Please remember that events may be canceled or rescheduled last minute due to unpredictable weather or other factors. We encourage you to reach out to event organizers before heading out to an event to verify it is still happening.
Monarch Events Center
Join the Land Conservation Foundation to celebrate the Sangamon River’s coolest creature at our fifth annual Mudpuppy Festival at the Monarch Events Center, 212 S. Independence Street, Monticello. This family event features crafts, games, a face painter, and a “fishing” booth for prizes! The 2022 Festival was a huge success with 300 people attending, including over 75 children of all ages.
This event includes many kids’ activities focused on the Sangamon River and its wildlife, including mussels, birds, pollinators, and the state threatened mudpuppy, an aquatic salamander. Children will have an opportunity to complete mudpuppy crafts and a scavenger hunt, have their wildlife passports stamped, to “fish” for prizes.
Local businesses and individuals sponsor this Festival. Food will be available for purchase from Monticello’s Holly’s Country Kitchen and drinks (for kids & adults) from the Dirt Pour Traveling Bar. There is no charge for the Mudpuppy Festival but a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is recommended. For more information, go to LCFs website: landconservationfoundation.org or call Executive Director Deanna Glosser, 217-725-5886.