The fest will span several city blocks where visitors will have their choice of events happening on two festival stages, a family fun area, a craft village, food, drink, and games! Horseradish Fest opens Friday, June 2 and 3 from 11 AM to 11 PM. Rain or shine, the fest will go on!
Approximately 60 percent of the world's horseradish is grown in the Collinsville area. The Illinois Horseradish Growers Association includes close to a dozen farms in Madison and St. Clair counties, ranging from five to 500 acres of production. The area lies within the “American bottoms,” a Mississippi River basin with soils rich in potash, a nutrient that allows for healthy horseradish growth. Nationwide, roughly 24 million pounds of horseradish roots are ground and processed each year to produce some 6 million gallons of prepared horseradish. Illinois produces the largest supply with Collinsville-based J.R. Kelly Co. being the nation’s top supplier, marketing an annual 10 million to 12 million pounds of roots- earning the nickname “The Horseradish House.”
In celebration of this spicy, prized crop, Collinsville is throwing a party and everyone is invited! It's the one time of the year you can purchase fresh ground horseradish directly from the growers- and the only horseradish festival of its kind in the world! Come add some spice to your life and enjoy the live music, food, and vendors celebrating one of the biggest crops in Illinois!