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Charleston is located in east central Illinois in Coles County (of which it is the county seat) about 10 miles east of Mattoon along Highway 130 north of Lake Charleston. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 20,437, an increase of 39 since 1990.

For outdoor recreation, locals frequent Fox Ridge State Park south of town or get in a round of golf at Bent Tree Golf Course. In addition, the Abraham Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site is only minutes southwest of the park.

For those seeking a post-high school educational experience, they can find it at Eastern Illinois University.

Golf Bent Tree Golf Course |
Illinois State Parks Fox Ridge State Park |

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12/05 Coming to The area
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Bloomington IN May10 The annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival celebrates the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from cultures around the world.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.