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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Scenic Byways Week kicks off Oct. 6

  • Organizers have planned a number of events for the 2012 Illinois Scenic Byways Week which runs from Oct. 6 through the 13. The Ohio River Scenic Byway runs through seven Southern Illinois counties, including Saline.
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  • Organizers have planned a number of events for the 2012 Illinois Scenic Byways Week which runs from Oct. 6 through the 13. The Ohio River Scenic Byway runs through seven Southern Illinois counties, including Saline.
    There are seven nationally-recognized scenic byways around the state. Byways Week encourages public use of the historic routes. The week is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Office of Tourism in the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    "Illinois' scenic byways help connect travelers to the past while they discover the present," said IDOT Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "These byways are found in every region of the state, and are a true testament to the network of beautiful roadways from east to west and downstate to upstate.
    The Office of Tourism has create a special section on the state's interactive tourism website, EnjoyIllinois.com.
    In southeastern Illinois activities kick off with a blast at the Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival at the Saline County Fairgrounds Oct. 6. At the end of a day of good music and food the Town and Country Lions Club fireworks display rescheduled from Fourth of July will light up the sky.
    The weekend also includes Carrier Mills Catskin Days and the Carrier Mills-Stonefort All School Reunion in Saline County.
    Other events include the Hardin County Fluorspar Festival which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday in Rosiclare with a parade, carnival, quilt show and food.
    Farther down the byway the Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild will demonstrate their craft from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the visitor's center at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis.
    On the following Saturday, Oct. 13, historical re-enactors will portray former Pope County residents and dignitaries at a guided walk at the Golconda Cemetery just outside the levee along Lusk Creek at the north end of town.
    That community will also hold its Fall Festival on Sunday downtown and around the courthouse.
    Established by Congress in 1991, a National Scenic Byway is a road recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its archeological, cultural, historic, natural recreational and/or scenic qualities. Illinois' seven byways are found in all regions of the state.
    The seven routes include the following:
    Great River Road with its 550 miles along the Mississippi River. Online at greatriverroad-illinois.org.
    Illinois Lincoln Highway from Chicago's south suburbs to Fulton on the Mississippi River. Online at drivelincolnhighway.com.
    National Historic Road from Marshall to East St. Louis, including 164 miles. Online at nationalroad.org.
    Historic Route 66. Online at illinoisroute66.org.
    Illinois River Road running along the Illinois River from Havana to Ottawa. Offers 100 connected nature sites in the valley. Online at illlinoisriverroad.org.
    Page 2 of 2 - Meeting of the Great Rivers scenic byway winds along a 33-mile path along the Mississippi River where the Illinois and Missouri Rivers join. Online at greatriversbyway.com.
    Ohio River Scenic Byway includes not just the river towns, but the Shawnee National Forest and Garden of the Gods. Online at ohioriverscenicbyway.net.
    Some of the byways such as the Ohio River Scenic Byway and Historic Route 66 continue across multiple states.
    Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the wrong date for the Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival. The festival is Oct. 6.
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