October has arrived, and, so too have the colors of autumn. Union County will host its annual Colorfest this weekend, celebrating the beauty of the season.

A favorite fall color in Union County’s wine country might match the grapes. With the harvest complete, it’s only appropriate to kick back and enjoy the fruits of the year’s labor. Local wineries will be hosting wine tastings, along with live bands and local artists.

Pumpkins are sure to add a fair touch of orange to the décor and ambiance to the weekend, as well. And they can’t be missed at Choate Mental Health and Development Center, who will be hosting a “Pumpkin Town.”

Along with the pumpkin and grape harvests, the local orchards are in the midst of apple harvest, and they are open for visitors, selling an assortment of seasonal treats.

For some family fun, activities such as Kids Fest and Movie Night in the Park will be taking place in Anna. At the Anna Arts Center, the play “Voices of Union County” will be giving life to the region’s past, an event for all ages.

If the brisk fall weather appeals to the athletes out there, a couple races are in store, including the Union County Colorfest Biathlon and the Dongola Colorfest 5K Fun Run and Walk, so start warming up.

Be sure to get out an experience the local color of Union County this weekend, and take in the autumn festivities. A list of some events happening during Colorfest are listed below:

Alto Pass

Alto Vineyards -- On Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, the winery, will be serving food by Chef Anne. FiddleRick will play at 6 p.m. Friday, the Storm Crows from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and Wil Maring and Robert Bowling from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Winery is located at 8515 Highway 127 in Alto Pass.

Rendleman Orchards -- Rendleman Orchards Farm Market continues to be open 7 days a week throughout the fall and Christmas season. Visitors are able to purchase locally grown, fresh picked apples in a number of varieties and sizes. Rendleman Orchards’ apple butter, apple sauce, apple crisp, apple cider and apple cider donuts are all signature items that locals as well as guests enjoy. Apple gift boxes and gourmet gift boxes for shipping and gourmet gift baskets are also popular holiday items. Rendleman Orchards is located at 9680 Illinois 127 in Alto Pass.


“Voices of Union County” -- Anna Arts Center honors 100 years of Union County history with this play. Performances are set for Oct. 10, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Anna Arts Center is located at 125 W. Davie St in Anna. For ticket reservations and/or information, call 618-697-0009.

Old Fire Station House of Horror -- Anna Arts Center will be hosting a haunted house every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. beginning Friday, Oct. 10 and ending Saturday, Nov. 1. The cost is $5 per person or five people for $20.

P.A.S.T. Historic Walking Tour -- A $15 self-guided tour booklet will be available in front of the Main St. Center at 400 S. Main in Anna. It is the fifth year of the walking tour. P.A.S.T. (Promoting Appreciation for Structural Treasures of Union County) is a not-for-profit, organization with the goal of encouraging an appreciation and helping to preserve local structural treasures for the future by finding new, functional ways to use them.

Union County Colorfest Biathlon -- The 20th Union County Colorfest Biathlon, a 5K run/17.5 bike race, will take place Saturday, Oct. 11, starting at Choate Mental Health and Development Center, 1000 N. Main St. in Anna. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants must be 16 years or older. Cost is $25. This year, the event will be sanctioned by USAT. All previous overall champions are invited to return as Honorary Guests. To register online, go to www.splitmastertiming.com.

Kids Fest -- Will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at Anna City Park. The event is sponsored by Children’s Medical Resource Network.

11th annual Wiener Dog Derby & Fashion Parade -- A doggie fashion parade and wiener dog derby will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Anna City Park. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. It is $20 per dog to enter the derby and $5 per dog to enter the fashion show. This event is sponsored by Children’s Medical Resource Network.

Stinson Library -- A Friends Appreciation book sale will take place Friday, Oct. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the library; It costs $5 to become a friend of Stinson Library. A public book sale and rummage will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the library. Stinson Library is located at 409 S. Main St. in Anna.

Colorfest Emporium Market -- The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church parking lot on South Main St. in Anna. The market will include arts, crafts, flea markets and vendors.

Pumpkin Town -- Choate Mental Health and Development Center in Anna will be displaying “The Pumpkin People,” a trail of pumpkins depicting various cartoons, from Oct. 10 to 18. Displays were created by 19 businesses and organizations, using about 120 pumpkins, 120 straw bales and 70 mums. Choate Mental Health and Development Center is located at 1000 N. Main St in Anna.

Movie Night in the Park -- The movies "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and "American Graffiti" will be shown Friday, Oct. 10, around 6:30 p.m. at dusk, in the Anna City Park Pavilion. Refreshments will be available. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. The rain date will be Friday, Oct. 24.


StarView Vineyard -- On Saturday, Oct. 11, Local artists Janet Althoff, a mosaics artist, Jurhee Veach, a photographer, and Thomas Horn, a metal sculpter, will be here for the day showing and selling their work. Bone Dry River Band will also be playing from 4 to 8 p.m.


The Little Miss Dongola contest -- Will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Dongola School. Registration is $10 for girls ages 3 to 8 who are residents of Dongola.

Pancake Breakfast -- Dongola Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

The second annual Colorfest FFA Tractor and Implement Show --Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Dongola School parking lot. Activities begin at 10 a.m. T-shirts and concessions will be offered.

Dongola Colorfest Parade -- Lineup will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. in the school parking lot. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

Dongola Colorfest 5K Fun Run and Walk -- The theme is “Dress for the Decade,” meaning come dressed as your favorite decade. The race will take place at noon, Oct. 11, in Dongola Park. Registration is at 11 a.m. The entry free is $30. Proceeds go to the Dongola Project Park Fund.

Dongola Colorfest Quilt Show -- From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at Dongola Library, 114 NE Front St.

Fish Dinner -- Hosted at the Dongola Fire Department from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11.


17th Annual Variety Show -- The Southend StumpJumpers will perform at Anna-Jonesboro High School Auditorium Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Jim and Dots in Anna and at the door.

Heritage House Museum open house -- Visitors are welcome at the museum, located at 102 S. Main St. in Jonesboro, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday afternoon in October.

Jonesboro Colorfest -- The festival will have food, crafts and vendors from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and from 11 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in front of the Jonesboro Fire Station, located at West Market Street. There will also be music by “The Wait,” Friday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and by “Diamond Dog,” Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.


Blue Sky Vineyards -- Music and wine tasting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Music by P.J. Jarvis & the Zydeco Crawdaddy’s (from St. Louis, a traditional zydeco and New Orleans style Jazz), King Juba, a blues, funk and soul band. Along with artisans, a tarot card reader and food. The cost is $7 including a souvenir wine glass and wine tasting coupon, children under 15 are free. Blue Sky Vineyards is located at 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road in Makanda.

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