Weekend Top 10, June 8, 2018

Weekend Top 10, June 8, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Spitting image

Folks line up to spit crickets at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old Glory Festival in Bement. Organizer Pat Hunter says participants pop crickets in their mouths and spit, trying to break the record of 32 feet.

On the right track

At the 401 in Steam event Saturday and Sunday at the Monticello Railway Museum, guests will get a chance to ride a 1907 steam locomotive that came from an asphalt gravel quarry in Alabama.

Feats of strength

See John Beatty, the Amazing Strong Man from Pesotum and NBC's "America's Got Talent," bend nails, break chains and roll frying pans at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Champaign Public Library.

They've gone country

If you have a hankering for the country crooning of Marvin Lee, he'll be on stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as the star of the Melvin Music Show in the Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St.

Eyes on the sky

Greg Smith of the Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club says between 24 and 50 model rockets will soar into the sky between 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Dodds Park.

Ready, set, Rego

Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen's first album in 2014 was called "Tolono." Now they take on Monticello, performing at Allerton Park at 6 p.m. Friday.

String theory

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana present at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Catholic Chapel. As they say in Beauty and the Beast, "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it!"

All suited up

The Firebox Bluegrass Band wears suits and ties just as they would have done in Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. You can see them Saturday evening at Courthouse Rocks in downtown Monticello.

Under the sea

Boys and girls can enjoy "The Little Mermaid" from the comfort of the Crystal Lake Park Aquatic Center at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. $6 for residents, $9 for non-residents. Ariel gets in free.

Taking to the streets

The Josephines, an alternative country band from Bowling Green, Ky., will be the featured performers at Saturday's Champaign Park District's Street Fest. They take to the stage at 10:30 p.m. in downtown Champaign.