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International Horseradish Festival
The International Horseradish Festival, held in Woodland Park in June, draws people from far and wide and celebrates Collinsville as the Horseradish Capital of the World – a Registered Servicemark of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office! Collinsville has received the distinction not only for the sheer quantity of horseradish produced but its tangy quality – thanks to the rich Mississippi River bottoms soil.
Visitors to the International Horseradish Festival have an array of activities to choose from. Included in the festivities are unique events such as the Root Derby, Bloody Mary Contest, Horseradish Recipe Contest, Little Miss Horseradish Contest, and lots of premier live music!
The festival includes a children’s area with pony rides, a petting zoo, a paintball gallery, clowns, face painting, sport challenges, and interactive, educational displays. The festival also offers adults a wide variety of food and drink, a huge and diverse craft village, helicopter rides and the best regional bands, both acoustic and fully amped! It's a great time for young and old alike. Visitors always look forward to this festival on the second weekend in June. Learn more about this event at www.horseradishfestival.com or call 618-344-2884.
This social event is traditionally held the third weekend of September in downtown Collinsville. The Italian Fest provides an environment for family fun that includes activities related to the area's large population of Italian descendents.
Festival goers are given the opportunity to enjoy two days of ethnic foods and a variety of entertainment on three stages. Collinsville's main thoroughfare is transformed into a taste of Italy wrapped in the colors of green, white and red.
Annual events at the Italian Fest include the wine making contest, grape stomp, bocce ball tournament, 5K run/walk, Paisan Pedal Push, parade and children's area. There are activities and entertainment for all ages. For more information see the website at www.italianfest.net or call 618-344-2884.