropolis, IL - Don't miss country superstar Gary Allan on Saturday, July 3 as he performs great hits like "Songs about Rain", "Nothin on but the Radio","Right Where I Need to Be", and many more! Tickets start at $20 and are on sale NOW. 8:00 PM - tickets Starting at $20. Riverfront Event Center.

| PHONE (888) 512-SHOW (7469)


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The Rend Lake Fireworks Festival

Benton,IL - The event begins at 4 p.m. Parking is $5 per vehicle, and that is a donation towards the fireworks. Participants will enjoy live music provided by Sojourn from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the S.I. Concert Band from 8 to 9 p.m. The area's largest fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. with live music from the So. Il. Concert Band. A free children's area for ages 12 and under features face painting, crazy hair up-do’s by Studio RLC of Mt Vernon, the Smokehouse from the Sesser Fire Department, Air-Up Playground provided by our sponsors, and temporary tattoos and balloons from the Whittington Clowns. The carnival will run from July 1 through 4.



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Hamilton County Fair Talent Contest

McLeansboro,IL - Wednesday July 7th - 7pm. Come and enjy some great food & entertainment. Prizes in all 4 divisions. For Entry Form Call or email. "Show us your talent"

| E-MAIL | PHONE (618) 648-2226


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Sparta BluesFest

Sparta,IL - Band Line up: Special Guest (TBA) - Midnight Run - Lew Jetton & 61 South - Rockin Daddy O - Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio.
3:00 at Sparta Eagles - 112 East Main St. Event Cost: $5.00

| E-MAIL | PHONE (618) 443-4616


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Marion,IL - Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show." Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger than life adolescent manage to vanquish the program's reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair?
July 22-23 7pm, July 24th 2pm & 7pm at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center - 800 Tower Square Plaza. Tickets - $10.00.

| E-MAIL | PHONE (618) 727-4166



Every Thursday beginning May - October
Benton Farmer's Market

Benton, IL - Benton Farmers Market runs 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday beginning May 6 and continuing through Thursday, October 28th. The event is held on the grounds of the Benton Civic Center, 414 Hudelson St., Benton. Nestled on the wooded side of the Benton Civic Center parking lot, you will enjoy a fair like atmosphere. 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Benton Civic Center - 414 Hudelson St. Fee to be a vendor.

| (618) 453-2776 |


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Southern Illinois Music Festival

Southern IL - "Romeo & Juliet" and other tales of tragic love set the theme for this year's Festival. The talents of professional and studying musicians are showcased in opera, ballet, chamber, jazz, and symphonic programming. Come enjoy classical music, art, and jazz in the hills of Southern Illinois. Most events are free.

| WEBSITE | PHONE (618) 453-2776



Karbers Ridge, IL - Step back 200 million years, hiking scenic bluffs and challenging trails through the sprawling Shawnee National Forest, which spans over 270,000 acres and stretches between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Explore the forest on horseback or grab a backpack and hike the 160-mile River to River trail. Rock climbing and rapelling are permitted in several designated areas.

| PHONE (618) 287-2201.