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…

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…

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,…

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.            …

Friday, Aug. 18 3 p.m.                        Gates Open 3:30 p.m.                   Opening Ceremony   Centralia High School Marching Showcase 4:30 to 7 p.m.             Class Clowns approx. 5 p.m.      …

Rising country star Drew Baldridge released a lyric video for his new single “Dirt On Us,” a boys-will-be-boys mid-tempo with scenes filmed in Patoka, Ill. The video was the latest to feature his southern Illinois hometown. In 2013, Baldridge invited a couple hundred of his friends for a pasture party in Patoka. One of his…