Boat owners can have their watercraft blessed this Saturday at the Springfield Elks Lodge, 409 East Lake Shore Drive.
The Blessing of the Boats will kick off the Memorial Day weekend on Lake Springfield.
To get in line for a Blessing, bring your boat to the lodge lakefront starting at noon. The Blessings, provided by a Catholic priest, will begin at about 1pm.
For fun, you are encouraged to decorate your boats too.
Since it is also National Safe Boating Week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Boat Squadron will provide free boat safety inspections.
In case of rain, the event will be moved to 1 p.m. Monday.