July 2015
Calendar of Events
for the French Colonial Country
of the Middle Mississippi River Valley

including Ste. Genevieve & Jefferson Counties in Missouri
& Randolph, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois
   
We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in French Colonial Country.  Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend. 
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BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
  July 18 - July 19, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 South Belt East

This event features over 600 tables and 300 to 400 vendors selling antiques and collectibles. There is both old and new merchandise and it's indoor/outdoor year round.
Free
For more information call 618-233-0052
  or visit the venue's website

FOURTH FRIDAY
ART WALK

Sainte Genevieve, MO
  Friday, July 24, 2015
6 pm - 9 pm
Historic downtown Sainte Genevieve
Several galleries in Sainte Genevieve are offering the opportunity to view the art works of Sainte Genevieve area and regional artists with a variety of art forms that will offer something for everyone. Other retail businesses will also participate in the event by being open during the same hours. Refreshments will be served at various locations and maps are available at each location designating which galleries and studios are open.
Free

For more information visit the event website
     
Probable Events
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.

FREE SUMMER CONCERTS
Waterloo, IL
  Through August 26, 2014
8 pm every Tuesday night
Monroe County Courthouse Grounds, 100 South Main Street
On any summer Tuesday night you can find a true touch of Americana as the conductor strikes up the Waterloo Municipal Band for another concert. The Bandís repertoire includes marches, show tunes, standards, some light classical selections, and yes, a little rock and roll! In keeping with the German heritage of the community, the band also indulges the crowd with an occasional polka.
Free
For more information visit the band's website

OPEN AIR MARKET
AT THE BOLDUC

Sainte Genevieve, MO
  Through August 31, 2014
Saturdays & Sundays: 8 am - 3 pm
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street (parking lot in back
This collaboration between the Sainte Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project and the Bolduc House Museum features a variety of items will be sold at the market including herbs, plants, flowers, produce, fresh-baked breads from the Bolduc House, handmade crafts, vintage items, and antiques.
Free
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or more information call 573-883-3105

ART EXHIBIT
Belleville, IL
  July 3 - August 15, 2014
Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and school holidays
Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville Bicentennial Exhibition: 200 features items on loan from Belleville area residents and organizations that tell the story of Belleville's 200 years. The exhibition is presented by the Belleville Bicentennial History and Archives Committee, including the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, St. Clair County Historical Society, the Labor and Industry Museum, Belleville Historical Society, Gustave Koerner House Committee and the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.
Free
For more information call 618-222-5278
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BIG BANG 5K RUN
 

Arnold, MO
  Friday, July 4, 2014
7 am
Arnold Park, #1 Bradley Beach Road
Big Bang 5K Run Against Hunger (and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk) is back bigger and better in 2014! Set your 5K PR on this flat, fast course. Run the USATF measured blacktop course among the trees in beautiful Arnold Park. 5K Chip Timing by Fleet Feet Sports. There will be awards, prizes, and some amazing holiday/summer themed raffle baskets! All proceeds benefit Arnold Food Pantry, providing food and household necessities to persons in need in Arnold and nearby areas for 30 years.
Registration Fee
To register and for more information visit the event website or call 636-287-3663

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Columbia, IL
  Friday, July 4, 2014
Grounds open at 11 am, Breakfast at Legion Hall at 9 am
American Legion Memorial Park, 375 E. Locust Street
The community of Columbia bands together to form the July Fourth Committee and puts on this Independence Day celebration that features food, beer, and other refreshments, bingo, a washer tournament, a Kloepper tournament, and other entertainment. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Free
For more information call 618-281-5556

LIBERTY BELL OF THE
WEST CELEBRATION
Kaskaskia, IL
  Friday, July 4, 2014
11 am - 3 pm
Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Site
,1st Street
This annual celebration takes place at the site of the Liberty Bell of the West, which was rung when
Rogers Clark and his Long Knives captured Kaskaskia on July 4, 1778. A ceremony starts at 12:30 with speakers and the French Colonial Marines from nearby Fort de Chartres. The celebration also features live music, food and other refreshments, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception will be open for tours.
Free
For more information call 618-826-2667

OLD FASHIONED
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

Mascoutah, IL
  Friday, July 4, 2014
4 pm

Scheve Park, Harnett Street
This hometown celebration is held to encourage and strengthen the relationship between surrounding communities and the city. The event features softball and kickball tournaments, rides, kids games, good & drinks, raffle, poker, artisans, fireworks and more! Music provided by various local groups with the US Air Force Band of MidAmerica playing in the evening. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.
Free
For more information call 618-281-5556

4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES
Sainte Genevieve, MO
  Friday July 4, 2014
Evening event
Pere Marquette Park, North Main Street

This fireworks display is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Sainte Genevieve in the city park overlooking the Mississippi River. A Pops Musical concert will be held before the fireworks followed by live entertainment and a Beer Garden after the fireworks.
Free
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or more information call 1-800-373-7007

RANDOLPH COUNTY FAIR
RODEO
Sparta, IL
  July 4 - July 5, 2014
CANCELLED
8 pm
Randolph County Fair Grounds, West Belmont Street
The Sparta County Fair is hosting a Lone Star Rodeo tour event. The Lone Star Rodeo Company is a family operated enterprise with a tradition of providing top-notch stock and competition, pageantry, and family entertainment.
Admission

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or more information call 618-317-1904

SAINTE GENEVIEVE
COUNTY FAIR
Sainte Genevieve, MO
  July 10 - July 13, 2014
9 am - 9 pm daily
Sainte Genevieve County Fairgrounds, 22079 White Sands Roads
The Sainte Genevieve County Fair includes a parade, livestock shows, demolition derby, horse show, truck pulls, tractor pulls, queen contest, 4H and FFA exhibits and a band on Friday night. There is a lot to see and do for adults and children all weekend with plenty of good food and entertainment.
Free
For more information call 573-883-3548 or 1-800-373-7007
  or visit the event's website
SMITHTON TURNER PICNIC
Smithton, IL
  July 11 - June 12, 2014
4:pm -Midnight
7 miles south of Belleville on IL-159 at Smithton Turner Park (Across from the Church)

The town of Smithton hosts this annual event featuring Famous Smithton fish-Plates & Sandwiches. Both days feature quilt/cash bingo, beer garden, children's games and inflatables, basket raffle, sausage stand, silent auction, fruit stand, pillowcase stand, fanny quilts, cookbooks, cake raffle, and more. Live entertainment on both nights.
Free

For more information call 618-233-4180

RANDOLPH COUNTY FAIR
Sparta, IL
  July 11 - July 20, 2014
Randolph County Fair Grounds, 506 West Belmont Street
This fair features special events, variety of foods, parade, 4H, livestock, and agricultural exhibits. Events scheduled include a Craft Fair, 4H small animal judging and open horse show, a 4 wheeler pull and lawn mower, a 4H horse show, a 4H livestock auction, a tractor and truck pull, and a mud bog.
Free parking and entry to the fairgrounds, admission charged for special events.

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or more information call 618-443-2916

MOONLIGHT MADNESS
Sainte Genevieve, MO
  Thursday, July 17, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm

Historic Downtown Sainte Genevieve
Moonlight Madness is Sainte Genevieveís annual evening sales event. Discounts, door prizes, and lots of fun! Make a purchase at 5 participating businesses and get your name in a drawing for prizes. Wear your pjs for additional savings or offers, which will vary from shop to shop.
Free
For more information call 573-883-7919

JEFFERSON COUNTY FAIR

Hillsboro, MO
  July 17 - July 20, 2014
10349 Highway 29
Large and small concerts, Barrel Racing, Bull Buckoff, Truck & Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby, carnival rides & games, contests, crafts, food & drinks, and more - the Fair has something for kids, teens, and adults!
Admission
For more information call 636-797-3900
  or visit www.jeffersoncountyfair.net

MONROE COUNTY FAIR

Waterloo, IL
  July 20 - July 27, 2014
Monroe County Fairgrounds Park, 4177 IL-156 
This annual fair features agricultural exhibits and many horse related events. Other exhibits include arts and crafts, 4-H projects, floral arrangements, art and photography, and quilts. Carnival rides are a favorite and local organizations offer food and refreshments. The Fair Grandstand events range from tractor pulls to the FFA competition and the annual Fair Queen Pageant and the Little Miss contest.
See website for admission details

For more information call 618-939-7796
  or visit www.monroecounty-fair.org

ART EXHIBIT
Belleville, IL
  July 20 - August 15, 2014
Monday: 10 am - 3 pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 South DeMazenod Drive, Visitors Center

Gateway East Artists' Guild Exhibit: The Gateway East Artists' Guild is a group pf people representing a wide variety artistic backgrounds and skill levels from professional, nationally recognized artists, to those just starting out. This exhibit features approximately 130 pieces of artwork in many mediums including painting, sculpture, pottery, drawing, and other unusual art forms. Artwork may be purchased through the gift shop.
Free
For more information call 618-397-6700
SMITHTON HOMECOMING
Smithton, IL
  July 25 - June 26, 2014
4:pm -Midnight
7 miles south of Belleville on IL-159 at Smithton Turner Park (Across from the Church)

The town of Smithton hosts this annual event featuring Famous Smithton fish-Plates & Sandwiches. Both days feature quilt/cash bingo, beer garden, children's games and inflatables, basket raffle, sausage stand, silent auction, fruit stand, pillowcase stand, fanny quilts, cookbooks, cake raffle, and more. Live entertainment on both nights. A parade is held on Saturday at 5 pm.
Free

For more information call 618-233-4180
 

TIGER DAY FESTIVAL
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
  Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, 19620 State Route B
Come celebrate International Tiger Day and meet a tiger keeper, watch the cats receive special treats in their yards. This is a great day to bring the whole family for a day of fun and activities with games and crafts for all age levels! Lunch will be available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Tiger Sanctuary.
Minimal cost and maximum fun.
For more information call 573-330-7334
  or visit the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary website

GREAT TRAIN EXPO

Belleville, IL
  July 27 - July 27, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 South Belt East

This event features a packed building, including the Main Exhibit Hall & the Trophy Room full of dealers with all sizes and scales! There will be hundreds of tables with exhibitors from across the country. Meet with dealers with everything imaginable for trains & model railroading from engines, rolling stock, DVDís, hats, scenery material, track, decals, T-Shirts, books, magazines, tools, and more. There will be trains kids can play with, an amazing LEGO Layout, a riding train for kids, free workshops and demonstrations, and door prizes!.
Admission, kids under 12 are free. Free Parking.
For more information call 618-233-0052
  or visit the event's webpage
   

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