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The much-lauded Midwest Salute to the Arts has developed into one of the premier art events in the nation. With its origins starting almost 19 years ago, the event boasts about 100 award-winning artists exhibiting and selling their work in large tented galleries. In a juried show, these artists compete for cash prizes. Held in Longacre Park, the event has developed into a true festival of the arts, including art activities for children, art demonstrations, and live performances on three different stages. In addition, there’s an international food court hosted by various local church and civic organizations.

The annual Homecoming, held in Longacre Park, is sponsored by community volunteer organizations and local clubs. It features a big parade, carnival rides, food booths, and a craft fair; it raises funds to help support the city’s parks.

Exclusively for senior citizens, Senior Day in the Park at Longacre Park features live entertainment, a big dance band, table games, prizes, hotdogs, popcorn, soda, and ice cream. A luncheon is also served at nominal cost.

Looking Glass Playhouse

Fairview Heights residents delight in taking visitors to area attractions, including the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows in Belleville and the Cahokia Mounds, a state historic site. Three distinct Indian cultures lived at the site from prehistoric times to about 1300 A.D. The City of Cahokia, at its height, had approximately 20,000 residents. An $8.2 million Interpretive Center details what is known about the city, surrounding mounds, and the Mississippians, the Indian tribe who built the city.

The Looking Glass Playhouse in nearby Lebanon, a long-standing community theater group, is among the Fairview Heights area attractions. The city’s 10-screen cinema is another popular entertainment center.

The Fairview Heights Public Library, housed in a 20,000-square foot building holds more than 28,000 books, hundreds of videos, audio books, CD-ROMs, newspapers and magazines, and music recordings. The reference department has an extensive business section with specialized resources of business and investment information.

Proximity to St. Louis enhances the cultural scene for Fairview Heights, giving residents access to such stellar performances of the St. Louis Symphony and Opera Theater of St. Louis. The Orchestra, whose home is Powell Hall, presents its summer County Pops concerts in Queeny Park, a relaxing 570-acre site only a few minutes west of downtown. St. Louis’ Muny Outdoor Theater presents a summer series at a beautiful, 12,000-seat theater in Forest Park, on the city’s western edge. Forest Park is also the setting for the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, and the St. Louis Art Museum. The famous Fox Theater in St. Louis brings the top names of show business to its stage. Those who are entertained by gaming can enjoy the action on the Casino Queen, a riverboat casino at East St. Louis.

Auto racing enthusiasts flock to nearby Gateway International Raceway where NASCAR, NHRA, and IndyCar sponsored racing events can be enjoyed. Fairmount Park offers thoroughbred and harness racing.

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