Princeville Gears Up For Fun Filled Weekend

By Stephanie Haley

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM CDT

The weather is heating up and the kids are out of school.
For many communities around central Illinois, this means one thing...town festivals.

The small town of Princeville is no different from any other town when it comes to festivals. Their annual Heritage Days runs all weekend with music, rides, games and that ever pleasing carnival food.

"Different things, elephant ears and funnel cakes and stuff. The masons club always serves onion rings. The food tent will have rib-eye sandwiches, pork chops, burgers," says Lions Club member, Butch Gardner.

Gardner says the town expects about 6,000 people through the weekend.

Festivals like the one in Princeville not only bring family and friends together, they raise money that goes right back in to the community.

The owner of the Polar Bear, which is right across the street from the carnival grounds, says he's prepared for the increase in customers this weekend, expecting to sell approximately three times more than a typical weekend.

"I think sales will be very good this weekend and it should be good for everyone. Overall, it's good for the community, everybody gets together here or in the park and it's good for business but it's good for everybody I think," says Chris O'Kane.

"Money from this goes back to the Civic Association to keep producing things all year long here in town," says Gardner.

So if you are looking for family fun, carnival food, rides and a way to help raise money for your local communities, check out a local festival.

For a complete list of Princeville Heritage Days Events visit:
http://princeville.org/index.html

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