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Cl arks burg • Cowde n • F i ndl a y • F a n cher • He n ton • Herborn Shelby County Communities


Cowden Visitors can step back in time as they enjoy the old time festivities of Cowden Pioneer Days. The weekend is packed with fun, beginning with a parade and then moving on to park in Cowden. You will find a carnival, flea market, good food, arts & crafts, bingo, live music and a rodeo. The Pioneer Village features basket making, quilting and much more in the setting of authentic log cabins. It’s fun for the whole family! Cowden Pioneer Days: 217-783-2121


Findlay The village of Findlay is known as “THE


HEART OF LAKE SHELBYVILLE” and has a lot to offer. The Findlay Marina is in the “Heart” of Lake Shelbyville and visitors can truly enjoy the lake atmosphere. Several cabin sites like Buoy’s by the Lake or Whitetail Crossing are located near Findlay and can be rented. “The National at Eagle Creek Golf Course” at the Eagle Creek State Park is a premier public golf course with an 18-hole championship course. The village is well known for their “Walleye Festival” that is held the last weekend in July. Many vendors and organizations help provide a weekend of music, games, booths, and food. Walleye is available all weekend and an ice cream social starts this event each year and is held at the community center. A farmer’s market is open to the public each summer with fresh produce, crafts, food, and plants. The Spores N More Mushroom Festival is held in the spring and the community center has a country/bluegrass music jam that is open to the public the first Friday of each month. Findlay has a variety of restaurants, a winery, and shopping from homemade items to antiques, as well as visitor services such as gas and groceries.


Children and adults enjoy the lovely small Findlay Park. Findlay gives you a lot to make your “Heart” enjoy this town. For further information on businesses and services, call the village hall at 217-


756-8997. Herrick


Another of Shelby Counties charming communities is Herrick; with events including the 3 day Herrick Celebra- tion & parade commemorating the 4th of July holiday. The celebration offers craft shows, flea markets, food venders, and carnival rides. For those who like medium temperatures, this year, Herrick will have a “FRIGHT NIGHT” October 29, with Haunted House, costume contests and other exciting events, planning to make it an annual event. In April and October, you can enjoy an all day Extravaganza at the Community Center, featuring talented young musicians, who were once locals, coming home to entertain. Old friends gather for a day of visiting, great music and good food. Check for dates. If you prefer even cooler tem- peratures, check out the “HOLIDAY IN HERRICK” on the first Saturday in December, featuring light dis- plays, Santa’s arrival and parade, prizes, food stands and crafts. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees and table settings are also on display and judged. Herrick has two parks, Carroll Memorial Park, near downtown, on Broadway Avenue, and Tom Davis park with more of a country setting and spaces to rent for camping trailers. Also a large covered pavilion and kitchen area can be rented for reunions or other events. The first Friday of each month, enjoy live country music, by the Renegades, at the Herrick Community center, 7-10PM. Snack bar is available. The second Friday of each month the Country Music Show features the County Line Country Band and guests, 7- 10PM. Free admission. Bring finger foods or a covered dish to share. Dates and times are subject to change. Call 618-428-5761


for more information.


Moweaqua The Village of Moweaqua was founded by Mr. Michael Schneider and established in 1852. The name either means “muddy water” or “weeping woman”. Nonetheless, Moweaqua is truly the “One and Only” as it’s the only one in the World. Moweaqua is home to some wonderful businesses such as: cabinet & hardware, auction house, jewelry & gift, candy & bakery, automotive repair, restaurants, a bowling alley, antique and second hand shops, and a grocery store, just to name a few. Moweaqua boasts three parks, North Park, Central Park, and the Memorial Tree Park. North Park is home to many soccer, baseball and volleyball games, as well as being host to the 4th of July outing with entertainment and fireworks. You will also find North Park tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, and a 1-mile walking trail. Both parks can be enjoyed by all ages for sports and fitness activities. Pavilions can be reserved for parties and reunions. The Memorial Tree Park currently has 141 native Illinois trees Growing, feel free to visit the park to sit or stroll along its peaceful paths. Golf is a favorite pastime of many residents and visitors. The 18-hole Moweaqua golf course sits amongst rolling hills in a country setting. The annual 4-day Pow Wow celebration is


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held in Central Park in June and includes many vendors and a variety of entertainment. Come join us for this family favorite, and it is sure to become a tradition for your family too. For further information call the Village Hall at 217-768-3036.


Stewardson


A community of 750 souls founded in 1874. Stewardson’s featured events include Memorial Day services, on the Sunday prior to Memorial Day, at the cemetery. A day of


food, fun and activities on the Sunday before July 4th, the 2nd this year, which include fireworks at dusk. The Lion’s Club Homecom- ing in August, a three-day event with a tractor pull, food, games, entertainment and carnival rides. The annual Chili Cook-off in November each year, featuring celebrity judges, a vote for People’s Choice and all-you-can-eat chili. The Stewardson Historic Museum; to visit contact Gail Boldt at 682-3852 or Shary Vonderheide at 682- 5409. A recent addition to the village is a new Community Center that is available for rent and can accommodate 300 plus persons, contact Candie Kessler at 682-3823.


Strasburg


Greetings or Guten Tag (Good Day)! from the Village of Strasburg. The village has several businesses, churches, and a park with a walking path, baseball field, tennis court, basketball court, and a Veterans’ Memorial and is located in an excellent school district. Strasburg is delighted that it is Right! in the middle of everything with lakes, state parks, theaters, and shopping all around. It is located near Hidden Springs State Forest, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Sara, Lake Mattoon, Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University. Strasburg is proud of its predominately German heritage and has selected the lovable little garden character, the gnome, as their trademark. They also celebrate Nikolausparade in November and December with the appearance of wooden Santa’s placed at various businesses. The village and Lions Club hosts a wiener roast every fall, a spring clean up day and an annual town rummage sale/flea market on the first Saturday of June. A Halloween celebration is held in October. A Toy and Tool Sale the first Sundays in November and December, the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday, and a Christmas Store on Saturdays following Thanksgiving. The Lions Club hosts a chicken fry the first Sunday in June and the Strasburg Homecoming the third Friday and Saturday in July, complete with tractor/truck pulls held on that Saturday. SCAN hosts a pancake and sausage breakfast along with 40+ vendors the second Saturday of November. Strasburg is also a Looking for Lincoln Story Trail site with the


Wayside exhibit entitled “Lincoln and Divorce”. The Village has received two state-wide awards, the 21st Annual RCED Conference Innovation Project Award for the village newsletter “Strasburg Gnome News” and the 2009 Governor’s Home Town Award, 1st Place in the Beautification Category. Come and visit us! Village of Strasburg 217-644-3007. You can also visit our Facebook page “I know where Strasburg, Illinois is” or www.strasburgil.com


• Herri ck • Middl e sworth • Mode • mowe aqua • Ocon e e Shelbyville


Located at the dam of Lake Shelbyville, the city pro- vides attractive opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Shelbyville is also the County Seat and while on Abraham Lincoln’s circuit, the city became host for many of his famous debates. Our third courthouse houses a painting of the Lincoln- Thornton Debate and can be seen when court is not in session. We have historical districts that are worth walking through and many inventions were patented from people living in Shelbyville such as the dishwasher and the mechanical pick-up hay baler. Shelbyville has one of the only all 4-H fairs in the state. Shelbyville has such opportunities as a friendly town to explore; a beautiful city park that plays host to a family aquatic center and the famous Chautauqua Auditorium, as well as a charming Main Street where you can shop, eat, or enjoy a


movie at our Roxy Theater. City of Shelbyville 217-774-5531.


Tower Hill Once a thriving coal mining town with banks, stores, and churches, we are now a small community located between Pana and Shelbyville on Rt.16. Our children attend Pana school district, and our schools are used as Jefferson Junior High. We have the spirit of working together for a fall festival held every year the third week of September. There is a talent and variety show friday night, tractor pull, vendors and Produce 500 race, auction, and 50/50 drawing on Saturday. Our parade on the Saturday night of the festival is one to enjoy. Saturday night there is country music. With community church services held Sunday morning, and of course the demolition derby as a finale. -Oh, yes, you need to visit our community and park at Christmas; our lights are worth the trip.


Windsor Windsor is the eastern gateway to Lake Shelbyville.


Windsor being one of two cities in Shelby County has two highways going through town Rt. 16 and Rt. 32. Windsor sites 12 miles from Shelbyville, Sullivan, and Mattoon. We are 8 miles from Wolf Creek State Park and 10 miles from Lithia Springs Campground. The heritage of Windsor folks is great-friendly neighbors, honest merchants, good schools, and friendly active churches, in short a good place to live. Windsor, a patriotic community, our goal is to get more people to fly the American Flag as our trademark. The Windsor Harvest Picnic is the longest running festival in Illinois. It includes good food, free entertainment, and rides for the young at heart. This year will be the 116th Harvest Picnic held in August. Windsor Food Center is known for the Barnyard Burger, you will be able to purchase this at their new store on Rt. 16. For more information about Windsor and upcoming events you may go to www.windsorillinois.net or go to Facebook at


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