Rend Lake Water Festival

Benton, IL 62812


At the June 3, 1971 Board of Directors Meeting of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, a report was given by Joe Browning concerning retail, recreation, and industrial promotion of the area. A four day festival in conjunction with the official opening of Rend Lake in 1972 was discussed. A committee of retailers, who became known as the Benton Promotion Association, were led by a Chamber of Commerce steering committee. This included Joe Browning, Robert Taylor, Howard Payne, and Clarence Barton.

Images provided by, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Benton
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner