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Cobden is located in southern Illinois in Union County about 20 miles south of Carbondale along U.S. Highway 51 about 10 miles east of the Mississippi River. Cedar Lake is within 10 miles to the north. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 1,055, a decrease of 35 since 1990.

Cobden's "claim to fame" results from being the birthplace of the first refrigerated railroad car to carry fresh fruit. It was built in 1867 by Parker Earle who shipped strawberries on the Illinois Central Railroad.

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Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
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.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.
Bluegrass in the Park Music and Folklife Festival Henderson KY August8-10 Invite all your friends and family. There will be something for everyone.