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Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival is held the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)
Frankfort Community Aquatics and Activities Center
Features indoor swimming, gymnasium, exercise room, weight room, and park with playground equipment. Just 10 miles for Rend Lake.
CITY: West Frankfort
Frankfort Area Historical Museum
Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, the former two story brick Logan School is now a museum featuring area mining history, memorabilia from 1802-1976, a genealogy library, and the Red Geranium Tea Room that serves homemade lunch.
CITY: West Frankfort
Veterans Military Museum Depot
The Veterans Museum Depot is a restored C&I railroad depot that is filled with memorabilia from the Civil War to Desert Storm. It has uniforms of all branches of service, a purple heart, horse saddles from World War I, insignia's & patches, gas masks, a World War II communication system and many other items on display. Many young boys of the Rend Lake area left from this very depot to go to war. On the West Frankfort Main Street just 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
CITY: West Frankfort
Pickers Paradise Antiques, Crafts and Collectibles
Pickers Paradise has a variety of antiques, crafts and collectibles. Look for one of a kind items like an antique loom, furniture and much more.
Back in Time- Primitive Corner
Located just off the interstate at Exit 59 in Johnston City, IL, this primitive store specializes in distressed and refurbished furniture. You will also find a unique selection of pictures, LED candles, Lanterns and more.
CITY: Johnston City
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
Cakes By Ally
At Cakes by Ally each cupcake flavor has its own signature design and name. In addition, each order is made unique and perfectly fit to please the customer. Ally provides custom cakes (from wedding to birthday), cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and much more. Cakes by Ally specializes in fondant decor and butter cream icing.
Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon
Fly With The Eagles Half Marathon is organized by the River to River Runners Club and is the club's first race on the calendar each year, coming in the late winter season for a cold-weather half marathon that takes runners along the roads and trails of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
Veterans On Parade
Marion proudly presents a parade to honor all Southern Illinois veterans. Over 17 bands will march & perform (awards to be given) plus floats and over 1000 veterans from all branches of service will ride or march. Entertainment and food at Fairgrounds. The annual Veterans on Parade is being held to honor all the men and women veterans throughout Southern Illinois, who have ever served our country in both war and peacetime. For more information contact Ed Davis at 618.993.3379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois State Quartet Convention
This 45th Annual event is one of the most significant southern Gospel singing events in the state of Illinois. Many quartets, duets, and even soloists showcase their talents each year over three days at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. The Nehrkorns are the host trio for the 2014 year.
Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Association is a duly-accredited state preliminary scholarship association in the Miss America Organization - the world’s largest provider of scholarship and cash assistance to young women. For four nights, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center will host preliminaries, Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen pageants, and overall finals.
Locally owned Mexican Restaurant with daily drink specials. Indoor patio for dining.
CITY: Johnston City
Triple E Bar B-Q
Family dine or carry out. Serves mouth watering BBQ with a mild or hot BBQ sauce. Also sell BBQ chicken. Breakfast buffet every Saturday and Sunday.
Crab Orchard Kennel Club AKC Dog Show
This Annual AKC Dog Show boasts many additional amenities. Sign up to bring your dog to the hearing clinic or get their nails trimmed while you wait. Over 100 breeds will try to make it to the Best In Show ring. There will also be vendors of dog treats, toys, beds, blankets and more.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Marion
Marion's newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, is conveniently located off I-57 and IL Route 13 adjacent to Rent One Park. The hotel location is minutes away from the Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA) and within 15 minutes of Southern Illinois University. Leisure travelers can explore the local culture with area wineries, Marion Civic Center, The Pavilion of the City of Marion & the Illinois Star Centre Mall. Catch a Minor League Baseball game at Rent One Park, home of the Southern Illinois Miners! As a hotel guest in Marion, Illinois, you have access to modern amenities such as wired and wireless Internet access, refrigerators and microwaves, hot breakfast and a 24 hour business center. After work or play, our indoor heated pool (open in July) and fitness center are a great way to unwind.
Family restaurant serving Italian, American, sandwiches and seafood. Buffet available. Closed on Sunday.
CITY: Johnston City
Dunn's Sporting Goods
Locally owned sporting goods store that opened in 1980. Specializes in hunting and fishing accesories, apparel, and much more. Find decoys, ammunition, and archery supplies all in one stop.
We 3 Girls Flowers
With over 15 years of experience and a lifelong passion for flowers, They carry a large selection of quality flowers to suit your taste and style. A rainbow of roses, wildflowers and seasonal blooms yield never ending combinations to create unique designs. Gourmet Baskets, Fruit Baskets, Chocolate and Theme Baskets are custom made to order. European Dish Gardens, Orchid Plants and seasonal flowering. We also carry inspirational, home decor and baby items to make the perfect gift.
Marion Airport Inn and Suites
Located right by the Williamson County Airport. Offers amenities such as continental breakfast, high speed WI-FI internet, hot tub and jacuzzi suites, and free parking.
Chuck's Depot is a locally owned hobby shop. Chuck has a large stockage of scale engines, cars, and building kits from all periods. The depot has two layouts- one in the shop for demos, and his personal one fills the basement. Chuck is also a distributor for various systems, and he carries model cars and aircraft in different scales.
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
Family experience, to dine in or carry out. Casual dining. All Authentic Mexican cuisine.
Hong Kong Buffet
Savor the tastes of the Orient with Hong Kong Buffet of Marion, IL. All the food is cooked in vegetable oil. The buffet has one large capacity dining room and of course, our incredible array of food on the buffet bars. Also offers fresh sushi bar.