Annual Chestnut Festival in Francisville Annual Chestnut Festival in Francisville

Annual Chestnut Festival in St. Francisville

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October 4-5, 2013 in St. Francisville, Illinois

The Women’s Club of St. Francisville planted several Chinese Chestnut trees in the spring of 1967 to replace those that had been wiped out by blight. This prompted the first Chestnut Festival, a now yearly celebration of the trees and the community held each fall.

The 37th annual event includes live music, tractor pulls, baby contests, wagon rides, a parade and a car show.

Visitors can also visit the oldest log home in St. Francisville on the west end of Main Street, the Cannonball Bridge that crosses the Wabash River connecting Illinois and Indiana, the old wooden footbridge that was built over the railroad in 1908, and the town’s Veterans War Memorial on Sixth and St. Joseph streets.

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