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Oohs and aahs back at Marseilles Fun Days

Fireworks, carnival highlight week of events

The children's teddy bear picnic will return to Illini State Park in Marseilles as part of the Fun Days celebration. It is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12.
The children's teddy bear picnic will return to Illini State Park in Marseilles as part of the Fun Days celebration. It is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12.

Marseilles Fun Days has a little bit of fun planned for the whole family.

Highlighting the six days of activities is a fireworks show at dusk Saturday. The fireworks will be let off from Bob Newkirk’s property near the Illinois River and will be visible from the IV Cellular parking lot, 200 Riverfront Drive.

The fireworks will be back for the first time since the city’s 175th anniversary celebration eight years ago.

The fireworks are a second “first” for this year’s Fun Days, which, for the first time since the 2013 flood, will feature a carnival. 

A carnival by All Around Amusement will run Thursday to Sunday on Lincoln Street. A mega pass costs $45 at the carnival and gives unlimited rides for all four days. The passes can be bought at City Hall prior to the carnival for $40. Daily wristbands giving unlimited rides on any given day are $30.

The "Friends with Disabilities" will have a carnival time for themselves 2 to 4 p.m. Friday by pre-registering with City Hall at 815-795-2133.

A number of family activities are planned for Wednesday's Welcomeburger event at the Lions Club. The Fun Days committee will be serving up grilled food, along with a free slice of birthday cake for Illinois' bicentennial.

Antique fire truck rides, an OSF Life Flight helicopter demonstration, a teen glow party at the swimming pool and a free movie, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," at the Pee Wee diamonds are part of the activities.

The James Trager family helped bring back the Marseilles Idol, donating $500 to be awarded as the grand prize. The contest begins at 6 p.m. rain or shine at the Lions Club. There are two divisions ages 5 through 13 (which will award a $250 top prize) and ages 14 through adult (which has a $500 top prize). Anyone interested in participating should call Sandy Thomas at 815-795-7603.

Joe Evola, of Sam's Pizza, will serve as Sunday's parade marshal. His business has been in Marseilles for more than 40 years. The parade is scheduled to begin at noon. The route starts at Marseilles Elementary School, goes down Broadway Street to Commercial Street, then to the ball diamonds. Line-up begins at the school at 11 a.m.

A special presentation on famed boxer Laddie Tonielli's life, as told by his son Terry, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Seattle Sutton Marseilles Museum, 151 Washington St. There also will be free children's train rides.

Tuesday, July 10

• 5 p.m. Ducky Derby at Snug Harbor. Music by Chris Farrell.

Wednesday, July 11

• 10:30 a.m. Story time with Miss Jan at Knudson Park.

• 4 to 8 p.m. Dunk tank by Pee Wee Diamond.

• 5 p.m. Welcomeburger at the Lions Club.

• 5 p.m. Antique fire truck rides at Lions Club parking lot.

• 6 p.m. Marseilles Idol at the Lions Club.

• 5 to 7 p.m. OSF Life Flight helicopter land and ground tours at Guthrie Park Softball Field.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Teen Glow Party at the Marseilles Pool.

• Dusk "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at the Pee Wee Diamond.

Thursday, July 12

• 10:30 a.m. Children's Teddy Bear Picnic provided by CP's Ice Cream at Illini State Park.

• 5 p.m. to midnight Carnival opens on Lincoln Street.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Music by Tom Edwards at OSB-Twin Oak Banks with popcorn, lemonade and ice cream.

Friday, July 13

• 9 a.m. Market on Main Street.

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marseilles Library book sale and ice cream sandwiches.

• Noon to 6 p.m. Children's splishin' and splashin' at Marseilles Pool.

• Noon Senior luncheon and "Safe Banking for Seniors" program at American Legion.

• 2 to 4 p.m. Carnival opens to Friends with Disabilities.

• 5 p.m. to midnight Carnival on Lincoln Street.

• 5 p.m. to midnight Beer tent and food trucks open in Knudson Park.

• 7 p.m. Marseilles High School Class of 1973 Alumni Reunion under the beer tent.

• 7:30 to 11 p.m. Music by Big Sugar Country.

Saturday, July 14

• 9 a.m. Market on Main Street.

• 9 a.m. Dr. Sutton Memorial Bridge Walk. Sign up at 8 a.m. at Marseilles Nursing Service.

• 9 a.m. to noon Marseilles Library book sale.

• 10 a.m. to noon Marseilles Swimming Pool lifeguard car wash at the parking lot of the pool. Music by Boomin' DJ.

• Noon to 6 p.m. Local entertainment under the beer tent.

• Noon to midnight Carnival on Lincoln Street. Beer tent and food trucks in Knudson Park.

• 1 to 3 p.m. The Seattle Sutton Museum presents "The life of famous boxing champion, Laddie Tonielli, a hometown hero," by his son Terry. Also train rides for children.

• 4 to 8 p.m. Dunk tank at the fire department parking lot.

• 6 p.m. Marseilles High School Class of 1973 Alumni reunion dinner at Illini Lounge.

• 8 to 11 p.m. Music by AbbyNormal.

• Dusk: Fireworks on Illinois River visible from IV Cellular parking lot.

Sunday, July 15

• 9 a.m. Community worship services under the tent in Knudson Park.

• 11 a.m. Chicken fry at Lions Club.

• Noon Fun Days parade. Starts at Marseilles Elementary School, down Broadway Street to Commercial Street, then to the ball diamonds.

• Noon to 5 p.m. Carnival on Lincoln Street.

• 1 to 4 p.m. Dunk tank by the Pee Wee Diamond.

• 2 p.m. Cow pie bingo at Pee Wee Diamond.

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