Weekend Update: Something to howl about
Kennekuk County Park will be busy in early September for the first Phases of the Moon Festival. But the beautiful park just north of Kickapoo State Park west of Danville also has plenty of activities going on today: 'Cheeseburgers and Fun,' the Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk and the seventh annual Bunker Hill Run car show and Cruise to the VA. Here's a rundown on all the fun:
1. If you want to compete in Howl at the Moon, the largest timed ultra in the United States, you're out of luck (registration is closed because the field is full). The run/walk starts around 7:30 a.m. and takes place on a 3.29-mile loop at Kennekuk, with support from volunteers and a post-race party. Howl benefits the Vermilion County Conservation District and is in memory of Ultra runner/Kennekuk Road Runner Scott Hathaway.
2. The seventh Bunker Hill Run & Cruise to the VA from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. will feature 400 cars — Corvettes, Mustangs, muscle cars and antique tractors; a 21-gun salute to veterans; a vintage-airplane flyover; and the Cruise to the VA hospital. The 200 cars in that will line up at 12:30 p.m., leave at 1 and return to Kennekuk. The car-show organizers will do a 50/50 drawing, with proceeds to the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center. There's no entry fee to show off your car, so muscle in!
3. "Cheeseburgers & Fun," a giant cookout, is sponsored by the Vermilion County Conservation District Foundation. There are no gate or parking fees for it and the other events today, but donations will be accepted. And anyone who buys a cheeseburger dinner for $5 is entered into a $500 raffle drawing. The cookout starts at 4 p.m. and ends when supplies run out. Proceeds go to the foundation and Kennekuk Environmental Education Center.