Tuesday, September 30, 2014

3 Fall Festivals Worth Checking Out in Central Illinois

The leaves a falling, and there’s a sensation of freshness in the air. Fall is finally here. For the residents of Central Illinois, particularly those residing in Peoria, there’s a lot to look forward to during Fall.

The area plays host to a number of Fall festivals with lots of activities for the whole family. Here’s a look at some of the festivals and events you may want to take part in, as a resident of Illinois or as a visitor who’s looking for an extra dose of fun this Fall.

1. The Pumpkin Festival, Morton, IL

Where else would the Pumpkin festival be held other than the town where 80% of the world’s canned pumpkins comes from? The Pumpkin Festival is without doubt one of the biggest events in central Illinois. Over 70,000 reveler's flock Morton to take part in this annual event. The festival is characterized by a parade together with live entertainment and bands not to mention craft shows and carnival rides.

There are plenty of activities for the whole family to take part in and a lot of culinary delights to sample. The organizers of this Fall festival make everything that can be made out of pumpkins. Be sure to sample pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin pie and pumpkin ice cream as well as pumpkin doughnuts. There are some bizarre foods such as pumpkin chili too. In case you get tired of eating the pumpkin foods you can shift to regular foods such as brats, hot dogs or pork chops.

In short, the Pumpkin Festival in Morton is the place to be this Fall if you want to celebrate the canning season and eat some finger licking food while you’re at it.

2. The Art and Balloon Festival, Lincoln, IL

Imagine forty booths of nothing else, but homemade crafts that you could browse and purchase as mementos. As if that is not enough, you can embark on a wine tasting escapade with your friends or choose to observe all the action from the hot air balloons in the skies. Well, if that sounds like your cup of coffee, then you need to attend the Art and Balloon Festival in Lincoln this Fall.

The festival features live music and bands and a couple of wrestling matches to enjoy. For the kids, there’s rock climbing taking place to keep them engaged while having fun at the same time. Fall festivals don’t come better than the Art and Balloon Festival.

3. Leroy Fall Festival, Leroy, IL

Who would have guessed that Leroy would host a Fall festival where you can ride all of the carnival rides and be treated to sumptuous food in a setting evoking nothing but an aura of fun?

This 5-day festival that also features live entertainment and bands is becoming popular among the residents of Illinois one Fall after the other. The people attending this festival sign up for a 5k run and you can even sponsor someone to run with the proceeds going towards a sports program at a local high school.

There are plenty of Fall festivals and fun things to do in Morton and throughout Illinois for you and your family. Don’t let this Fall be a dull one, visit any of these festivals, and you will certainly love it.

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