Being active, physically, socially, and intellectually has a myriad of benefits for those of any age. It keeps your brain from getting rusty, helps you to connect with others, and aids your overall physical and emotional health. Research suggests staying intellectually stimulated, socially involved, and physically active can help maintain cognitive function, boost your immune system, and even potentially reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and more.
Fortunately, there are a number of events near Belleville, IL this summer to keep you active and engaged, including the following.
1. June 4 - June 5, 2016
Ainad Shrine Circus
Come enjoy the Ainad Shrine Circus with tigers and ponies and the dazzling performance of Ringmaster, Ian Garden. The Shriners of Southern Illinois are no strangers to public entertainment.
2. June 3-5, 2016
International Horseradish Festival
Come make your own horseradish and join in the recipe contest. Sample the food, run in the 5k, or listen to some great music.
3. June 11-12, 2016
Antique Glass & Pottery Show & Sale
Here you get more than 25 dealers from 10 different states selling their antique glass from the 1940s and 1950s.
4. June 2016 - Specific dates TBA
Annual Picnic & Homecoming
Enjoy two days of Smithton fish sandwiches and plates, cash/quilt bingo, basket raffles, fruit stands, poker, beer garden, kids games, the big 6 wheel raffle (1st Prize--$750), live entertainment, and more.
5. June 2016 - Specific dates TBA
No Holds Barred BBQ Competition
Here you can enjoy games, carnival rides, food, live music, refreshments, and definitely BBQ.
6. July 4, 2016
Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration
At this 4th of July celebration, you can enjoy food, drinks, music, pony rides, kids games and much more.
7. July 23-25, 2016
Great Train Expo
A fantastic show that features train dealers, operating model railroads, hands-on exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, collectors and more.
8. July 2016 - Specific dates TBA
Smithton Turner Picnic
Enjoy 2 days of beer garden, quilt/cash bingo, kids inflatables and games, sausage stand, basket raffle, cake raffle, cookbooks, fruit stand, silent auction, live entertainment, and more.
9. July 29-30, 2016
Though similar to the Smithton Turner Picnic, Smithton Homecoming is a separate entity of fun. Enjoy a silent auction, fruit stand, fanny quilts, pillowcase stand basket raffle, and your other Smithton community favorites--beer garden, quilt/cash bingo, children’s inflatables and games, live entertainment, and more.
10. August 5-7, 2016
Mascoutah Homecoming und Augustfest
This year the theme will be “Service to the Community.” It will feature parades on both days with marching bands from grade schools and high schools, decorated floats, class reunion attendees, and more.
11. August 11-14, 2016
Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival
Have fun with evening concerts, workshops, vendors, an open stage, the Big Blue Jam Tent, raffles, both indoor and outdoor music, and much more.
12. August 12-13, 2016
Ceramic & Fired Arts Show
Featuring a group of vendors, manufacturers, teachers, and artists who display their finest Ceramic Fired Arts. Come join in for education, demonstrations, new molds, new ideas, and so much more.
13. August 2016 - Specific dates TBA
St. Clair County Fair
This fair features livestock showing in barns, a carnival, vendors, exhibits, beer garden, nightly stage entertainment and fair food. You can also enjoy midget car races, demo derby, stock car racing, motorcycle races and more.
Besides all of these events, The Esquiline provides a multitude of activities for our residents to enjoy, including bus trips, card games, volunteer opportunities and so much more. Call The Esquiline at 800-533-6279 to find out more.