Since 1972, The Festival of the Little Hills is the Midwest’s Premier Arts and Craft Show. Coordinated by the not-for- profit organization of the same name, Fete Des Petite Cotes is named in honor of the settlement (now known as St. Charles) founded by the French Canadian explorer Louis Blanchette in 1769. Every year in August since 1971, the Festival of the Little Hills has been celebrating the rich history of St. Charles and now showcases more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, craft demonstrations and antiques dealers. More than 50 not-for- profit organizations provide a diverse selection of culinary delights making the Festival of the Little Hills their major annual fundraiser to support their various endeavors. Entertainment and a children’s area known as the “Kids Corner” round out this family oriented Festival.