September 2018

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

ONGOING EVENTS

Every Saturday, 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.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Saturday – Monday, Sept. 1-3
Grand Rivers Arts & Crafts Festival
Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mon. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Little Lake Park, 125 Payne St., Grand Rivers, Ky.
The event features original and handcrafted items from over 100 crafters and artisans from 10 states. Enjoy Bluegrass and River music on the main stage, and artisan demonstrations in the demo area throughout the day. A variety of food booths also available. Admission is $2 for Adults or $5 per car inside the park. Children under 12 are free. Check website for updates on Main Stage Music and Demo Area schedules.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Monday, Sept. 3
Labor Day Closings
Many offices and local businesses will be closed. Among those closing will be banks, government offices and some retail businesses. Massac County Unit One and Joppa-Maple Grove school districts will not be in session. In Metropolis, trash service will be delayed one day throughout the city.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Thursday, Sept. 6
Receipts for Charity: Happy Hearts
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cordavino’s, 310 Ferry 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.

Thursday, Sept. 6
Making Green Cleaning Products 101
7–8 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Emily Brown will show you how to create simple and effective cleaning products using natural ingredients. Registration is required as all supplies will be provided and class is limited. Please call 270-442-2510 ext. 124 to reserve your spot.  Website.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9
5th Annual Free Blues and Gospel Festival
Historic 8th Street, Cairo, IL
Heritage Foundation is hosting the event featuring Chris Canas, Sweet Angel, The Phonics, parades, food, fun, vendors, and more. The festival ends on Sunday with the Gospel Celebration from 3-6 pm at Cairo City Hall. For information, call 618-734-4127.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Saturday, Sept. 8
Nature Fest at Cache River Days
All day
Ball Park and Cache River Wetlands, Ullin, IL
Celebrate the Cache with live wildlife exhibits, nature activities, arts & crafts, live music, food, guided hikes and more. Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge will provide free canoe tours throughout the day. Limited space on tours, register in advance by calling Cypress Creek Refuge at 618-634-2231. Website.

Saturday, Sept. 8
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Riverside Park, 2640 W. Riverside Park Rd., Murphysboro, IL
Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, featuring multiple Illinois wineries, fine arts vendors, food, and music. For more information, visit Facebook page or website.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Monday, Sept. 10steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
Queen of the Mississippi at Port of Paducah
7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For more dates, visit website.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 12-15
Murphysboro Apple Festival
Activities include live music, a carnival with concessions, many contests featuring everything from apple pie eating to the crowning of Appletime Royalty, marching bands, arts & crafts fair, car show, 5K races and much more. The Grand Parade has an average of 160 total units that include marching bands, themed floats, dancers, and visiting royalty, among others. For information, call 618-684-3200 or visit website.

Wednesday-Saturday, September 12-15fall quilt week
AQS Fall QuiltWeek
Wed.-Fri.  9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat.  9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shroeder Expo Center, 415 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Come and see all the exciting events and beautiful quilts on display at this year’s show. See more than 400 AQS contest quilts vying for cash awards including the Best of Show. Website.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 13-15
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show
Carson Park, Joe Clifton Dr. & Madison Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Antique steam engines highlight this annual event, complete with tractor pulls, pulling teams, arts and crafts, wheat threshing, parade, pony rides, petting zoo, flea market,  and barbecue. Admission is $4 for adults, and children under 12 are free when accompanied with an adult. For information, call 270-832-1167 or visit website. (admission costs not verified yet)

Thursday, Sept. 13
Children of Promise
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, Bill Cunningham. He will discuss his book of fiction, which draws from many of his real life experiences, chronicling life in both a town and a time which was closing out an endearing and romantic era in the mid-fifties of the American South. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net.  Website.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Saturday, Sept. 15
Frontier Day 
Banks of the Ohio River, Cave In Rock, Il.
Celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Annual event held the 3rd Saturday in September. Website.

Saturday, Sept. 15
Paducah Farmer’s Market: Fiber Arts Festival

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Paducah’s Riverfront
Every Saturday the Market sells produce, eggs, fresh meats, baked goods and artist creations. There will be many activities such as children’s craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, and more. For information visit paducahky.gov/farmers-market.

Saturday, Sept. 15
Annual Shrimp Festival
Noon-10 p.m.
Downtown Golconda
Farmer’s market starts at 7 a.m. Live music, helicopter and carriage rides, and lots of fun all day and night.  Shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine, beer and wine tent, local food vendors, crafts and more.  For information, call 618-683-6246.  Website.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Monday, Sept. 18steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
Queen of the Mississippi at Port of Paducah
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For more dates, visit website.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 20-22
Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
The Warehouse, 214 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro, Illinois
Watch 90 teams from around the world vie for top awards at this annual cook-off. Events include a Steak Cook-off,  Kids’ Que, fish fry, grand champion buffet, and live music each night, as well as a market area with a variety of vendors. For information, call 618-684-8902 or visit website.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Saturday, September 22 
Monarch Phenomenon
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL
The magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Monarch Watch Association has been tagging and monitoring migrating monarchs since 1992. Join us for a program from 10-11am to learn the monarch’s natural history, and then spend the rest of the day capturing, tagging and releasing butterflies. For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Monday, Sept. 24steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
Queen of the Mississippi at Port of Paducah
7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For more dates, visit website.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Thursday, Sept. 27steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
American Queen at Port of Paducah
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Welcome the American Queen to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For more dates, visit website.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29
Annual Barbecue on the River
11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Downtown Riverfront at Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
There will be 35 BBQ teams that will cook up over 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken, all of whom compete for charity and for the Grand Champions trophy. Includes hog calling and chicken clucking contests, free outdoor concerts, food, and arts and crafts. For schedule of events and music line up, visit website.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Saturday, Sept. 29
Paducah Farmer’s Market: BBQ Farmers’ Market

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Paducah’s Riverfront
Every Saturday the Market sells produce, eggs, fresh meats, baked goods and artist creations. There will be many activities such as children’s craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, and more. For information visit paducahky.gov/farmers-market.

TENTATIVE EVENTS——————–

MCHS Patriots Varsity Football
7 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Schedule listed on website.

Monday, Sept. 3 (tentative) 
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast

7-10 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Adventure Crew 101, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 101, will host the benefit breakfast prior to the Labor Day Parade. All donations will be accepted and everyone is invited.

Monday, Sept. 3 (tentative)
Paducah Labor Day Celebration
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Broadway, Paducah, KY
The parade starts at 2nd Street and Broadway and proceeds on Broadway to 17th Street. Picnic, barbecue, arts and crafts, flea market and live music will be at various locations through the city. For information, call 800-PADUCAH.

Monday, Sept. 3 (tentative)
Labor Day Parade
10 a.m.
County Court House, 1 Superman Sq., Metropolis
Parade starts at the court house at 10 a.m. All units should be in position between 9-9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed down 5th Street to Fort Massac.  For information, call 618-524-4016.

Saturday, Sept. 
Annual COPE Food Drive
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Big John, 1200 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Family Dollar, 616 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Save-A-Lot, 701 Pearl St., Metropolis
Cub Scout Pack 101 will take donations of food and money for COPE Ministries Food Pantry. Last year they collected a literal ton of food and over $600 in cash donations. Help the Scouts shatter those numbers and help folks in need. For information, call Roger Pugh at 618-201-5647 or metropolispack101@gmail.com.  Facebook

Saturday, Sept. 
Annual Art in the Park
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vienna City Park, Vienna IL
There is no entry or parking fees for featuring works of local artisans, authors, collectors, exhibitors and vendors. Live musicians and food will be offered. Anyone interested in bringing items or have questions can contact Cara Webb at 618-995-2592, 618-771-7955 or carawebb644@outlook.com. Sponsored by Johnson County Home Community Education (HCE).

Queen of the Mississippi at the Port of Paducahsteamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
Mon. 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Tue. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For information and full schedule, click here.

Friday, Sept. 
Massac County 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Homecoming Dance
7-10 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
This homecoming event is planned especially for the younger fans of the Massac County High School Patriots. There will be a DJ, dancing, concessions and professional photography. Admission is $6 at the door. The event is chaperoned by the parents of Cub Scout Pack 101. Parent or guardian must be available by phone in case of emergency. No weapons, drugs, alcohol, fighting or funny business allowed. For more information, contact Roger Pugh at 618-524-8340 or metropolispack101@gmail.com. Facebook

Saturday, Sept.
Project Hope Fall Vaccine & Microchip Clinic
Noon-5 p.m.
Project Hope Humane Society, 1698 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The clinic will be providing discount rates for vaccinations, microchips, baths and toenail trims.  See Post for more details.

Sunday, Sept.
Worship in the Park with Teen Challenge
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Everyone is invited to fellowship at 9:30 a.m., and enjoy Teen Challenge for the worship service at 10:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to sit on. Potluck luncheon will follow service. Love offering will be collected. For information, call the church at 618-524-7118 or Rhonda at 618-638-2512.

Sunday, Sept.
Benefit Fish Fry
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis
Menu includes catfish and fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans, assorted desserts, and beverage. Carry-outs available. Free will donations gratefully accepted. Located under the Memorial Pavilion. Proceeds will benefit Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition) (MCDAC) and the congregation’s outreach fund. For information, contact Pr. David Deem at 618-524-4628 or lcocross@Frontier.com.

Tuesday, Sept.
Hope Unlimited Annual Gala – Love Amazing
5:30 p.m.
Paducah Convention Center, 415 Park St., Paducah, KY
The Hope Unlimited Family Care Center be showcasing the Love Amazing that happens at their Metropolis and Paducah locations every day. You will hear personal stories from parents working to better their family, and be inspired by the passion of their staff and volunteers. Come prepared to have your life changed, as you hear how others have changed their lives. Get your ticket or table by calling 270-442-1166.

Through Oct. 
Les Easterday Community Service Award Nominations Accepted
The award recognizes that a Massac County resident’s contributions to the community and encourages volunteerism by calling attention to the work and achievements of others. All nomination letters should be submitted to Rotary Awards PO Box 472 Metropolis, IL 62960 no later than October 8. The Metropolis Rotary Club will donate $250 to the charity of the recipient’s choice. The award winner will be announced at the annual Metropolis Chamber of Commerce banquet, scheduled for October 26. Additionally, the name of the winner will be added to the Les Easterday monument on the Massac County courthouse lawn.

Thursday, Sept. family fish fry
Annual Family Fish Fry
5 p.m.
Metropolis Rehab., 2299 Metropolis, St., Metropolis
All friends and family in the community are welcome. Please call Lori at 618-524-2634 by Monday, Sept. 18th with number attending.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 
Fall Fiber Festival Workshop
9 a.m.
MAKE, 628 Broadway, Paducah, KY
There will be amazing teachers, artisans, crafters, MAKErs, vendors and more, all right under one roof. There are more classes, yarns, workshops that you can imagine, and you don’t want to miss out!  Website

Friday, Sept. 
MCHS Homecoming Parade
3:30 p.m.
Downtown Metropolis
Parade begins at 9th and Market streets, and continue on Market Street to the Courthouse, continue to 5th and Ferry Street to 3rd Street and end at Washington Park.

Friday, Sept.
MCHS Patriots Varsity Football & Homecoming
7 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
MCHS vs ?, at home. Coronation at half-time. Schedule listed on website.

Saturday, Sept.
Annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival
9 a.m.
Paducah Riverfront, at the foot of Broadway behind the floodwall murals
Over 30 local teams from area organizations and businesses will vie for the Grand Prize in the ancient Chinese sport of Dragon Boat Racing. In 40-foot long canoe style boats with colorful Dragon heads and tails, the teams will

Saturday, Sept. 
MCHS Homecoming Dance
8-11 p.m.
Details coming soon.

Friday, Sept. 
Travis Family Farm opens
Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sun. 1–5 p.m.
They have a large variety of pumpkins, gourds, giant pumpkins, straw, corn stalk bundles, and pie pumpkins. They have animals, pumpkin tic tax toe table, corn box and straw maze all for the kids. Pick from already picked pumpkins or pick your own in the patch.


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