The Old King Coal Festival offers 3 days of all of the excitement and family fun of a small town festival while it also celebrates the rich history of the coal mining industry in Southern Illinois. Bring your lawn chairs to watch the Grand Parade and enjoy the free live entertainment each day, the crowning of Old King Coal and Princess Flame, and the Coal Miners Memorial Service. One of the top midways in the country will be there to ensure fun for everyone. Try out the exciting food, vendors, games and rides. Check our website for entertainers and the schedule of free concerts. Don’t forget the lawn chairs! Old King Coal is in West Frankfort, just 10 miles south of Rend Lake in beautiful Southern Illinois.