Big plans are being made for the 2013 New London Park Days. This year's events will return to the Ralls County Courthouse Lawn.

New London Park Days will be a two-day music, food, arts and crafts festival. Attractions include a large scale carnival, top regional live entertainment, Miss New London pageant, Food & Wine Expo, a parade, car cruise, and many family games and activities."

Some of the very best performers in the region are scheduled to appear, including the Jeremiah Johnson Band, The Flood Brothers, Highway 99, Gabe Marshall, Jared Keim, Steppin' Back, Mercer and Johnson, and Mike Moore. There will also be a tribute to Houdini - Mario Manzini, Escape Artist.

For the carnival, ride tickets will be $3, and each ride will only require one ticket. Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available for matinee (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.) and evening (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.) sessions for $20.

June 8 will also be Ralls Co. AgDay at New London City Park, behind the elementary school. The theme is "life is better on the farm," and events such as an antique tractor show, garden tractor pulls and a family style barbecue will take place alongside the Youth Jackpot Show for market animals.

For those 21 and older, the Ralls County Food and Wine Festival will take place on north side of the courthouse lawn.

With specialty food items, culinary events, and musical entertainment, it is sure to be the event of the year. Enjoy wines from around the region paired with delicious local foods, and hear the stories from popular chefs, brewers and winemakers.  All attendees will receive a commemorative souvenir wine glass and tasting tray upon entry and will enjoy tastes served by top area restaurants, wineries, and craft brewing companies. A limited number of tickets will be available. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Ralls County Historical Society."

Several other activities and events are also planned during New London Park Days. Be sure to check their official website and Facebook page for additional information.

New London Park Days is presented by Poage Chevy-Buick. and the Ralls County Food & Wine Festival is sponsored by United Country Ravenscraft & Associates.