Vandalia, Illinois Community Events - The Grande Levee

Grande Levee - Harvest Festival

Join us October 3 & 4, 2013

2008 Grande Levee

For more than forty years, Vandalia has been celebrating their history and heritage with the Grande Levee’ on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse, which is the Oldest State Capitol Building in Illinois. This year, 2014, the event will be held on the first weekend of October, October 3 & 4. All events for the Grande Levee’ will take place on the Statehouse Lawn.

On Friday evening from 5-8pm, come enjoy an Old Fashioned Ham & Bean Dinner served by the local Ministerial Alliance and enjoy some Bluegrass Music. Bring some blankets or chairs and enjoy the evening outdoors. On Saturday, from 10am-4pm, come back to enjoy many period artisans, a young Abe Lincoln, stagecoach rides, blacksmiths, more bluegrassmusic and food vendors.

For more information contact Steve Riddle, Site Superintendent at 618-283-1161 or email:

Harvest Festival
To coincide with the Grande Levee’, the Vandalia Tourism Commission will be hosting their Annual Harvest Festival (formerly Corn Days). The Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Vandalia on Saturday, October 4th from 10-4pm. Visitors can enjoy vendors, downtown merchant sales, Little Miss/Mister & Miss/Mister Pageant and more! Kids can enjoy painting a car and bouncing in the inflatable bounce house or trying their luck at the inflatable obstacle course, the South Central Illinois Law Dogs Paintball shooting booth and much more.

To be a vendor, please download and return the application found here

For more information on the Harvest Festival, contact Latisha Paslay, Tourism Commission Directorat at 618-283-2728 or email:

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