By Blair Thomas
Oct. 19-21, 2012, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Downtown Centralia is saturated in fall colors the third weekend in October when it hosts its three-day Mt. Vernon Fall Festival.
Celebrate the season with live entertainment, a parade, activities for the kids, a car show, a band competition, a craft show, pumpkin contests and a chili cook-off.
The free festival takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (888) 533-2600.