Since 1965, the annual Hardin County Fluorspar Festival has been held in the fall in Rosiclare to celebrate the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Industry.

Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Rosiclare, once known as the "Fluorspar Capital of the World," has a colorful history that revolved around this mineral, which is also the State Mineral of Illinois.

Each year, the festival highlights and brings back memories of days gone by.

This year's schedule:

• Thursday, Oct. 3: Miss Fluorspar pageant, 7 p.m., at the high school commons area, located on Ill. 146 in Elizabethtown

• Friday, Oct. 4: children's games, 4 p.m.; pet parade, 5:30 p.m.; and golf cart and bicycle show, 6:30 p.m.; and Fluorspar 5K Glow Walk/Run, registration at 7:30 p.m., walk begins at 8 p.m. at Rosiclare City Park

• Saturday, Oct. 5: carnival; vendors; annual car and motorcycle show at Rosiclare City Park riverfront, 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; parade, 2 p.m.; and fireworks at dusk

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