Brick Campaign Fundraiser

Be a part of history and leave your mark on the 50th Anniversary of Carlyle Lake. A new brick walkway will be placed by the Dam West Recreation Area in the Spring of 2018! Learn More

Celebration Highlights

Special Appearances



Smokey the Bear

Ronald McDonald

Woodsy Owl

Bobber the Water Safety Dog

Civil War Living History Event @ Mariner's Village Resort
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Civil War Living History Event @ Mariner's Village Resort  | Carlyle | Illinois | United States

The Clinton County Historical Society will host a Civil War Living History event on May 6 & 7, 2017 to kick off the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The Turner Brigade, a reenactment organization that portrays infantry, artillery, and engineering units of Missouri Union volunteers and civilians of the Civil War period will be on hand with displays, exhibits, and demonstrations of the soldier’s life during the War Between the States.

In addition, other local Civil War history buffs will be present to show off equipment, artifacts, and share their Civil War knowledge with visitors. Numerous other activities, including historical figure impersonators, are in the planning stage and additional information will be made available in upcoming weeks. The location of the event will be the grassy area adjacent to the Mariners Village Resort, near the Dam West Recreational Area, and adequate parking will be available.

Mark your calendar and check back in the near future for more details on this fun filled and exciting experience.

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Hot Air Balloons
Jun 9 – Jun 11 all-day

Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon

A special and new way to educate and excite the public about fire prevention, the Smokey Bear Balloons have enlivened and enlightened tens of thousands of older and younger generations in America, renewing interest in wildfire prevention practices. Equipped with a special trailer offering a full range of environmental, educational, and media opportunities to each sponsor, the Smokey Bear Balloons continue to thrill countless Americans with a new and exciting knowledge about wildfire prevention.

Kid’s Area
Jun 9 – Jun 11 all-day
Kid's Area

Come out and enjoy our kid’s area which will include: The Climbing Wall, Water Safety Games, Music by Babaloo, Face Painting and Environmental programs!

Sand Sculptor Dan Belcher
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm
Sand Sculptor Dan Belcher

Dan Belcher of Ampersand Workshop will be creating a new Sand Sculpture during the 3-day 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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The Moving Wall (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) @ Mariner's Village Resort
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm
The Moving Wall (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) @ Mariner's Village Resort | Carlyle | Illinois | United States

Pay tribute to the Vietnam Veterans! The Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

Opening Ceremony at 5:00pm.

Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm

H&H Amusement’s family friendly carnival. They have been in business for over 20 years and are proud to say they own and operate a safe environment for you and your family. They own and operate 12 beautiful rides.



Music Festival
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm


Drew Baldridge

We are excited to announce, Cold River Recording Artist Drew Baldridge will be performing at the Carlyle Lake 50th Anniversary Celebration. He has released multiple albums and is quickly growing in popularity across the nation. Learn More
Saturday June 10th | 8:30pm – 10pm | Music Videos | Facebook




 Music Schedule

DateTimeBandWeb Address
Friday, June 9, 20176:30pm - 8pmSoulard Blues BandVisit Website
8:30pm - 11pmDavid GeraldVisit Website
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Noon - 1:30pmBeaucoup Bottom BandVisit Website
2:00pm - 3:30pmJohn Joseph ShanahanVisit Website
4:00pm - 5:30pmEskimo BrothersVisit Website
6:30pm - 8:00pmWhiskey DixonVisit Website
8:30pm - 10:00pmDrew BaldridgeVisit Website
Sunday, June 11, 201710:00am - 11:30amJohn SchlittVisit Website
11:30am - 12:30pmRiker BandVisit Website
1:00pm - 2:30pmMike and JoeVisit Website
3:00pm - 4:30pmHead EastVisit Website



5k Run Across the Dam
Jun 10 all-day

Be a part of this 5k Run Walk across the Carlyle Lake Dam to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.  Each participant will receive a commemorative drawstring bag, t-shirt and finishers medal. Awards will be given following the race.

St. Louis Cardinals mascot Fred Bird will be at the finish line to give each participant a high five and a finishers medal!

Excel Bottling Company

Excel Bottling Company


Timing by Toolen’s Running Start

Sponsored by:
Excel Bottling Co & OPC Mitchell Printing, Centralia.


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