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Alton Cracker Factory Great Rivers Lodging
The Cracker Factory is nestled in the scenic Mississippi River town of Alton, Illinois. Guests can stay in the luxury and comfort of the Cracker Factory while visiting Alton for business or leisure. While there, they find easy access to many historic sites and the renowned Antique District. A variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural events are waiting to be enjoyed.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
5K Freedom Fun Run
Celebrate the 4th of July with the 5K Freedom Fun Run through the picturesque scenery of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. Show your patriotic side at this festive 5K.
Route 66 Half Marathon, 5K, Mile Dash
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
Big Dawg Dare
Are you a Big Dawg? Try this extreme 5K run through mud, mud, and more mud. Don’t forget, there are 30 obstacles too.
Litchfield Pickers Market
This open air market specialized in items prior to 1980 including: antique, vintage, and refurbished items. Hundreds of vendors flood the streets of Downtown Litchfield every second Sunday of the month from April to October from 9 AM to 3 PM, beginning on the corner of Union Avenue (Route 16) and State Street. Food is available and live entertainment happens all day in Library Park.
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. This parade began in 1868. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those who serve our country.
Birds of Prey at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
Bald eagles aren't the only raptors that make the region their home. Find out what other raptors live in the area during a live meet and greet with raptors from TreeHouse Wildlife Center. The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower will open at 9:30 a.m. with the Birds of Prey show from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Point of Departure
Come and commemorate the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Camp River Dubois. View life in 1803-1804 as the men prepare for their departure and re-enactors portray military life. On the grounds are craft exhibitors demonstrating early American skills, woodworking, candle making, marching drills, cooking and shooting demonstrations.
First Stop Bake Shop
Artisan retail bake shop offering a variety of baked goods and wedding cakes. Open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A gypsy inspired coffee shop located inside Alton's historic Milton Schoolhouse.
Masters of the Sky
Witness the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program. Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The National Great Rivers Museum will be full of crafts and activities for the kids, opportunities for photos with "Eric the Eagle", and more!
Spoon Baking Company
Bakery sweet treats, fresh brewed coffee, specialty coffee, tea, and catering.
"Simply delicious" pastries and desserts that are sure to please every palate. Whether you are looking for a little taste of Europe, delicious coffee & tea, or cookies like grandma made (with just a little panache) you will find them at LuciAnna's Pastries. Come & relax in our warm inviting atmosphere.
Elijah P.'s Burgers and Brews
Elijah P.'s Burgers and Brews is a themed restaurant that celebrates Alton area history. Menu includes gourmet burgers, and other upscale menu items. Also serving 60 different beers on tap.
1904 General Store
The 1904 General Store came from the 1904 World's Fair. We sell fudge, chocolate bars, candy, and retail gifts/furniture. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Sweet Ashley's Cottage
Antiques, vintage, retro and rustic home decor. Custom refinished & repurposed furniture. Unique gifts. Open Thursday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Mississippi Mud Pottery
Natural clay materials are molded and crafted right before your eyes into creative, functional stoneware pottery. Choose from a wide variety of handmade pieces to enjoy in everyday settings or as decorative objects. A popular item are the ceramic fish. Actual fish that have been caught on a hook and line are used to create a mold and clay is used to reproduce a likeness of the fish. After firing, the clay is glazed and natural or artistic colorations are applied. The finished piece is a unique one of a kind piece - a reminder of the one that did not get away! Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, noon to 4 p.m.
Live music venue and pub with full bar. Two stages and an extensive sound system accommodates a variety of live music and entertainment ranging from original songwriters, local talent and regional acts. Open F & S 4 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
E.L. Flanagan's is where food, friends and fun come together. They have wings, appetizers, salads, sandwiches & wraps, pizza & pasta, soups & chili, steaks & chops, chicken & seafod and burgers and baskets.
Farmers Restaurant & Bakery
Farmers Restaurant has been a 3rd generation family owned business since 2003. They specialize in ‘Famous Pressurized Fried Chicken’, ‘Grandma’s Homemade Cheesecake’, ‘Carrot Cake’, ‘Grandma’s Bread Pudding’ and many delicious pies and other desserts! Their carry-out menu features a choice of family meals at exceptional prices and their dine-in provides variety in our menu such as steaks, seafood, pastas or chicken dinners, and much more! All dine-in customers begin their meals with Farmer's freshly baked yeast rolls and sweet corn muffins. Farmers also serve varieties of salads, soups, chili, and sandwiches, and, of course, many desserts to choose from.