Annual Locust Street Historical Fair

May 4, 2021

The Locust Street Historical Fair was held last Saturday along the 100 and 200 blocks of Locust Street in a celebration of the history of Centralia, Illinois. Former Major John Stuehmeier gave a presentation on several of the area’s historic buildings (top photo). Almost 60 buildings in Centralia’s commercial historical district are recognized in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Civil War Reenactors of Marion County set up cannons outside the Centralia Area Historical Museum. Elmwood Speaks performances were also given at the Museum. The actors are pictured in the third photo.

Old fashioned craft items and historic photos were on sale, and Locust Street was lined with antique cars and vintage motorcycles.

“Supe” Granda, founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, entertained the crowds during the fair. “Supe” was sponsored by Band Aide, a local organization that lends a helping hand to families who have experienced a “life’s not fair” event.

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