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Homecoming & Fireworks
The Village of Glen Carbon will be celebrating its 130 Year Anniversary at homecoming happening Father’s Day weekend on Fri., June 17 and Sat., June 18, 2022. The 2022 Homecoming is expected to draw a crowd to celebrate good music, food, entertainment and community-spirit.
More information, including sponsorship and vendor applications, are available by visiting the Homecoming tab on the Village of Glen Carbon’s website at www.glencarbonil.gov.
In addition to rides, games, food and refreshments, entertainment includes the classic 90’s band “No Diggity” hitting the stage at 7 pm-11 pm on Friday and well-known rockers “The Dirty Muggs” 7 pm-11 pm on Saturday.
The highly anticipated Glen Carbon Covered Bridge 5k and 1-mile fun run is also happening on Saturday morning. Runners can learn more and sign-up at www.finallapracing.com/.
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.
“In addition to celebrating 130 years, we will also be announcing the winning slogan which we’ve incorporated into the homecoming t-shirt design,” Mayor Bob Marcus noted. At the end of last year, the Village held a Glen Carbon Slogan Contest for residents, and the winning entry will soon be officially announced.
The Glen Carbon Homecoming event is free and open to the public. Tickets for carnival rides are available for purchase.
The Village of Glen Carbon is a thriving community in Madison County, Illinois with a vison for progress while paying homage to its rich, historical roots. If you have questions about Glen Carbon Homecoming or other Village-related news and events, please contact our offices by calling (618) 288-1200. You can also visit The Village of Glen Carbon online at www.glencarbonil.gov.
“There are many exciting things happening in the Village, and there’s no better way to come together and celebrate as a community than during homecoming,” said Mayor Bob Marcus. “In addition to celebrating 130 years, we will also be announcing the winning slogan which we’ve incorporated into the homecoming t-shirt design,” 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.