July 2018

For weekly and monthly events,
please visit our Recurring Events listing.


Every Saturday, through mid-September
Golconda Farmers Market
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
118 Main St., Golconda
Located on the Pope County courthouse lawn.

Every Saturday, now through Oct. 31 
Farmer’s Market
Courthouse lawn, Superman Square
Anyone that offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, or other handmade items are encouraged to participate. For information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714.

Every Saturday through November
Farmers’ Market in Paducah
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2nd and Monroe sts., Paducah, Ky.
Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, eggs, and honey.

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Metropolis City Pool Open
Mon-Sat: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 – 5 p.m.
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
$1.50 Admission – 5 years and under, Free.  Passes are available for: Individual, $25; Family, $20 per person living under same roof.  For information about swimming lessons, aerobics, adult lap swim and pool parties, see Event Post – coming soon.


Wednesday, July 4
Holiday Closures
Local banks and city and county offices will be closed and there will be no mail service. The Secretary of State office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 4freedomfest
Freedom Fest
All day
Goreville Park, Goreville, IL
Freedom Run/Walk 5K Race, at 7:30 am. Parade at 4 pm, music and other entertainment, BBQ and other food, fireworks at 9 pm. 618-995-2157.  Website.


Thursday-Sunday, July 5-8
River to River Yard Sales
Along Hwy 146 from East Cape to Golconda
Community wide yard sales are being held along the route in East Cape, McClure, Ware, Jonesboro, Anna and Golconda. If you want to hold a yard sale of your own, the best thing to do is contact property owners directly who live along Hwy. 146. Bring cash, as many yard sales will not accept personal checks, and aren’t set up to take debit or credit cards.

Thursday, July 5
Receipts for Charity: COPE Food Pantry
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe, 613 Market St., Metropolis
Local restaurants join forces with Harrah’s Metropolis to give back to local organizations. 20% of receipts collected on the first Thursday of each month are included in donations to designated charities.


Saturday, July 7
Heritage Festival & Duck Races on the Ohio    
Elizabethtown, IL
Fireman’s BBQ, Outdoor play, pageant, quilt demonstrations, entertainment and fireworks.  Website


Friday, July  13 – Saturday, July 21
Massac County Youth Fair
Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
Youth from the 13 southernmost counties in Illinois bring their best projects and livestock to show at the fairgrounds located by MCHS. There are many events to check out, some geared toward kids and some toward adults, but all toward fun. Parking and admission are free for all events, although donations are always welcome. Post coming as information becomes available for all the Youth Fair details. Facebook.  Annual event held the third week in July.


Friday, July 27 – Monday, Aug. 5
Nine Day Trail
Near One Horse Gap Lake, Pope County
Horse riders come from all over to enjoy the trails and camping in Pope County.   Activities for all ages, horse shows, riding competitions and music.  For information, call 618-683-2105.


Saturday-Thursday, July
Pulaski County Fair
8:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fairgrounds, 497 W. Commercial St., Pulaski, IL
Animal and Livestock shows, Pedal Tractor Pull, Kiddie Carnival and other activities, Pageants, Parade, Lego Robotics, Battle of the Barns, Car show, Talent Show, Fireman Water Ball Challenge, and more. $2 per person (walk-in). Parking $5 per vehicle. For information, visit website.

Saturday, July 
4th of July Celebration
10 a.m. Parade
Noon  Cornhole and Washer Tournament
9 p.m.  Fireworks
Park in Brookport, IL
Parade starts at West Third and Margrave streets and ends at the park. Food, music and activities will be ongoing until 1 pm. Tournament fee is $10 per 2-person team. 1st & 2nd place winners will be awarded. Register at the park. For tournament information call 618-309-3010.

Saturday, July 
Hometown Celebration
6 – 11 p.m.
Harrah’s Metropolis Casino parking lot
between Ferry St. and Metropolis St.
Harrah’s is once again hosting the Hometown Celebration for the entire family. The event will feature music, a Kid’s Zone and food and drinks available to purchase. The Kid’s Zone will feature obstacle courses, bounce houses and more from 6-9 p.m. Live music provided by Throwing Copper will start at 7:30 p.m. A one-time $5 entry fee is required for anyone 2 years and older which will benefit the Harrah’s School Supply Giveaway on July 28. Cash is required for all purchases. A large display of fireworks will light up the sky at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4
Live on the River Independence Day Celebration
1 p.m. – Food Vendors Open
4 – 10 p.m. Activities
Downtown Paducah Riverfront
Music, children’s activities, and family fun on Wilson Stage and the streets of downtown Paducah. National Anthem and Fireworks set to music at 9:15 pm.  Broadway will be closed inside of 3rd Street to the riverfront with entertainment on Broadway and along Market Square and 2nd Street.  Website

Tuesday, July 
Farmer Family Fireworks
Washington Park, 3rd and Washington sts, Metropolis
This public display is hosted by the Farmer family in memory of the late Steven Farmer. Music will be provided by Michelle Bradley.

Saturday, July 
Annual Macedonia Church BBQ
All day
Free Will Baptist Church, Brownfield Rdd, 2-1/2 miles east of IL 145
Pork, beef and mutton prepared by Robert Crim will be sold by the pound or by the sandwich. A gospel service will be held at noon. Entertainment will be featured with old-fashioned games offered. Everyone is invited to attend. For information, call 618-949-3432.

Saturday, July 
Audubon Society Hummingbird Day
9 a.m. – Noon
WarBluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Bushwhack Rd., Golconda, IL
Come and see these fascinating little birds up close and learn more about their amazing lives. Informational program, children’s activities and merchandise available. No pets please. Free and open to the public. Light potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by Annual Meeting, and end with “Hummingbirds – From Flowers to Feeders to Beyond” program. Sponsored by Shawnee Chapter Illinois Audubon Society. Website

Monday-Wednesday, July
MCHS Patriot Youth Football Camp
Mon.-Tue.  10 a.m. – Noon
Wed. 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
For prospective football players, grades 3-8. Camp features skill drills designed to improve understanding and execution, along with weight training paired with exercise for flexibility and quickness. Cost is $30 early registration (before July 1st) or $40 afterwards. For information, contact Greg Climan at 724-481-7201.

Thursday, July 19
St. John Ice Cream Social
5 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
This annual ice cream social is a favorite summertime tradition and features porkburgers, hamburgers, chicken salad, hot dogs, bratwurst, pies and homemade ice cream, pies and cakes. Country store will have canned and craft items, fresh fruits and vegetables available for purchase. Freewill donations are accepted. A portion of net proceeds will benefit the church’s youth center construction fund, as well as Sarah Jones of Belknap and Sheryl Staton of Metropolis, widow of Danny Staton.  Website. Annual event held the third Thursday in July.

Friday, July 
School Supply Giveaway
5 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Free supplies will be available while supplies last for all children (K-12 only). Due to demand, adults without children present are allowed up to 3 students’ supplies. Once through the line, they may return to the back of the line for the chance to acquire more. Other services include drug awareness material, Dental Safari services, and free haircut coupons.

Saturday, July wastelander art
Annual Wastelanders Summer Celebration and Art Exhibit
5 – 7 p.m.
PSAD, 505 Harrison St., Paducah, Ky.
The Paducah Wastelanders, a group of regional artists from the Paducah area, will host this event at the Bill Ford Gallery in the Paducah School of Art and Design. Exhibitors will be E.J. Abell, Paula Danby, Mark Donham, Nancy Flowers, Juanita Neal Gilliam, Jason Hargrove, LaNelle Mason, Sandra Pfeifer, Jane Viterisi and Ben Walker. Refreshments by the Kitchens Cafe, and live music by singer Rhonda James of the Melungeons. The exhibit is free and open to the public through Aug. 9. Website

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