Historic National Road

Held annually over Father's Day Weekend downtown Casey, the National Road Festival is one of many community celebrations held along the original National Road (Route 40) celebrating the area's heritage as part of the first road heading west.

Casey's festival features variations on a circus theme - inspired by the circus train wreck in the community which resulted in two lions running loose through the area. Several community entities and organizations band together to make this festival unique and fun - and we're already planning for next year!


Thanks to all who made this year's National Road Festival such a success!

Casey National Road Festival Parade

The Casey Historical Society marches in the National Road Festival Parade.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Sowers


2010 National Road Festival Schedule


Artists at NRF Friday, June 18

  • 5:00 p.m.   FCCLA Ribeye Sandwich & 
                     More, CIA Beverage Sale
  • 7:00 p.m.   Motherlode String Trio

 Saturday, June 19

  • 6:00 a.m.   Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast 
                     at Firehouse (Rain or Shine)
  • 8:00 a.m.   Farmers Market & Flea Market 

 Sunday, June 20

  • 9:00 a.m.     Artisan Street Fair Begins
  • 10:00 a.m.   Parade
  • 10:30 a.m.   Airplane Rides, Vintage Fly-In & Casey 
                       Historical Society Selling Food at Airport
  • 11:00 a.m.   Petting Zoo, Bookmobile & Other 
                       Children’s Activities Begin
  • 12:00 p.m.   Dance Team
  • 1:00 p.m.     Paper Airplane Contest at Airport
  • 2:00 p.m.     Historic Walking Tour Begins at 
                       Cumberland Presbyterian Church
  • 4:00 p.m.     Local Memorabilia Fundraising Auction;
                       Raffle Winner Announced
  • 7:00 p.m.     Coles County Barbershop Singers

Artisan Fair

Artisan Booths at the National Road Festival, 2010.

Photo courtesy of Howard Loftis

For additional information on the Casey National Road Festival, or for vendor/artisan information, please contact the National Road Committee.

For more information on the National Road and its history in Illinois, visit the National Road Association Web site.