Mattoon Tourism Newsletter 10-03-12

Mattoon Tourism                          October 3rd, 2012

October is Illinois Art and Humanities Month 

Expo at Cross County Mall:
It is time again for the Annual Mattoon Chamber of Commerce Expo this Thursday October 4th at the Cross County Mall.  From 10am-4pm will be the perfect time to get acquainted or re-acquainted with Mattoon Area Businesses and Non-Profit organizations.  The very popular Taste of the Expo is from 11am-1pm with 14 of Mattoon's finest catering and restaurants. 1-4pm will be a new feature: a Manufacturing and Industry Job Fair.  All the job fair participants will be located in a special section near the main entrance of the Cross County Mall.  For more information call the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce at 217-235-5561.

"Stop the Bullying!":

October 5th Eastern Illinois University is hosting the "Stop the Bullying" conference, from 8:30-4pm in the Martin Luther King Union in Charleston.  The theme of the conference is "Beyond Awareness: Strategies to Eliminate Bullying". The Bridging Voices in Our Community Bullying Project™ serves as a catalyst to help educate and equip the learning community in the area of bullying prevention.  Support and hope is offered for those served; continuously striving to save a life one day at a time. Contact Dr. Melanie Mills at 217-581-2016  or for more information or log on to


Swap that!:
October 6th  is the Annual Mid America Motorworks Fall Swapfest and Bonfire Music Festival, from 8am-2pm at the corporate campus of Mid America Motorworks in Effingham on 17082 North US Highway 45. Buy, sell and trade at Fall Swapfest!
With the addition of a Car Show, Pedal Car and Vintage Toy Show and the Matt Poss Bonfire Music Festival, Fall Swapfest includes something for everyone! For more information log on to

Last chance tri-athalon:

There will be a 3:30 pm awards presentation. For more information contact: Mattoon Area Family YMCA Jill Rohr or Bob Zollman, Co-Race Directors; or call 217-234-9494

Cute as a pumpkin:

2012 marks the 24th year of The Great Pumpkin patch inviting guests from near and far to celebrate the beauty of harvest. Preparations are made year-round for  "pumpkin season" of September 15 through October 31. The working, family farm is  busy with preparations for planting and harvesting corn and soybeans and commercial pumpkins.  The Great Pumpkin Patch, The Homestead Bakery and The Homestead Seeds invite you to experience autumn.The Great Pumpkin Patch is proud to invite guests to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds from over 30 countries around the world; all grown here on the farm. For more information log on to

EIU softball club plays in Mattoon:

Friday, October  5th - Sun, October  7, the Eastern Illinois University Club Softball will take the field at the Mattoon Roundhouse Complex located at 331North 6th St. 

EIU will be hosting its second annual Fall Frenzy and is going to have 12-16 teams in a double elimination competition. Good luck ladies! Contact President, Jessi Smith at for more information. Admission is free and concessions will available for purchase. 


Mattoon Library Book Sale:

Make your preparations for curling up with a good book with a trip to the Mattoon Library Book Sale this weekend October 5-6th. The Sale is open Friday 3-7pm and Saturday 8:30-2pm with a special deal of $5 to 'fill your bag" starting at 12:10 on Saturday.  Regular prices are $1 for paperbacks, $2 for hardback and $.50 for children's books. Major credit cards are accepted. For more information call the Library at 217-234-2621 or email at  The Book Sale is hosted by the Friends of the Library. The Mattoon Public Library is located at 1600 Charleston Ave, in Mattoon.
Looking ahead:

  • October 13th Coles County Historical Society Wine Tasting 2-7pm
  • October 13th EIU Homecoming,  
  • October 13th Fall Fest, Douglas Hart Nature Center 
  • October 13-20th The Quilters of Gee's Bend, Mattoon,   
  • October 20th United Way of Coles County 21st Annual Auction, 5-9-pm LIfespan Center    
  • November 5-9th Veteran's Week at Lake Land College 
  • November 10th Open House at the Gannaway House 
  • November 11th Veteran's Day Parade
  • November 12th Charleston Challenge 40 mile relay  
  • November 16th -December 26th Mattoon Lightworks
  • November 16-17th SBL 14th Annual Festival of Trees, SBL Lumpkin Ed Center
  • November 17th Santa Chase Half Marathon and 5k Run
  • November 17th Mattoon Holiday Parade 1pm
  • December 1st, Christmas in the Heart of Charleston
  • December 7th Downtown Mattoon Christmas Celebration
  • December 15th Santa at the Depot, tba
  • December 26th Last day of Mattoon Lightworks