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Every October once again brings MONSTERCAST to the Front Row Network! We're once again very excited to bring you our personal rankings of the 2nd annual HuluWeen Film Fest. These are 7 horror shorts from up and coming film-makers competing for the top prize of $50,000 toward making their short into a feature film. Which of the shorts tops our list? You'll have to listen to find out!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Sara Baltusevich

Downtown Springfield, Inc.

Sean Burns talks with Nikki Overcash of the Vachel Lindsay Society and Erica Smith of the Top Hat Tellers about this weekend's "Amaranth Apple" Food and Music Festival in downtown Springfield.

Hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc, the festival includes Bedrock 66 Live performances by Matthew Sweet, Chuck Mead, and many others; food and drink provided by several local restaurants; along with poetry, film, and acoustic music on the Lindsay Lounge stage.

downtownspringfield.org/event/amaranthapple/

Photo provided by Cathy Wilhite

Hot air balloons have dotted Illinois skies this summer at various festivals and they'll fly again this weekend over Lincoln.

NPR Illinois' Amanda Vinicky spoke about the tradition with organizer Cathy Wilhite, the President of the Logan County Alliance.

The balloons take flight in Lincoln on Friday and Saturday nights. You can watch, accompanied by a soundtrack from live bands.

Carnival rides, a variety of food and beer, petting zoo, and kite demonstrations take place throughout the day.

Amanda Vinicky

There's a farm town about 50 miles to the west of Springfield, in between Jacksonville and Beardstown, called Arenzville. Only about 400 people live there. It's the sort of place where old men gather at the only restaurant in town every Saturday morning for coffee. The sort of place where many of the last names carved into the tombstones at the local cemetery are the same as the last names a teacher is reading off of the class list when she takes attendance at school each morning.