Whether attending a special event, or just making the journey up without a special occasion, you are in for a treat. Bald Knob Mountain is the second highest point in Southern Illinois and offers wonderful views, particularly in the fall.
The Bald Knob Cross of Peace has a Facility Use Request form that must be submitted with appropriate payment if you wish to utilize our facilities for an event which is large, formal, advertised, or requires equipment set-up, etc.
Cash contributions and the fair market value of contributions-in-kind to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace are tax deductible, pursuant to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provisions.
Small, informal gatherings that do not require reserved space or set up are free to utilize the grounds at will with no previous approval during regular hours.
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2-4 pm – Christmas at the Cross
You are invited to enjoy an afternoon of music, fellowship and light refreshments in celebration of the Christmas season. The Smoky Hollow String Band — Joanne Long and Kevin Haldeman, fiddles; Shawn Duncan, banjo; Larry Lipe and Tony Fontana, guitars; Madison Haldeman, ukulele; and Dave Pritchett, percussion — will play Christmas carols and traditional fiddle and banjo tunes.
Sunday, April 1, 2018 – Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Each year, hundreds of people make the trek to the top of Bald Knob mountain to usher in the dawn with a service of worship and praise, celebrating Easter morning. Complete with bagpipes, music and a brief message, worshipers bring lawn chairs, blankets and a spirit of expectation as they celebrate together the dawning of Easter.
Sponsored by the Christian Motorcycle Association, motorcycle riders are encouraged to bring their bikes to the cross as the official kickoff of the spring and summer riding season. CMA Prayer Leaders provide brief personal blessings, and the event is made complete with great food, music and a spirit of camaradie. The blessing occurs in late April or early May, and literally thousands of motorcycles and riders cover the top of Bald Knob mountain. The event is often held in conjunction with other local events targeting motorcycle enthusiasts. Order your Blessing of the Bikes T-Shirt here.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Blessing of the Cars
Come on out for an hour or enjoy a whole day of fellowship and beautiful scenery at Bald Knob Cross in Alto Pass. This event is free and there are no entry fees. T-shirts and food will be available for sale. Free Event Decals to first 150 cars. Live music from the band Stronghold.
This event was started by a few groups of Car Show enthusiasts from southern Illinois (from Murphysboro to Marion to Golconda). This is very much a family-style event, and it is in many ways a small car show at Bald Knob Cross of Peace. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes by 3:00 p.m. Drivers and passengers will drive their vehicle to the circle drive at the Cross for a blessing while in their car. Then they will drive their car onto the hill and park among the other cars. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and pop-up canopies for protection from the sun.
Automobiles of all eras are welcome at this event: antique; collector’s cars; show cars; convertibles; your special vehicle; all are welcome.