Heading east for horseradish (June 6-7)

June 5, 2009

As long as I’m plugging things to do in Collinsville this week, I can’t leave out the International Horseradish Festival Saturday and Sunday (June 6 and 7). The Metro East is a hotbed of festivals this time of year, celebrating everything from strawberries to coal, but the horseradish festival is truly one of the more unique events in the U.S., given that 60 percent our horseradish does in fact originate right in Collinsville, and 20 percent more comes from the surrounding areas of southern Illinois.

The contests — root sacking, bloody mary-making, root derby, little miss horseradish, root toss — manage to hit the right mix of cheesiness and skill to make them appealing to all ages.  There are also live bands both days, and of course, of COURSE, there’s food too.

While you’re over in that neck of the woods, I have a tip for you:  The park at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is a nice, quiet place for kids to run around and unwind.  There’s a water spray area and picnic tables that make for a nice lunchtime retreat, whether or not you’re there for religious reasons.  Since most of us only tour the shrine during the holiday lights display, a summertime visit is a nice change of pace.

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