About Us

West Frankfort, Illinois celebrates the coal mining industry every year during the second weekend of May.       

The festival first began in 1941.       ​

This longstanding tradition includes the crowing of Old King Coal, Princess Flame and her court, a coal miner's memorial service, job fair, parade, and a downtown festival filled with food, rides, games, vendors, and free nightly entertainment on the main stage.       ​

The Old King Coal Festival is a family friendly environment. 

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy West Frankfort's hospitality.


Old King Coal Festival West Frankfort, IL, United States      

Phone: 618 923-2623 

Steve Sawalich, President    

Phone: 618 923-0797 

Sharon Ossig - Coal Miner's Memorial Park & Parade   

Phone: 618 937-1898

Marcia Raubach - Advertising and Sponsors    

Phone: 618 923-2728 

Tracy Craig - Vendors    


Theresa Renik & Julie Campbell 

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