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2015 Flying Gish Festival and Bow Fishing Tournament
Weigh in is at 2pm at Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria IL. $120/team of up to four Activities: 5am bowfishing tournament begins from Bass Pro Shops 10am-3pm-Flying Fish Festival-Bass Pro Shops Parking Lot Taste Testing, Entertainment, Kids Activities, IL. Dept of Natural Resources, Wildlife Prairie Park, Tons of fun for the family! 6pm Preservation and Conservation Dinner at Itoo Hall CALL: 309-674-9715 for more information A family friendly festival highlighted by the first inaugural Bow Fishing Tournament! This event will include cash prizes, activities on both sides of the river, educational displays, and local chefs preparing cuisine using the flying fish. The tournament is for registered competitors only, however, the additional activities are open to the public. The money raised from this event will go to support the Union Sportsman Alliance and the Preservation of the Peoria Labor Temple. All partners of this event support The Flying Fish Festival as one piece of a larger effort to deal with an Illinois River invasive species: Asian Carp. This Flying Fish Festival gives locals and visitors an opportunity to experience the excitement both on the water, shore and on the plate.
8th Judicial Circuit Marker
One of the last remaining markers erected in 1922 marks the 8th Judicial Circuit on which Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Trail run consists of a 5k, 10k and 15k run on trails through Lincoln's New Salem. In addition to the terrain of the 5k course, the 10k and 15k courses will take you past an 1800's reproduction flatboat, grist mill, up and down more than 150 steps, past a pioneer cemetery and on to the Finish Line at the museum.
Annual Chicken Wing Contest
The Annual Chicken Wing Cook off at Hill Prairie Winery is a large festival that features competing chefs preparing their favorite (and often unique) wing flavors. Visitors can purchase wings and vote for their favorites. The music of Dueling Pianos is back by popular demand, so enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the rolling hills of beautiful Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford, Illinois. And be sure to try some terrific, and award winning, wines from grapes grown on site.
Annual Chili Cookoff
The Annual Chili Cook-off is a popular fall event that features area chefs preparing their favorite chilies. The celebration gives patrons the chance to sample some great chilies and vote for their favorite, while enjoying live music and locally produced wines. Enjoy a hot bowl of chili on a colorful fall day at Hill Prairie Winery.
Annual Harvest Fest - Downtown Petersburg
Harvest Fest is a major fall festival in the heart of Petersburg, IL on the historic square and features a huge parade, street vendors, live music, a large antique car show, games, contests, children’s attractions, fresh food and BBQ and much more.
Annual Marbold Farmstead Antique Show
Located at Historic Marbold Farmstead just south of Greenview on 21722 State Hwy. 29 (20 miles north of Springfield). Featuring country primitives, furniture, textiles, pottery, Americana for sale. Dealers from several states and food available. 9am-3pm. The Marbold Farmstead was the central hub of the Marbold family farmland holdings which consisted of over 4,000 acres and was virtually self-sufficient. The original house was built in 1850 and was one of the most notable homes in central Illinois. It is being restored and is home to an annual Antique Show featuring a wide range of vendors. Enjoy a beautiful natural setting and find the perfect items. Take in food, drinks, activities and demonstrations. Country Primitives, Furniture, Pottery, Textiles and Americana from dealers from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Central Illinois. Period Craftsmen will demonstrate rag rug weaving, broom making, quilting, spinning, hat making, soap making. Proceeds to benefit restoration of the Marbold Farmstead.
Tazewell County's newest sports complex. 75,900 square feet this versatile facility is unlike any other in all of Illinois. There is literally something for everyone as the Avanti's Dome plays host to soccer, softball and football leagues and tournaments, as well as trade shows, meetings and conventions.
Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area
Fishing, boating, picnicking in the out-of-doors.
Bass Pro Shops
We offer outdoor enthusiasts 3 1/2 football fields of shopping excitement with the area's largest selection of equipment and clothing for hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, outdoor cooking and more. A gift and nature center will also serve up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture. A restaurant and themed bowling facility. An expansive boat showroom will feature Tracker, Nitro, Mako and SunTracker boats built by Tracker Marine Group-the world's largest manufacturer of fishing boats. A boat service center will also be available. Unique exterior and interior motifs have branded Bass Pro Shops as visually appealing, high quality outdoor stores. The outdoors is brought indoors with massive log and rock work, large aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species, along with an extensive collection of aquarium quality fish and wildlife exhibits.
Basta at Eastport
Batsa at Eastport is a cozy italian bistro featuring contemporary and traditional italian cuisine along with steaks, seafood and much more! Their extensive wine list will leave wine-lovers satisfied. Basta features wines shipped from Italy, Australia, Spain, and various vineyards across the United States. They also have domestic and imported beers.
Bethel One Room Schoolhouse
An icon of days past, this one-room schoolhouse has been restored by the Emden Historical Society.
Books & Crooks
This library is located in the town's old jailhouse, and still features the original cells. Feel free to take a book and curl up in your favorite cell.
Bourbon's Lounge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
Unwind with a nightcap at Bourbon's Lounge, located in the Par-A-Dice Resort & Casino. A gorgeous wood interior united with live piano music and friendly service will create the perfect end to your day. Choose from an array of premium beers, wines, and spirits, or choose a selection from our list of specialty cocktails.
Visit Boyd's, central Illinois' premiere steakhouse! Select from our extensive lists of wine and single malt scotch, and indulge your craving for steak with a selection from our mouth-watering menu. Boyd's now offers complimentary valet parking and free WI-FI for their guests.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Full-service, sports-themed, family grill and bar, featuring wings w/14 signature sauces, burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, and more. Offering interactive trivia and 42 plasma/big screen TVs.
Best Burger this side of Paradise, you can bet on it! Right next to the Par-A-Dice Casino overlooking the Illinois River. Famous award winning burgers in a laid back no frills, kick back and relax atmosphere.
Candlelight Tour of New Salem
Bring the family to experience New Salem village after dark. Interpreters in period clothing will welcome you into the reconstructed log homes of the historic village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years.
Canton Harvester Inn
A new boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Canton. The hotel's unique choice of art is historic pictures of Canton. The decor is natural browns and greens with maple woods. With 35 rooms, each guest suite has two king size beds, a refrigerator, microwave, large screen television mounted to the wall, availability of pay-per-view movies, a desk with data ports, and all the modern amenities One of the two meeting rooms will be fully fitted with the latest in technology such as digital projectors, automatic screens which come down from the ceiling, lighting controls, phones, and a conference table and classroom setting with data hookups for 25 to 30 people. The other room is more of a multi-purpose room where food can be served. The exercise facility has weights, tread mill, stair stepper, and other pieces of fitness equipment.
Carl Spindler Campgrounds
Nestled adjacent to the beautiful Illinois river and Spindler Marina. On the bank of the picturesque Illinois River, you will find Spindler Campground and Marina in East Peoria open year round. We offer 52 paved sites with electricity and varying combinations of water and sewer hookups and 26 primitive sites also with electricity. Shower and laundry facilities are available to campers along with a shelter, fire rings and playground equipment.
Carl Spindler Marina
Part of the Riverfront Greenway, Spindler Marina is a public gateway to the Illinois River, offering reasonable rates, parking and storage. Make Spindler Marina your launch today. Available for public boat launch, slip rental and dry dock storage. Pick up your ice, boating or camping supplies at the Marina office. With a picnic and shelter area, rest rooms available seasonally, and the beautiful views from the River Trail Boardwalk, make Spindler Marina your next Illinois adventure.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise with Wine Margaritas & Jimmy Buffet Music
The Annual Cheeseburgers in Paradise Festival is always a big hit with Wine Margaritas & a Jimmy Buffet Cover Band. The music is fantastic, the Cheeseburgers are the best and don’t forget our famous Wine Margaritas! Bring your friends and enjoy the summer sounds of Jimmy Buffet music along with your favorite drinks in the natural setting of Hill Prairie Winery.
Featuring fajitas, steaks, ribs and a large selection of signature salads, sandwiches and burgers, including low-fat, low-carb entrees.
Concorde Inn & Suites
Concorde Inn & Suites is Pekin's only full service hotel that is locally owned. The Concorde has 119 guest rooms, including two room suites. Amongst our many amenities we offer complimentary continental breakfast, free wi-fi, fitness center, guest laundry, business center, free guest parking with separate lot for larger vehicles. McCritter's restaurant and lounge is accessible through the hotel lobby. Concorde Inn & Suites is the only hotel in Pekin, Illinois that has a large outdoor pool.