Fall is fantastic with a number places to enjoy around the Loop. Many of these places opened for the season in September and more events are scheduled throughout the next couple of months. So whether it’s a corn maze, apple pickin’ or a hayride, check out the must-go places for autumn. Country Kids Pumpkin Patch,…

Get ready for the premiere event of the fall with the annual Centralia Fall Festival and Halloween Parade. The Fall Festival will occur in downtown Centralia and will begin at 9 a.m.  The festival features a Craft Fair and Flea Market at the Centralia Recreation Complex, free children’s games and activities, a chili cook-off, car show, local entertainment…

The Centralia Halloween Parade announced the lineup on its Facebook Page for the upcoming event, which is the 91st annual event. The parade starts at 7 p.m. tonight (10/28). A ceremony for the top prize winning floats, organizations and marching bands will follow at The lineup, which is not finalized, includes: 1. Honor Guards- Veterans of…

Village of Sandoval hosts its 4th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14. According to its Facebook page, several activities are planned, including an auto and motorcycle show, vendor fair, bags tournament, cake stand and bing and children’s area. Live entertainment will be playing throughout the day, beginning at 1 p.m. The schedule includes: JC…

A birthday bash benefit is planned for the family of Dennis Gambill this Saturday at Cornerstone Methodist Church in Centralia. The benefit includes a chili lunch, hot dogs, quarter auction, silent auction, vendor fair and much more. To donate to the cause or to send a message to the family, please visit our page.  

The theme for this year’s Halloween parade was chosen by Natalie Ann Poninski, who won a pizza party for her class at Willow Grove Grade School for her winning entry. “Animals Bring Happiness” is sure to spark several creative creature combinations for the 2017 event. The Centralia Halloween Parade is a tradition that is older than the…

Raven’s Curse Haunted House has opened to scare another round of visitors this fall. Filling more than 11,000 square feet of space in Centralia, the haunted house has many live actors, Hollywood quality sets, terrifying animatronic characters, and state-of-the-art video effects are sure to leave you screaming, according to the website. HauntedIllinois.com called it one…

Sunday, Aug. 20 6 a.m.                                  Gates Open; limited concessions open 6:30 a.m.                             Balloon Race* 9 a.m.                  …

  Saturday, Aug. 19 6 a.m.                                   Gates Open; Limited Concessions are open 6:30 a.m.                              Balloon Race* 9 a.m.            …