Central Illinois is the home of two spectacular summertime festivals that pull in a vast multitude of visitors from near and far. And this summer, The Great Pumpkin Patch and The Homestead Bakery are packing up their goodies and setting up their tents to join in on these two epic family-fun events.
One is the Mattoon Bagelfest, with its parade, carnival rides, musical guests, beauty and dog contests, countless merchandise vendors, and an enormous variety of tantalizing foods from all around. This fiesta happens July 16th [5pm-11pm], 17th [noon-midnight] and 18th [8am-midnight] at the beautiful Peterson Park near the intersection of Broadway Ave and South 5th Street in Mattoon IL. While you’re here, take in some of America’s greatest pastime of sportsmanship, character and fun at the Mattoon Pride Softballtournament at the Mattoon Roundhouse Complex at Richmond Ave and 6th Street.
The other runaway hit is the Decatur Celebration which has rightfully earned its noted reputation as “the most exciting family street festival in the Midwest!!!” This nugget of golden family entertainment has garnered an award nomination by the State of Illinois Office of Tourism, was selected as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America,” and hosts a grand, full-scope parade that merits annual television coverage with its marching troops, floats and bands. This celebration features up to 80 unique food items, 100 arts and crafts vendors, 40 commercial vendors, dozens of street attractions, 11 headliner-show stages, and the Super Carnival of over 20 expo rides for all ages. Catch all of this excitement and entertainment on Aug 7th[5pm-11pm], 8th [11am-11pm] and 9th [11:am-9:30pm], all centered in 22 city blocks of downtown Decatur IL.
Mark your calendars to join The Great Pumpkin Patch and The Homestead Bakery in breaking new ground in their summertime circuit of festival appearances. Let us cater to your sweet tooth with our fresh, made-from-scratch baked goods while you rejuvenate that spirit of merriment and amusement this July and this August at both of these can’t-miss blockbuster events!