So I gotta tell you a little story here of misfortune, misery and life on the road. See folks I travel and run almost as hard as the bands do. I been all over the United States and had all sorts of mishaps. Funny thing was this past weekend I was broke down on I 57 in Illinois on my way to Wisconsin for a different festival, and I was not far from this one here in Effingham Illinois called The Moccasin Creek Music Festival and this year it’s a good one! I’m going to just leave this portion of their website here for you to read, before I give you the how, when and who’s of this one!

Americana. Keep it pure. Keep it simple.

Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 4-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The lake was created in the 1950’s from five creeks that run through the basin. One of those creeks was named Moccasin Creek by a surveyor named Tipsword in the 1850’s, because of moccasin tracks he found on the banks.

The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. The Passalacqua family has a rich musical history, and Bill has three brothers, all of whom are musicians. Each of them have followed in father Larry’s musical footsteps. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues – “Americana” music. This is what MCF is all about – in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.

Food and beverages sold on site. Kids activities. Camping is next door to the festival venue, as well as cabins for rent. There is a beach and golf course within walking distance. Boats, canoes and kayaks for rent. Effingham is only 5 miles away, and has thousands of hotel rooms available, as well as a plethora of restaurants catering to almost any taste. Comb through the website, and check out MCF on Facebook and Twitter. Most answers to your questions can be found here, if not, feel free to contact us. We’re looking forward to the event, and we hope you are too!

Thursday June 21

Time Stage: Artists:

6:00pm The Shady Stage Reverend Robert

7:00pm The Shady Stage Sarah Beatty

8:00pm The Shady Stage Wildflower Conspiracy

9:00pm The Mighty Pines The Mighty Pines


Friday June 22


Time. Stage: Artists:

1:00pm The Shady Stage Steve Clark

2:00pm The Shady Stage Dana Michael Anderson

3:00pm The Shady Stage Paper Moon shiners

4:00pm The Shady Stage Brock Zeman

5:00pm The Shady Stage Rod Picott

•• Dinner Break••

6:00pm The Big Stage CATL

7:00pm The Big Stage David Olney

8:00pm The Big Stage The Steel Wheels

9:00pm The Big Stage The Bottle Rockets


Saturday June 23


Time Stage Artists

11:00am The Shady Stage Mr. Pancake

Noon The Shady Stage Heather And Marty

1:00pm The Shady Stage Charlie Roth

2:00pm The Shady Stage The Tillers

3:00pm The Shady Stage Taylor Steele And The Love Preachers

4:00pm The Shady Stage Old Salt Union

5:30pm The Big Stage Bill Poss

6:00pm The Big Stage Chain Station

7:15pm The Big Stage Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycuters

8:30pm The Big Stage Chicago Farmer

9:30pm The Big Stage Billy Strings

10:45pm The Big Stage Greg Klyma Band


Sunday June 24


Time Stage Artist


11:00am The Shady Stage The Greyhounds

Noon The Shady Stage LP And The Honeybee

1:00pm The Shady Stage Chuck hawthorne

2:00pm The Shady Stage Chain Station

3:00pm The Shady Stage Matt poss

4:00pm The Shady Stage Billy Strings

Yes, you read the schedule correctly. You can see Billy play twice.

Now let’s post some more videos I found from this event! There are two stages here the Main Stage, and the Shady Stage. This venue looks to be a very beautiful place, and it’s on my radar for SURE!

Country Inn & Suites in Effingham, our premier sponsor hotel, will be offering a 10% discount to Moccasin Creek Festival attendees on the weekend of the event. Call them and reserve your room today!

(217) 540-5555

Country Inn & Suites will also serve as the hub of the free shuttle service to and from the event. See details below!

LAKE SARA CAMPGROUND website facebook

Directly adjacent to the festival grounds and able to accommodate all your camping needs – tents, campers, as well as fully equipped RV & Coach camp sites complete with water, electric, sewer & cable hook-ups! Click on the links above to view their website and their Facebook page.


Within walking distance of the festival, Anthony Acres Resort provides fully equipped efficiency units on the shore of the lake. Guests will enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Sara as well as easy access to the waterfront. Each unit will provide it’s guests with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. For contact info, click on the icon above to view the Anthony Acres Resort website.


For a complete listing of all hotels in the greater Effingham area, click on the website link above.

LARSON’S LANDING (the festival venue) website facebook

There’s more to the Moccasin Creek Festival venue than just a stage. For example:

Pinky’s Restaurant – just a short walk away from the festival stages, Pinky’s features bar & grill type food, such as burgers, wraps, BBQ, chicken strips and the like. They’ve got a huge deck looking out over the lake too – a great place to enjoy some food and drink!

Boat rentals. Tube rentals. Boat slip rentals on short or long term basis. Outdoor boat storage. A bait house that sells gas to the boaters, stocked with all sorts of beverages and snacks. Do you need a stage to host your own event? Rent yourself some fun. Hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 8pm. (holiday hours may vary) Visit their Facebook page by clicking on the link above!


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Located in Central Illinois where Interstate 57 meets Interstate 70, the City of Effingham has a little something for everyone. With 18 hotels and over 60 restaurants, Effingham provides the very best in service and hospitality and welcomes visitors to come spend a few days exploring what our vibrant city and surrounding communities have to offer.

EFFINGHAM TAXI website (217) 342-3119

If you need a ride, talk to Effingham’s premiere Taxi service!


A shuttle service will be making hourly runs at the top of each hour between the Country Inn & Suites and LaQuinta Inn & Suites and the Moccasin Creek Festival beginning at 2:00PM on Friday and 11:00AM on Saturday, with the last run taking place at midnight on both nights. There will be no shuttle on Sunday.

This service is being provided by FISH, a local Human Services Organization. They’re providing it FREE of charge, but will be accepting donations. Please DONATE! Make it worth their time and effort!

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