HerrinFesta 2019

Upcoming Events


Friday, May 24th, 2019


5:30 PM: Kendell Marvel, Jeff Mears & the Cache River Band, and Jamey Johnson @ Piazza Stage

Order tickets online here or in person at the Herrin Civic Center or Herrin Chamber of Commerce


Saturday, May 25th, 2019

8:00 AM: John A. Logan Tri-Festa Triathlon @ John A. Logan College

Be a part of the HerrinFesta Triathlon, affectionately named “Tri-Festa.” Join members of the community for this quarter-mile swim, three mile run, and fourteen mile bike ride beginning at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.

6:00 a.m.-7:30am Under Tent
7:45a.m. Pre-Race Meeting CHEC Poolside
8:00a.m. Race Time
10:30a.m. Food followed by Awards.
12:00p.m. Event Ends

VENDORS: The Bike Surgeon

Trophies for overall winners and heavy medals 1st – 3rd place in each age group and 1st and 2nd place in the team categories.

Awards Groups: Para-Athlete – Top Three 9-14yrs, 15-19yrs, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60+

Apply online here or Register In Person at JALC CHEC Fitness Center or Day of Event

*Must pre-register by May 13th to guarantee T-Shirt


11:00 AM: Grand Parade @ Park Avenue

The Herrin Festa Parade is Sponsored by Southern Illinois Bank.

Parade will be Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00am. Line-up begins at 10:00am on the parking lot and ball field of the Herrin Middle School (700 S. 14th St.). All parties interested in the parade should register below. Registrations should be sent no later than May 18th. Late registrations will be accepted up to May 23rd.

This year we are asking that each parade entry donate $25 of food or $25.00 in a check. All of these donations will go to the Herrin House of Hope. The list of food that is needed is here

Food List

Checks may be written to the Herrin House of Hope.

Restrictions: Please do not throw out/give away bouncy balls/super balls, Frisbees, or anything frozen. All hard items are to be handed to individuals instead of thrown.


To be part of the fun, apply online here

For more information contact Joe Helleny at 618-525-0220.


12:30 PM: Adult-Child Bocce Tournament @ Herrin Bocce Court

Child Team Member:
child must be 6 years of age and not yet 18 years of age
Adult Team Member:
Must be age 18 or older
Team Composition:
Minimum of one (1) adult must be a member of each team.  Each team may have a maximum of two (2) adult members
Registration Fee:

Register online here


2:00 PM: Festa Poster Award Reception @ Baldwin Piano & Organ Center

For full information click here


5:30 PM: Daniel E. Johnson, Riley Green, and Scott McCreery @ Piazza Stage

Gates open at 5:30

For tickets, order online here or in person at the Herrin Civic Center or Herrin Chamber of Commerce


Sunday, May 26th, 2019

11:00 AM: 11th Annual Poker Run

Registration begins: 11:00am at J & J Timeout, Herrin, IL.

First Bike out: Noon

Last Bike out: 1:00pm

Last bike in: 6:00pm at J & J Timeout Herrin, IL.

Cost: (Includes dinner)

$20/ person or $30/ couple $10/additional poker cards (limit one per person)

Best Poker Run hand prize: Will receive a $1,000 travel voucher sponsored by Mindy’s Mile Travel Agency.

(Drawn for between 6p-7p must be present to win)Other items offered:
Chance to win 1 of 5 gift baskets (no purchase necessary)
50/50 Drawing 
1 for $1 6 for $5 Arm length $10 Nose to Toes $20

Sponsored by:
visitSI and Black Diamond Harley Davidson

Everyone is welcome, motorcycles and cars

*Maps will be provided at registration


1:00 PM: International Championship Bocce Tournament @ Herrin Bocce Court

12:45pm – Captain’s meeting
1:00pm – Tournament play begins

Open Division
Registration Fee:
Championship Division
Registration Fee:

Register online here


5:30 PM: The Great Affairs, Loverboy, and Headeast @ Piazza Stage

Gates open at 5:30, order tickets online here


7:30 AM: Road Races @ Various Locations

10k START TIME 7:30 AM $25 pre-registered/$30 race day 
Top 5 male/female will be awarded plaques. 
Age group winners will receive a custom medal.

5k noncompetitive walk START TIME 7:45 AM $25 pre-registered/ $30 race day 
All walkers will receive a medal!!!

Straight away mile START TIME 9:20 AM $15 pre-registered/ $20 race day 
Bringing Back the Mile!! A fast and fun straight away mile down Herrins park avenue!!

Why run one when you can run both? 
Straight away mile and 5k or 10k $30 pre-registered/ $40 race day

Youth one mile fun run (12 and under) $5 pre-registered $8 race day START TIME 9:23 AM 
All fun runners will receive a finishers award!!

River to River Runners Club members receive $5 off!!

Monday May 27th from 6:15-7:15 am at the Herrin Civic Center 
Online registration here
All pre-registered runners will receive a custom t-shirt. (May 13th is cutoff for guaranteed shirts)

If you have questions 618-559-0721 or ticerjosh@yahoo.com

****$500 Award for breaking the Course Records 10k Male 30:15 and Female 34:06

1 Mile Male 4:03 and Female 4:49

Overall awards and course records based off gun time. Age group awards based off chip time.


10:00 AM: Jeep Poker Run @ Herrin Hospital Parking Lot

Registration @ 10 a.m. Registration will be located in the parking lot just to the south of the Herrin Medical Arts building at 232 S Park Avenue right off of 148. (Parking lot between SIH Herrin Hospital and Banterra Bank)

Jeeps will take-off @ 11 a.m.

Sponsored by Weeks Jeep in Benton!

Prizes will be awarded for best and worst hands and best Festa themed Jeep. Best hand will take home $500 cash and a $500 gas card.

Register online here


5:30 PM: Danny Gokey and Jason Crabb @ Piaza Stage

Doors open at 5:30, order tickets online here




Recent Events

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at 2:00 PM: Little Mr./Miss Pageant & Baby Contest @ Herrin Civic Center

  • Baby Contest will be open to all babies from birth to 2 years of age on the day of the pageant
  • Little Miss/Mr. Pageant is open to children age 3 to 5
  • Junior Miss/Mr. Pageant is open to children of ages 6 to 9 years

Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 7:00 PM: Miss HerrinFesta Scholarship Pageant @ Herrin Civic Center

Adults – $15.00
Children 10 and under – $8.00

Queen – $2,500
1st Runner Up- $400
2nd Runner Up – $300

In 1993, Melissa Morgan, pageant director and Circuit Judge in Franklin County, came to the HFI committee and asked to direct, coordinate and produce the scholarship pageant. It has been a continuing success and is part of the rich history of ‘Festa. Ms. Morgan will continue as director of the pageant. Applications for this year’s pageant will be available at the Herrin Chamber of Commerce office after April 1.

Young women who reside in Illinois are invited to participate and compete in the Miss HerrinFesta Italiana Scholarship Pageant for scholarships. This event is the largest scholarship pageant of its kind in Southern Illinois.

Entry forms are available at the Herrin Chamber of Commerce, Joyce’s Boutique & The Pageant Room, and at Melise’s Boutique


Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 6:00 PM: Mayor’s HerrinFesta Honoree Banquet @ Herrin Civic Center

The banquet will begin with cocktails at 6:00 and dinner starting at 6:30. Tickets required.

Honored Guests:
Grand Parade Marshals: Bill & Lisa Carnaghi
Lifetime Achievement Award: Marty Fosse
Corporate Honoree: Baldwin Piano & Organ Center

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 PM: Talent Contest @ Herrin Civic Center

Contestants may compete in the HerrinFesta Italiana Talent Contest. Cash prizes for entrants in the HerrinFesta Talent Contest in six categories:

  • K-2nd Grade
  • 3rd – 5th Grade
  • 6th – 8th Grade
  • High School
  • College
  • Adult
  • Bands

Tickets are $5.00 per person available at the door.


Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 5:30 PM:  Resurrection – A Journey Tribute @ Piazza Stage

Join us for this tribute of epic proportions as we celebrate one of the greatest rock legends: Journey

Doors open at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 8:30 PM. Order tickets online online here or purchase them in person at the Herrin Civic Center or Herrin Chamber of Commerce.


Friday, May 24th, 2019

11:00 AM to 4 PM: Denzil Walker/Hal Norment Festa Golf Tournament @ Pine Lakes Golf Course

4 Person Scramble-Friday, May 24, 2019
Presented by First Southern Bank
Pine Lakes Golf Course, Energy, IL
Entry Fee: $70.00 per person,
$65.00 if received before May 3, 2019
Registration begins at 10:00 am,
Tournament begins at 11:00 am

18 holes of Golf includes attendance prizes as well as refreshments

Winning teams will be flighted using a score-card playoff, if necessary

Entries are limited to 21 and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Priority will be given to Full Teams,

Register online here

Deadline to register is May 20, 2019.

Entry fee is $70 per person.

Entry fee if received before May 3, 2019 – $65.00

Checks made payable to Herrin Festa Italiana, Drop off at First Southern Bank-Herrin Banking Facility

For additional information contact Mindy Combs at 997-4341 x 2151 or mindy.combs@firstsouthernbank.net


4:00 PM: Kids Bike and Pet Parade @ OLMC Parking Lot

All participants need to meet at the OLMC parking lot no later than 3:45 PM on Friday, May 24th. Parade begins at 4pm. 

Have fun! 

Trophies will be awarded in these categories:

0-4 Years
5-7 Years
7-10 Years
Best Small Group
Best Large Group