“Fall – ing” into Autumn in Marshall, Illinois

The leaves are falling; the wind whistles through the trees as the temperature slowly drops. The night sky harkens thoughts of ghosts and goblins as the days grow shorter and shorter. Yes! Fall is here and so are Fall Events. We are thinking about pumpkin spice… everything: hot apple cider, Friday night lights, and all the fun things we will do for Halloween. But before we think about what costumes we will wear and what events we will attend, we have to get through the early part of the month and think about other things October is bringing to our little town of Marshall, Illinois.


Reading can add to great Fall events. Get your second grader that Library card.

Once again, the Marshall Public Library comes through with something great for our little students. They invite all Marshall 2nd Grade students to the library and proclaim…

“I Can Read!”

Why yes, you can, dear second grader. If you have a student in the 2nd grade, bring them to the library between October 1 and October 31.

When they arrive, they will:


  • Be asked to read a small portion of a book aloud.
  • Get to choose a free book to take home.
  • Be given a lightweight backpack filled with library goodies – isn’t that awesome?
  • Have their photo taken, which will be displayed at school and the library.
  • Get one “Roaring Readers” pizza coupon for some fantastic Lion’s Den pizza.

If they still need a library card, the library will set them up with that. There’s nothing like your first library card. So exciting! If they already have a library card, no worries; they will still be a part of the fun and get all the goodies listed when they complete the program.



The Heck with Spring Cleaning, Marshall is All About Fall Cleaning.


October is the month for our City Wide Cleanup. Bring all your unwanted junk to 1401 Archer Ave. Dates for regular debris are October 9 – 13 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and October 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. (no yard brush, medical waste, butane, freon or propane tanks, concrete, hazardous waste, or paint). Tires and intact electronic devices can be tossed from October 9 through 14.

Residents only, please!


Something for Our Senior Citizens

The Life Center of Clark & Cumberland Counties is opening a new location inside Harlan Hall at 603 Locust Street, Marshall, Illinois. Twon Smith will be on hand on Wednesday, October 11, from 1-3 p.m., with an official Ribbon Cutting at 2 p.m. Smith, Service Information Specialist, will explain all the services available to our Seniors at this new office and answer your questions. Enjoy a little fellowship and some light refreshments, and see what the Life Center offers you or your senior family member.



Get Your Bean On.


On October 14, join the Clark County Historical Museum Society members for their delicious annual Bean Dinner. This is a great annual event and includes your ham and bean dinner, including dessert, followed by museum tours. The time for the event is from 11 am to 1 pm. The Historical Museum is located at 502 South 4th Street, Marshall, Illinois. This event is open to everyone, whether you are a Marshall citizen or a visitor.



Peter Piper Picked a Peck of… Pumpkins?


If you haven’t gotten your pumpkin yet, what are you waiting for? It has been a good year for pumpkins, and there are plenty of them to purchase at the Southfork Homestead Pumpkin Farm located at 3000 N 1200th Street, Paris, IL. Even if they aren’t right in Marshall, it’s worth a little trip over because they boast that they are the place to pick your perfect pumpkin! They have a huge selection of pumpkins ripe for the carving. Get any of their huge pumpkins for only $8 each.

Carving the pumpkin is a great tradition and fun for the whole family. Get creative and carving. You want to be the only one on the block with a cool, lit-up pumpkin on the porch.


Whatever events you choose to do to get into the Fall season, be it ham and beans, carving pumpkins, pumpkin spiced lattes at one of Marshall’s great coffee shops, or munching on delightful fall-flavored baked goods, enjoy all that Marshall has to offer as we head into one of the best parts of the year.