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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.
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
Special programs in the farmstead kitchen: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy a lesson in history, tours of the house and grounds along with period craftsmen on site. This Sunday features Dick Lyons, a native of Montgomery County and fourth-generation farmer growing corn, soybeans, and wheat with cover crops, will share his knowledge of farming practices dating from the 1800's to today's technological world of modern agriculture. A special added feature at the June Second Sunday will be Heart Strings, a dulcimer group from Petersburg.
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
The Farmstead will offer tours of the house and grounds, history of the Marbold family and light refreshments. The Stier Trolley will be available to take visitors through Greenview where a guide will provide details of the Marbold's influence and impact on the community.Exclusive for August: "One Grand Old Lady" Readers' Theatre.
Historic Marbold Second Sunday Summer Series
Special programs in the farmstead kitchen: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Enjoy lessons in history, tours of house and grounds and period craftsmen on site. July 12 features Eastern Illinois University Associate Professor, Dr. Chris Laingen, will share data from the Census of Agriculture from 1925 to 2012 and will illustrate the changes in crops, livestock, and land use that have occurred in the Corn Belt. A special added feature at the July Second Sunday will be the Menard County Vintage Ag Association on site with some of their collection of farm implements.
Fall Foliage River Float
Take in the rich fall colors and enjoy a gentle float down the beautiful Sangamon River. Food, music and entertainment.
Triathlon-Stovepipe Sprint and Railsplitter Triathlon
The Stovepipe Sprint and Railsplitter Triathlon consists of a swim in a private lake, a bike ride on rolling country roads and a run through Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site and down the main-street of an 1800's pioneer village. For registration and more information
Morgan Horse Demonstration
Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club (MVMHC) will present historic demonstrations of the Morgan Horse, "America's first breed," Also included will be demonstrations of modern uses of the Morgan horse, including trail riding, dressage, driving and society horse shows. There will be ongoing horse activities to observe between sessions, a large variety of free educational and promotional materials for adults and kids, and an opportunity to visit with MVMHC members and get up close to the beautiful Morgan horses.
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.
West of Wise Winery
Recently opened in February 2015, the West of Wise Winery is a small batch winery located south of Petersburg, Illinois featuring wines from Illinois grown grapes and other select vineyards. Many of the grapes are from the family vineyard - Ratio Vineyard in Kilbourne, Illinois.
J.K. Williams Distilling
As the descendants of bootleg whiskey-making master J.K. Williams, they feel a certain responsibility to bring craft whiskey-and bourbon-making back to the Peoria area. Their great-great-grandpa was a family man with an extraordinary work ethic and an undeniable talent for making some of the best whiskey of his time.
Annual Abe’s River Race
Abe’s Canoe Race is a celebration on the beautiful Sangamon River that led a young Abraham Lincoln to settle in New Salem and, of course, the rest is history. This event features a 19 mile canoe/kayak race for the serious competitors along with a gentle float for adults and families on a shorter course. This is a great way to see the river that is largely undeveloped and unchanged. Following the race, you’ll want to take in the fun at Riverbank Lodge for the Awards Ceremony, fresh grilled food, live music and drinks. Enjoy summer fun in the sun in beautiful Petersburg, Illinois, just two miles north of Lincoln’s New Salem.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
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.
The Annual Rib Festival is a time to wrap up another great summer season and enjoy fresh grilled ribs, along with live entertainment. Add your favorite wines and drinks to the mix and you’ll have a great afternoon of fun in the sun at Hill Prairie Winery.
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 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.
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC.
Just as you were converted to craft beers after sipping that first microbrew, you’re sure to be won over by the quality of craft whiskey. You’ll never go back to gulping run-of-the-mill whiskey after experiencing the smooth, warm flavor of our whiskey and bourbon made in small batches in pot stills. At J.K. Williams, our passion is your pleasure. Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays for group-friendly tours and tasting!
Opened in 1994, our Pekin location bar and grill is open until 1:00 AM seven days a week, with the kitchen serving food until 12 midnight. Conveniently located, Pekin Kouri’s is full of Pekin memorabilia, including signed photos of various celebrities and sports stars. Equipped with 22 televisions, seating 125 inside and 80 in our outdoor patio, this is the place for all your sports bar needs. Luxuriate in the resort-like atmosphere of our patio, with a hooded crackling fire pit that adds that extra special touch. Burgers, steak, ribs, and chicken are popular menu items, with catfish served on Fridays. Buffalo wings, boneless wings, and oven-seared wings, in 12 different sauces, from Kamikaze super hot to delicious honey BBQ. An added dining bonus: our Pekin location serves pizza with 5 different sauce selections — and we also offer our own genuine, made fresh daily, Lebanese hummus (served with baked pita dipping bread), that is way better than anything you could buy at a grocery store. We also feature a kids menu, so bring the whole family. Daily food specials, with catfish every Friday.
Firehouse Pizza & Pub
Firehouse Pizza & Pub in East Peoria is a family friendly pizzeria offering made-to-order pizzas using the freshest meats, cheeses and vegetables available and using our own dough made daily on-site. Try our special "sweet sauce" or one of our original 8 sauces. After enjoying the highest quality pizza in town, visit our contemporary pub right next door. Small group tours welcome!
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.
Echo Valley Meats
Echo Valley Meats is located in beautiful Bartonville, IL where the local community has come to know and trust Dave Alwan and his staff to provide products that are "a cut above" the large grocery store's offerings. "It's simple", says Dave. "We offer the best quality meats at affordable prices". That, along with impeccable customer service from the owner himself, makes Echo Valley Meats the obvious choice. So try a steak package or a grilling bundle and see what the locals in Bartonville, Il (Right outside of Peoria, Il) are raving about. You will NOT be disappointed. Guaranteed. Bonus trivia: Dave Alwan represented Echo Valley Meats on the hit t.v show, "Shark Tank"!
Featuring fajitas, steaks, ribs and a large selection of signature salads, sandwiches and burgers, including low-fat, low-carb entrees.
Holiday Inn Express - Pekin
The Holiday Inn Express® Pekin (Peoria Area) hotel's location between downtown and I-155 makes it the perfect place to stay. Guests are mere minutes from both Avanti's Dome and Mineral Springs park, while Peoria is 20 miles from this hotel's accommodations in vibrant Pekin, Illinois. Business guests are well equipped to work away from the office thanks to free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and a business center that's open 24 hours. They're also one mile from meetings at the Avanti's Dome Banquet Center, or they can host a board meeting or gathering of up to 100 in the hotel's facilities. Pekin Insurance, Excel Foundry, Continental Carbonics and PAL Health Technologies are located within 10 miles. Lick Creek Golf Course is nearby, too. You can enjoy a tasting at Willett's Winery or head to nearby Peoria for Par-A-Dice Casino and Riverfront Park. Use your downtime from meetings and sightseeing to get energized in the fitness center or relax in the pool and spa.
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.