Bicentennial Road Rally to be held September 29

On Sept. 29, the Randolph County Bicentennial Road Rally will be taking place to celebrate Illinois’ 200th year of statehood, but some people may be wondering how to participate in the rally.

First, registration will be held at Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher from 9-11 a.m. Those who register will be given a goodie bag and a list of 13 designated historic sites (with addresses) around Randolph County.

Sites featured on the rally are: Fort de Chartres (Prairie du Rocher), the Creole House (Prairie du Rocher), Red Bud Winery, Red Bud Museum, St. Patrick’s Church (Ruma), Coulterville Museum, Misselhorn Art Gallery (Sparta), Steeleville Park Veterans’ Memorial, Mary’s River Covered Bridge (Chester), Popeye Statue (Chester), Fort Kaskaskia (Ellis Grove), Pierre Menard Home (Ellis Grove), Liberty Bell of the West Shrine and Immaculate Conception Church (Kaskaskia).

Each road rally participant will be given a souvenir card that will need to be stamped at each of the sites they visit. If the site is not manned, road rally participants should just take a selfie with a date and time stamp.

All participants will need to be at the Red Bud Winery by 4 p.m.

For more on the Bicentennial Road Rally, please see this week’s print edition.