Aug
29
7:00 AM07:00

Business Over Breakfast at RAIL Coffee Room

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RAIL Coffee Room invites you to the first Centralia Chamber "Business Over Breakfast".

All Chamber Members can enjoy free drip coffee from 7:00am to 8:00am on Wednesday, August 29. There will be discussion at 7:15am on the new image committee and downtown happenings.

We hope you can join us for the first of many free social networking events!

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Sep
4
3:30 PM15:30

"Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities" Chamber Workshop

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Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities

Join us for this free workshop!

The exodus of young people between the ages of 21 and 37 from their rural communities is a nationwide trend and has been occurring for almost a decade. A recent study revealed that as many as 81% of young people surveyed would prefer not to live in their local communities as adults. (Howley 2010)

Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities was developed by Pam Schallhorn in 2015 to assist community leaders and others in developing formal plans to reverse this trend.

Presented by Pamela S. Schallhorn, M.A., Educator, Community & Economic Development, from UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION in Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties.

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Sep
11
3:30 PM15:30

"Developing the Creative Economy" Chamber Workshop

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Developing the Creative Economy

Join us for this FREE workshop!

Developing the Creative Economy was designed for community leaders and economic development professionals who want to tap into the creative talent in their communities to build viable businesses, adding to household income for the entrepreneur and increasing economic activity in the community. The program helps community leaders expand economic and entrepreneurial development by developing a culture that appreciates and supports the creative talents of residents, including those living in low-resource households. Creative entrepreneurs include artists, designers, musicians, boutique retailers, specialty food producers and other creative enterprises.

The workshop is built on the premise that a community should focus on “informal grass roots, street-level, pop-up micro-activities, each of which may be short-lived, but which adds up to a continuous stream of events and experiences in a market-place of endless information which sharpens the producers’ and makers’ skills and buyers’ appetites.” (Howkins 2001, 2013)

Presented by Pamela S. Schallhorn, M.A., Educator, Community & Economic Development, from UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION in Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties.

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Sep
13
to Sep 16

Elmwood Speaks

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When:

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – September 16, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

Where:

Elmwood Cemetery
710 Gragg Street
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

$10.00

Contact:

City of Centralia or Centralia Cultural Society

618-532-7623 or 618-532-2951

Join the City of Centralia’s Parks & Cemetery Advisory Committee along with The Centralia Cultural Society for “Elmwood Speaks”.  A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 618-532-2951, tours fill quickly.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Schwartz Apple Festival

When:

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where:

Schwartz Orchard
1942 Copple Road
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

Schwartz Orchard

618-532-8058

Enjoy a fun filled day of activities at Schwartz Orchard including games, straw maze and face painting.  Baked goods, mums, pumpkins and apple cider available.

 

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Centralia

When:

October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where:

Downtown Centralia
300 East Broadway
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

Gayla Harting

618-533-7623

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A festival of Art, Wine and Music featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors, and award winning wineries & vineyards from the area as well as craft breweries.

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Centralia Parade and Fall Festival

When:

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where:

Downtown Centralia
100 S Locust St
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Contact:

Centralia Halloween Parade Committee

618-533-7623

Event website

The Fall Festival is located in downtown Centralia and will begin at 9:00 A.M on October 29, 2016.  It features a Craft Fair at the Centralia Recreation Complex, free children’s games and activities, Flea Market, Chili Cook-off, Miss and Mister Pumpkin contest, Car Show, Best Dressed Pet Contest, local Entertainment and, of course, delicious food.  For more information about making entry into the any of these events please visit www.centraliahpff.org.

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Nov
21
to Dec 31

Fantasy of Lights at Centralia Foundation Park

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When:

November 21, 2018 – December 31, 2018 all-day

Where:

Foundation Park
600 North Pleasant Avenue
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

618-532-3214

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Presented by the Centralia Foundation, Fantasy of Lights is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss.  Take a drive through Foundation Park to experience twinkling candy canes, golfing Santa, or Rudolf catching some rays.  Don’t forget to visit 600 N Pleasant for more Christmas displays and the challenge of finding “Wanda”!  Open from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night at no charge.  Don’t miss Santa who will be at his cottage on Friday’s and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..  For even more fun, make plans to ride the “Little Obie” train through the park on certain evenings during the month of December.

 

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Nov
30
3:00 PM15:00

Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll

When:

November 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Where:

Downtown Centralia, IL
100 S Locust St
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

City Hall

618-533-7623

Enjoy a Christmas Shopping Stroll in Downtown Centralia on November 30th from 3pm-7:15pm. Participating merchants will display an ornament inside their store for shoppers to locate and have their card stamped. Cards may be found in any participating business downtown and inside the Illinois Theatre. When you find all the ornaments needed your card should be returned to Illinois Theatre for a drawing at 7:15pm. Other activities include horse drawn carriage rides, store specials, an opportunity to meet with Santa, Carolers and other musical performances, Christmas music from the Carillon, hot cocoa and Girl Scout treats, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments and much more to come. Meet your downtown merchants and do some holiday shopping at the same time! Please contact Kala Lambert at 618-533-7623 for additional information.

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Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Lunch with Santa at Recreation Complex

When:

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where:

Centralia Recreation Complex
115 East 2nd Street
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

$5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children

Contact:

Centralia Recreation Complex

618-532-3214

Enjoy lunch with Santa at Centralia Recreation Complex.  Get your tickets early for that special holiday cheer you won’t want to miss.

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Dec
27
to Dec 29

Centralia Holiday Tournament

When:

December 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – December 29, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Where:

Centralia High School
2100 E Calumet St
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Admission Charged

Contact:

Centralia High School

618-532-7391

Event website

The Centralia Holiday Basketball Tournament, first held in 1942, is a three day tournament held between Christmas and New Years featuring teams throughout the nation and attracting over 6,000 spectators each year.

Home of the Orphans – Winningest Team in the Nation

 

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Aug
19
6:00 AM06:00

Centralia Balloon Fest (Sunday)

Admission: $3 per day (kids 6 and under are free)

  • 6:00 am Gates Open
  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*
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  • 10:00 am
    • Craft Fair Opens
    • Food Concessions Open
  • 11:00am-2:00pm Cardboard Boat Races - Boat Building and Registration (West of Catfish Pond)
  • 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Entertainment Under the Family Picnic Tent
    • 11:30am-1:30pm "The Haney's" (Gospel)
    • 1:30pm-3:00pm "Liberty Road" (Country)
    • 3:00pm-5:00pm "Salt Creek String Band" (Bluegrass)
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm Children's Activity Area (FREE w/ admission)
  • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Corvette Club Car Display
  • 2:30-3:15 pm Cardboard Boat Races (Catfish Pond)
  • 5:00pm Balloonist Enter Park*
  • 6:00 pm BALLOON RACE*
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Aug
18
6:00 AM06:00

Centralia Balloon Fest (Saturday)

Admission: $3 per day (kids 6 and under are free)

  • 6:00 am Gates Open
  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*
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  • 10:00 am
    • Craft Fair Opens
    • Food Concessions Open
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Children's Activity Area (FREE w/ paid admission)
  • 10:30 am-7:30 pm Entertainment under the Family Picnic Tent
    • 10:30am-1:00pm "Impersonator Singing Contest"
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm "Denmark"
    • 3:00pm-5:00pm "The Epics" ('60s)
    • 5:00pm-7:00pm "The Presswoods" (Top 40)
  • 12:30-4:00 pm Car Show
  • 1:00pm "Centralia Martial Arts Academy" Demonstrations (East of Catfish Pond)
  • 5:00pm Balloonists Enter Park*
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES*
  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW *
  • 8:30-10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment
    • "Walkin' with Cash" (Johnny Cash Tribute Band)
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Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Centralia Balloon Fest (Friday)

Admission: $3 per day (kids 6 and under are free)

  • 3:00 pm Gates Open
    • Opening Ceremony - Centralia High School Marching Showcase and Choir
    • Craft Fair Opens
    • Food Concessions Open
  • 4:30-7:00 pm Entertainment under the Family Picnic Tent
    • "Class Clowns" (Classic Rock / Country)
  • 5:00 pm Balloonist Enter Park*
  • 6:00 pm BALLOON RACE*
  • 6:00-9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES*
  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW*
  • 8:30-10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment
    • "Jake Hoult" (Country / Classic Rock)
  • 10:00 pm Fireworks sponsored by Monsanto
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Aug
8
8:00 AM08:00

Monsanto Gives Back - Clean Up Centralia

Crews from Monsanto will be volunteering to help clean-up Centralia. They plan to start downtown in the morning and travel toward Centralia Foundation Park in preparation of Balloon Fest.

We encourage other volunteer groups, individuals, and businesses to work together to welcome our Balloon Fest guests. This is our time to shine! There will be thousands of visitors in Centralia and we want to put our best foot forward.

Thank you for helping pick up trash, pull weeds, beautify your properties, and decorate with your Balloon Fest best!

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Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

Centralia Rotary Auction

6pm - Social Hour / Meal

7pm - Auction

$20 individual / $35 couple / $135 for a table of 8

Tickets are available at the Centralia Recreation Complex or contacting Tina Suarez (618-214-0836).

Proceeds to purchase batting cages and to light Rotary Park.

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Jul
28
to Jul 29

Outboard Power Boat Races at Raccoon Lake

NBRA / ODA present Outboard Power Boat Races - July 28 & 29, 2018 at Raccoon Lake in Centralia, Illinois. Races start at 1:00pm both days. Admission is $2 and free for children 12 and under. Concessions available!

INFORMATION: Alan Owen 618-322-1160

DIRECTIONS: Stay on 161 and turn north on Country Club Road.

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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

23rd Annual Spero Family Services Charity Golf Classic

Spero Family Services will host their 23rd Annual Charity Golf Classic, sponsored by Peoples National Bank, on July 6, 2018. This fundraising event will be held at Green Hills Golf Club in Mt. Vernon. Over 100 golfers will participate in a four person team scramble with a shot gun start at 11:00 am. During the tournament golfers will have the opportunity to participate in a putting contest, longest drive, closest to the pin, NEW corn hole chipping game and a $10,000 hole in one prize. A water/soda and snack cart is available to golfers throughout the day. Silent auction items will be available to bid on at registration and at the 19th hole. After the tournament an awards ceremony will be held. Appetizers will be provided, silent auction and door prize winners will also be drawn at this time. This fundraising event is a fun way to support Spero Family Services and the programs and services we offer.

“Our golf classic is a sought after tournament for golfers every year, it brings with it a rich 23-year history of friends and community members supporting the work we do at our youth homes, and in the other programs that serve our local communities. It’s because of your support at events like these that allow us to grow and continue to serve, so thank you!” – Sandy Sinnett, Development Director Spero Family Services. Anyone wanting to play in this year’s tournament can contact Ranee Kujawa at ranee.kujawa@sperofs.org or 618-242-1070 ext. 236. For more information visit sperofs.org/news-events/.

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Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

4th of July Parade on Broadway

When:

July 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Where:

On Broadway starting at the RR Tracks

Cost:

Free

Contact:

Veteran Affairs Committee

618-533-7623

Annual Events

Veteran’s parade on West Broadway starting at the RR tracks and heading west on Broadway ending at Fairview Park.  Enjoy an awards ceremony, recognition and celebration activities in the park.  Those wishing to participate in the parade may contact Butch Mathus at 618-533-5602 or Kala Lambert at 618-533-7623.  Entry forms are available below and on the City of Centralia Website.

 

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