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Homecoming & Fireworks
On June 14 and 15 the community will gather for its 14th annual Homecoming celebration featuring live music, a carnival, fireworks and some of the best food and drinks around.
Set among the streets of historic Old Town Glen Carbon featuring a covered bridge at one end and a settler’s cabin at the other, the bright lights of carnival rides and the aroma of funnel cakes, corn dogs and more will set the stage for this annual community festival.
The Glen Carbon Homecoming event is free and open to the public. Tickets for carnival rides are available for purchase.
“I hope that everyone will bring their family and friends and spend some time enjoying this community event. Everyone is welcome." Robert Jackstadt, Mayor of Glen Carbon
Homecoming kicks off at 5 p.m., Friday, June 14 with carnival fun. Adults can enjoy a beer tent featuring domestic and craft beers along with hard lemonade. Adult daiquiris and margaritas are also available. Top of the evening with the rich fried delights of a carnival midway funnel cake or the cool refreshing crunch of a snow cone.Illinois’ premier country band, the Feudin’ Hillbilly’s, will take the stage Friday night at 7 p.m. bringing its high energy sound to the streets. “We’ll play it, if it makes ya dance,” the group’s Facebook page says.
The Covered Bridge 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run kick off Saturday’s Homecoming action. The race begins at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., the Silver Creek Bluegrass Band will entertain the race crowds. Enjoy discounted carnival rides from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, along with tents filled with food and drinks.Bring your lawn chairs and sit back and enjoy the annual Homecoming parade which steps off down Main Street in Glen Carbon at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Salute to Our First Responders”.
The magic and skill of Juggling Jeff highlights events at the Glen Carbon Library, located next to the city’s Covered Bridge, starting at 6 p.m.Dance to the sounds of Smash Band, a St. Louis-based cover band, on stage starting at 7:30 p.m. The band plays tunes from the 1960’s through today’s pop hits.Capping off the celebrations is the annual fireworks show which will light up the night skies after dark. Sit back and enjoy the sparkles of light and canopies of color blazing across the sky.