2017 Lights Fantastic Parade Applications

The 27th Annual Lights Fantastic Parade is quickly approaching!

The Lights Fantastic Parade will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:00pm with pre-parade activities starting at 4:30pm

If you are interested in entering a float for the Lights Fantastic Parade, please complete the Registration Form linked below and return it to us.

Lights Fantastic Parade Registration 2017

If you are interested in vending at the 27th Annual Lights Fantastic Parade, please complete the Vendor Application linked below and return it to us.

Lights Fantastic Vendor Application 2017

Carbondale Eclipse Vendor Application

The Total Solar Eclipse is quickly approaching! The events for the eclipse will begin on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:00am and last until Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:00pm
If you are interested in being a part of the entertainment for the Total Solar Eclipse weekend, please email us at info@carbondaleeclipse.com. Your email should include a link to your music, live performances, and your groups Facebook page.

If you are interested in vending at the Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace, please complete the Vendor Application linked below and return it to us. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2017.
Marketplace Vendor Application
For more information on the Eclipse in Carbondale visit www.carbondaleeclipse.com
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace.

1. What are the hours for vendors? Vendors can sell as late as they would like and open as early as they would like, however, you will need to provide your own lighting which may require you to purchase electricity ($125/day for 20amp). Live Entertainment and the beer tent will have set hours of 11am -8pm.
2. Does a vendor have to rent a tent/table/chairs/electricity? These items are all optional if you have a tent bring it if you rather use your generator you may. If you need water you will need to pay for it ($25/day).

3. How do I know my daily fee? Your vendor spot is based upon anticipated daily sales. For example, if you are selling bottled water for $1 each. Do you anticipate to sell 900 water’s on Saturday and Sunday day? Then your daily fee is $100 for those days. On Monday you might want to close early and only sell 190 water bottles then your fee is $50 for that day. In total, your vendor fee would be $250. This is highly base on your own inventory.

Southern Il Regional Eclipse Website is coming

A regional Southern Illinois Eclipse website is currently under construction. The committee working on this new regional website is comprised of Southern Illinois CVB’s and area economic development organizations. It is expected to be unveiled in November of 2016.
The committee includes Carbondale Tourism, Williamson County Tourism, Southernmost Illinois Tourism, Illinoi South, Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, Rend Lake Area Tourism Council and Franklin County Regional Economic Development Corp.
If you would like to have your business, lodging facility, restaurant or event listed on this site, please sign up for your business account here.* This is a complimentary resource for businesses to gain exposure regionally and allow for their eclipse plans to be known. You will need descriptions and photographs to make your listing as effective as possible.

Carbondale Named Most Affordable Destination

Flipkey.com recently published an article naming Carbondale as Illinois’s most affordable vacation rental destination. The Shawnee National Forest and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge were named among the top attractions to see. Click the article below for more affordable destinations throughout the Unites States.

CARBONDALE, ECLIPSE CROSSROADS OF AMERICA

Carbondale is in the path of totality for not one, but two total solar eclipses. The first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979 will reach its point of greatest duration on Aug. 21, 2017, just a few miles south of Carbondale. The next solar eclipse will happen on April 8, 2024. The centerlines of totality for both these eclipses intersect over Carbondale’s Cedar Lake.
For more information on this astronomical event (pun intended!) visit the homepage, Eclipse.siu.edu. Also, Carbondale will be hosting several events leading up to the Eclipse visit CarbondaleEclipse.com . Events are already underway, visit the schedule here.