Whether you're into music, football, parades, chocolate or wine and art, Crawford County has something going on this weekend for you.
Several events are taking place around the county this weekend, including the annual Heath Harvest Festival in Robinson and the Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival in Palestine. Oblong and Lincoln Trail College also have events scheduled for this week.
Heath Harvest Festival
Robinson will host its annual tribute to the candy bar that helped put it on the map Friday and Saturday.
Things get underway Friday with a bake sale downtown from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The annual car show, sponsored by Auto Zone, is 5:30 to 9 p.m. on South Cross. Robinson and Flat Rock Masonic lodges will be serving food.
The band "Dicks and Jane" will perform on stage beginning at 7 p.m.
Crawford County Historical Society's "Nite at the Museum" is 6 to 9 p.m. in the former Schmidt Clinic, 408 S. Cross. Museum volunteers will be dressed in costumes and will be providing guided tours throughout the museum. A bake sale will be held and a prize for the person who guesses how many match books are displayed from the Heath collection will be given. Various door prizes will be given throughout the evening. Everyone may attend.
Saturday activities start with a pancake and sausage breakfast for a free will donation at the Crawford County Jail from 6 to 10 a.m. Proceeds from the breakfast, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, benefit the newly established Robert M. Cravens Scholarship.
Wabash Valley Occupational Health is sponsoring the Heath Harvest Festival United Way Run. The event gets underway from Silverthorne Chevrolet, 111 N. Franklin. The youth half-mile run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K walk/5K run starts at 8 a.m. Participants get free pancake breakfasts at the sheriff's department parking lot. All proceeds go to the United Way.
An opening ceremony featuring Marsha Grover is 9 a.m. on the square. The rock band R2K will follow up with a concert from 9 to 11 a.m.
Also at 9 a.m., the annual Bake N Off, sponsored by Timber Creek Village, gets underway and various food and flea market booths open on the square.
At 11 a.m., the winners of the Toffee Tot contest and the Bake N Off will be announced.
Pat King performs on stage from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The annual Toffee Fest Parade, sponsored by First Baptist Church, begins at 1:30 p.m.
Ernest M. Coulter American Legion Post 69 will have its second annual Beer Garden from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday on the west side of the Robinson Legion Post. Food, music and drinks will be available. Everyone must be 21 to enter and IDs will be checked.
Chicago tribute band "25 or 6 to 4" takes the stage downtown from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the Highland Church of Christ Student Ministry will serve chili in return for a free-will donation beginning at 4 p.m.
Parking will be prohibited on the east, west and south sides of the courthouse square, on S. Cross from the square to Pine Street and West Chestnut from South Cross to South Franklin from midnight Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday. For Friday's car show and live band, parking will be prohibited in the 200 block of South Cross from Walnut to Chestnut and on Court Street from Main to Walnut from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival
Palestine will host the 10th annual Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival this weekend. Thirteen wineries will be on hand to provide samples of their wares to participating vinophiles. Arts, crafts and food will also be available.
Entry to the festival is free, but those wanting to sample wines must purchase tickets. Tasters, who must have a photo ID, will be given tasting glasses and color-coded bracelets to let security know they are of age.
Various musical acts will entertain during the event. On Saturday, the group Three performs from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Steve Gray of Three-Legged Dog from 3 to 5 p.m. and Russ Howard from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Theresa and Keith Boyd will perform from noon to 3 p.m. and Crooked Creek will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. There also will be impromptu street music by Adam Moraga and others.
The annual Photography Show 2012, featuring photographers from throughout the region, will be open daily now through Oct. 19 at the Village Framery. The show is sponsored by the Palestine Development Association.
Several members of the Corvette Club of Illinois are planning a road trip to the festival. Some of them may have their classic vehicles on display during the Crawford County Collectibles Car Show, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Also Sunday, Crawford County ABATE will host a motorcycle show open to all bikers during the festival.
Lincoln Trail College will celebrate National Student Day Thursday with a variety of on-campus activities.
Events begin at 9 a.m. with whiffle or kickball. "Fear Factor" games follow at 11 a.m. and "Minute to Win It" starts at noon. Also featured will be Nerf war and a drunk driving simulation. The LTC bookstore will donate prizes for the Fear Factor games.
A barrel will be placed in the Williams Hall lobby to collect donations for the Humane Society. Needed items include laundry soap, bleach, old blankets or sheets, towels, cat litter and Purina Kitten Chow. Bookstore coupons will be distributed to those who give.
The event is sponsored by the bookstore, LTC Community Service, Student Nursing Association and Student Senate.
LTC's annual Community Night gives locals a chance to "Meet the Statesmen" from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday on the main campus.
The evening of free activities includes a free spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria; meet the Statesmen and coaches' presentations at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium; and youth/LTC team scrimmage is at 6:30 p.m., also in the gym. Those attending will also be eligible to win door prizes given away during the evening.
Hypnotist Steve Marino will perform at 7 p.m. in the theater. Marino is a registered certified clinical hypnotherapist who entertains audiences with his comedy hypnosis stage shows. Audience volunteers become the stars of the show. Tickets, $20 per adult and $10 per student, are available at the door and in advance by calling 544-8657, ext. 1130. For more information, call 544-8657, ext. 1130.
Oblong High School will celebrate homecoming this week.
Beginning at 7 tonight, OHS will host a homecoming bonfire and games. Activities will continue at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with powder puff football.
The annual parade, with the theme "Super-Heroes" is 1:30 p.m. Friday. It will be preceded by a firemen's porkburger drive-through at the Oblong Fire Department beginning at 11 a.m.
Lineup for the parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. Grand Marshal for the parade is long-time Oblong Sports Booster President Rick Potts. The parade will go north from OHS toward Main Street, east on Missouri Street, and eastward for one block only. It will then turn north again and travel one block to Main Street. The parade will continue to Oblong Grade School where it will turn south at the intersection on the northwest corner of the school before disbanding. Entries to the parade can be accepted until parade-time. To join the parade, call the high school office, 592-4235.
The homecoming queen and king will be crowned after the Shrine football game against Palestine-Hutsonville Friday night.
Oblong Elementary School will celebrate its 100th anniversary with tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A special ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. The school chorus will perform, student art work focusing on the 100 year celebration will be displayed and pork burgers and hot dogs will be sold throughout the day.
The annual homecoming dance is 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the OHS gym.