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Lifestyle and recreational activities

Oblong celebrates a culture as unique as its name. The Crawford County Fair is held here every summer, featuring demolition derbies, beauty pageants, a gospel show, livestock judging, the famous Rabbit and Pig Scramble and much more. Don’t miss Oblong Fall Follies, home to the largest nighttime parade in Illinois.

Festivities include the Spooktacular Band Fest, costume judging, pumpkin bowling, arts, crafts and delicious food.

Enjoy a Labor Day Weekend full of western entertainment at the Pioneer City Rodeo in nearby Palestine. Fishing, camping and outdoor enthusiasts of all types flock to Crawford County Forest Preserve. Oblong Park, Robinson Pool and Palestine Park are a few other recreation spots in Crawford County.


Incorporated in 1883, the crossroads was originally known as Henpeck, named for the local general store. Residents later settled on the name Oblong, a reference to the rectangular prairie just outside town. Oil and gas were discovered in the Crawford County area as early as 1866, providing economic stability that continues today. The Marathon Refinery in Robinson is a major employer in Crawford County. The legacy of this industry is commemorated by the Illinois Oil Field Museum in Oblong.



Oblong enjoys more than 200 days of sunshine each year. Average high temperatures in July climb to 88 degrees, while January lows drop to around 20. Average annual rainfall is just over 41 inches, and yearly snow accumulation is 13 inches.


Local students are served by Oblong Community Unit School District 4, including a high school and grade school/junior high. Students can continue their educations at nearby Eastern Illinois University, Vincennes University or Lincoln Trail College. Crawford Memorial Hospital in neighboring Robinson is a critical access, acute care facility providing cutting-edge health care to area residents.

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