Fall is here and with it the warm weather, changing leaves and fall festivals. Nestled in the southwestern part of Illinois is Union County where the annual Color Fest is held. Color Fest runs from October 8th through the 10th with amazing array of activities that showcase all the county has to offer.
It will take a full weekend to cover all the events and sample all the wares. Union County is tucked away in the Shawnee National Forest and sits atop some of the prettiest hills around. The area is renowned for its orchards and vineyards and several will be participating in the festivities with samples of their wares and demonstrations.
If you’ve never visited Union County, Color Fest is the perfect time. The temperatures are mild and with the Shawnee National Forest ablaze in color, you will feel like you’ve entered another world. Take in the scenery, sample some wine and take home some apples, mums and pumpkins. And if you need more to entice you to visit one of my favorite counties in Illinois, check out some of the events going on that weekend.
Union County Color Fest Biathlon and 7K Run – Saturday October 9, 2010. The race is run on the grounds of the Choate Mental Health and Development Center located at 1000 N. Main Street in Anna, Illinois. Get there early to sig in at 6:00 AM. The races which are run simultaneously begin at 8:30 AM.
Check out the Health Fair at the Union County Hospital located at 517 North Main Street in Anna Illinois.
Visit the Northwest Passage Root Beer Saloon in Alto Pass for a Bayou Boogie Boil.
Alto Vineyards and Von Jakob Vineyards in Alto Pass and Owl Creek Vineyard in Cobden, Illinois, all part of the Shawnee Wine Trail will participate in a Wine Festival.
For fall freshness, nothing beats a crisp apple and you can find that and more at Rendleman Orchards and Farmers Market. Samples of some of their specialty foods such as apple cider, soups, dips, jams and jellies will be available. Find them at 9680 State Highway 127 N, in Alto Pass, Illinois. For additional information, visit their website.
Another local orchard will celebrate with theFlamm Orchards Fall Fest. Flamm is located at 8760 Old Highway 51 North in Cobden Illinois. Displays of apple butter-making and a working cider press along with music and barbeque food will be an had for your pleasure. Bring the kiddies to the on-site petting zoo.
Home Tours given by P.A.S.T. from 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Arts and Crafts Fair in Cobden, Illinois will run for the weekend.
Color Fest Poetry Festival and Artists Market at the Anna Arts Center 2:00 – 5:00 on October 10th.
Kid Fest at Anna City Park 9 to 5 on Sat. will host the First Annual Wiener Dog Derby. The doggie fashion competition will begin at 1:00pm with the race beginning at 2:00pm.
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