Events

Events

Apr
7
Sat
Toy Tractor and Collector Weekend @ Bishop Hill Steeple Building Museum
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come to Bishop Hill on April 7th and 8th to view a fabulous collection of toy tractors and farm implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands.  The collections will be exhibited on the first floor of the Steeple Building Museum, as well as other collections, such as patent medicine, circus memorabilia, and much more! Local toy tractor collectors Richard Carlson and Lloyd Anderson will be returning this year. All these treasures from individuals’ private collections will be on display for just one weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. See unique artifacts that you may never be able to view again! These displayed items are not for sale.

Apr
8
Sun
Toy Tractor and Collector Weekend @ Bishop Hill Steeple Building Museum
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come to Bishop Hill on April 7th and 8th to view a fabulous collection of toy tractors and farm implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands.  The collections will be exhibited on the first floor of the Steeple Building Museum, as well as other collections, such as patent medicine, circus memorabilia, and much more! Local toy tractor collectors Richard Carlson and Lloyd Anderson will be returning this year. All these treasures from individuals’ private collections will be on display for just one weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. See unique artifacts that you may never be able to view again! These displayed items are not for sale.

Apr
21
Sat
Geneseo State Street Spring Open House
Apr 21 all-day

Geneseo State Street Spring Open House

The first signs of spring have arrived — the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the Geneseo State Street Spring Open House is coming April 21st.

The historic shopping and art district in downtown Geneseo is the place to find unique gifts in more than 17 storefronts amidst tree-lined State Street. Specialty retailers offer home décor, apparel, jewelry and lots of art. Stores, galleries and restaurants will offer a variety of demonstrations, how-to seminars, discounts and giveaways. You’ll encounter poets, soloists and painters along the art walk from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit one of the many dining choices for breakfast and lunch, and check out the microbreweries for an afternoon delight!

Apr
27
Fri
Valborg Spring Bonfire @ VASA National Archives Museum
Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Valborg Spring Bonfire @ VASA National Archives Museum | Bishop Hill | Illinois | United States

Bring the family and “burn away the old to welcome the new” while you experience a traditional Swedish bonfire.  Join in the ancient Swedish tradition with the locals. Songs will be sung and stories told.  Roast wieners, sip hot chocolate and bring a dish to pass.

Apr
28
Sat
Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo @ Bishop Hill Colony School
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stomp or scamper in historic Bishop Hill!

Family fun for all ages! Enjoy the quiet streets and pastoral countryside of this historic village. Each year over 150 runners of all ages enjoys this tradition of family fun, running through historic Bishop Hill, IL during the annual 5K run/walk.  Runners vie for the coveted hand carved wooden boot trophy, symbolic of the Swedish Stomp.  Open to all ages, 7 to 107.  The Skamperoo begins at 9 am.

 

May
5
Sat
Ryan’s Round Barn Tour @ Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ryan's Round Barn Tour @ Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area | Kewanee | Illinois | United States

Round the barn!

See history through an unmatched and rewarding experience. The barn is a recognizable symbol of Henry County’s rich agricultural heritage. Nestled on a knoll near the entrance of the 1,361-acre Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, The round barn was the brainstorm and pet project of a turn-of-the-century Chicago brain surgeon named Lawrence P. Ryan. The industrious doctor deviated from the standard square barn design that dotted the countryside and built a round barn. Ryan’s barn is a three-level, domed-ceiling structure built on a slope so that the first and second floors are easily accessible from the outside at ground level. Built by carpenters who specialized in round barn construction, it measures 80 feet tall and 85 feet in diameter. The barn features a 16-foot diameter floor-to-ceiling silo.

One of only 42 Illinois round barns in existence. Thanks to a dedicated group of concerned people, a unique piece of America’s agrarian past has been preserved for posterity. Ryan’s Round Barn is operated and maintained by The Friends of Johnson’s Park Foundation. Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to reserve your time.

May
12
Sat
Thrifty on 150
May 12 all-day
Thrifty on 150

Thrifty Cruisers Wanted on Hwy. 150

Thrifty and adventurous souls will cruise Highway 150 for finds along the Henry County countryside.  Treat Mom to the sights and sounds of along Hwy. 150 beginning at Route 6 in Coal Valley to Galesburg. It’s a day to shop for deals at the many antique, plant, and yard sales. Make a stop in Alpha to visit the car show and the plant sale at Gazebo Park.

Kewanee Farmer’s Market @ Berrien Park
May 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kewanee Farmers Market Local Produce and MORE!

Kewanee Farmers Market is held every Wednesday, and Saturday at Berrien Park at the corner of Tremont and third street downtown Kewanee. Stop by the market  and shop the freshest and tastiest locally grown produce. The produce is the spice of life and so are the vendors!

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May
16
Wed
Kewanee Farmer’s Market @ Berrien Park
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kewanee Farmers Market Local Produce and MORE!

Kewanee Farmers Market is held every Wednesday, and Saturday at Berrien Park at the corner of Tremont and third street downtown Kewanee. Stop by the market  and shop the freshest and tastiest locally grown produce. The produce is the spice of life and so are the vendors!

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May
18
Fri
Bishop Hill Quilt Show @ Bishop Hill Colony School
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bishop Hill Quilt Show @ Bishop Hill Colony School | Bishop Hill | Illinois | United States

Head to Bishop Hill, IL for the Prairie Queen Quilt show, Cats, Calico & Cross Stitch. The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins family members and friends to create something memorable.

This event continues to grow, and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered and judged. The show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and the Steeple Building to see additional quilts on display.10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.

 

May
19
Sat
Kewanee Farmer’s Market @ Berrien Park
May 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kewanee Farmers Market Local Produce and MORE!

Kewanee Farmers Market is held every Wednesday, and Saturday at Berrien Park at the corner of Tremont and third street downtown Kewanee. Stop by the market  and shop the freshest and tastiest locally grown produce. The produce is the spice of life and so are the vendors!

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Bishop Hill Quilt Show @ Bishop Hill Colony School
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bishop Hill Quilt Show @ Bishop Hill Colony School | Bishop Hill | Illinois | United States

Head to Bishop Hill, IL for the Prairie Queen Quilt show, Cats, Calico & Cross Stitch. The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins family members and friends to create something memorable.

This event continues to grow, and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered and judged. The show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and the Steeple Building to see additional quilts on display.10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.

 

Ryan’s Round Barn Tour @ Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ryan's Round Barn Tour @ Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area | Kewanee | Illinois | United States

Round the barn!

See history through an unmatched and rewarding experience. The barn is a recognizable symbol of Henry County’s rich agricultural heritage. Nestled on a knoll near the entrance of the 1,361-acre Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, The round barn was the brainstorm and pet project of a turn-of-the-century Chicago brain surgeon named Lawrence P. Ryan. The industrious doctor deviated from the standard square barn design that dotted the countryside and built a round barn. Ryan’s barn is a three-level, domed-ceiling structure built on a slope so that the first and second floors are easily accessible from the outside at ground level. Built by carpenters who specialized in round barn construction, it measures 80 feet tall and 85 feet in diameter. The barn features a 16-foot diameter floor-to-ceiling silo.

One of only 42 Illinois round barns in existence. Thanks to a dedicated group of concerned people, a unique piece of America’s agrarian past has been preserved for posterity. Ryan’s Round Barn is operated and maintained by The Friends of Johnson’s Park Foundation. Groups of ten or more, please call ahead to reserve your time.

May
20
Sun
Bishop Hill Quilt Show @ Bishop Hill Colony School
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bishop Hill Quilt Show @ Bishop Hill Colony School | Bishop Hill | Illinois | United States

Head to Bishop Hill, IL for the Prairie Queen Quilt show, Cats, Calico & Cross Stitch. The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins family members and friends to create something memorable.

This event continues to grow, and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered and judged. The show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and the Steeple Building to see additional quilts on display.10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.

 

May
23
Wed
Kewanee Farmer’s Market @ Berrien Park
May 23 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kewanee Farmers Market Local Produce and MORE!

Kewanee Farmers Market is held every Wednesday, and Saturday at Berrien Park at the corner of Tremont and third street downtown Kewanee. Stop by the market  and shop the freshest and tastiest locally grown produce. The produce is the spice of life and so are the vendors!

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May
26
Sat
Bishop Hill Civil War Day @ Bishop Hill Village Park
May 26 all-day

Spend a day strolling through a Civil War encampment all day in the village park.

Meet General John “Black Jack” Logan, watch two skirmishes, and enjoy artillery and medical demonstrations.

End the day with a concert by Civil War troubadour Dan Haughey and The Drummer Boy of Shiloh performed by Barry Cloyd.

 

Kewanee Farmer’s Market @ Berrien Park
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kewanee Farmers Market Local Produce and MORE!

Kewanee Farmers Market is held every Wednesday, and Saturday at Berrien Park at the corner of Tremont and third street downtown Kewanee. Stop by the market  and shop the freshest and tastiest locally grown produce. The produce is the spice of life and so are the vendors!

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May
30
Wed
Kewanee Farmer’s Market @ Berrien Park
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kewanee Farmers Market Local Produce and MORE!

Kewanee Farmers Market is held every Wednesday, and Saturday at Berrien Park at the corner of Tremont and third street downtown Kewanee. Stop by the market  and shop the freshest and tastiest locally grown produce. The produce is the spice of life and so are the vendors!

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Jun
2
Sat
More Fun on 81
Jun 2 all-day

Celebrate our Illinois Bicentennial!

This fun family festival has been chosen as an officially endorsed event of the Illinois Bicentennial by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

More Fun on 81

Illinois Route 81 begins just one mile west of Lynn Center at the junction of US Route 150, and ends 26 miles east at Kewanee after passing through Andover and Cambridge.  It’s one of two county highways that start and stop in the same county. Start your cruise from either end and travel the Henry County back roads. Enjoy the drive!

More Fun on 81 Andover ILOn Saturday, the village of Andover is the setting for family fun including games for all ages including a scavenger hunt along with an antique lawn and farm tractor show with displays.  Travel the self-guided barn quilt tour and visit the Jenny Lind Chapel and Andover Historical Museum.  Grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors from which to choose.  Artisans and craft vendors will be featured throughout the grounds.  An old-fashioned community supper and ice cream social will be provided for a fee.  The Orion Community Band will perform, and there will be a drawing for Cubs/Cardinals tickets.  A very special event will be part of this year’s festival –  a Bicentennial pageant of actors portraying famous persons from Illinois, Henry County, and Andover.   Two of western Illinois and eastern Iowa’s top amateur photographers, husband and wife team Woody Perkins and Joyce Paustian, will display their award-winning photos.

On Sunday, Lake Andover is the setting for breakfast at 7am, a Sunday community Andover and Cambridge worship service at 9am and the 10:30am salute to veterans. Antique and farm tractor show will be open for viewing west of the park from 8am to 4pm, don’t forget the self guided barn quilt tour dawn to dusk. Cruise on over to Andover for the final day of More Fun on 81!

Kewanee offers a plethora of self-guided activities including the History in the Paint Wall Mural Tour. Brochures are available at Heartfelt or the Amtrak Station. Inside the brochure, find the hidden treasures: each mural contains at least one hidden gem painted in the mural by the artist. Geocache Kewanee is also a fun event to do with the kids! Visit for the day to dine and shop Kewanee.

Cruise along this June 2nd and 3rd to enjoy More Fun on 81!

Annawan Fun Days @ Howe's Park
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Annawan Fun Days offer vintage flair and friendly faces!

Fun Day #1

Saturday, Howe’s Park once again is the place to be for the Annual Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. Gather the kids and head outdoors to the nature wonderland and enjoy Giant Goose Youth Day. Celebrating agriculture, the Future Farmer’s Alumni hosts the Hog Roast dinner. Kick off your sandals and dance the night away listening to regional musicians while enjoying some summer brew. Fireworks fly and boom at dusk.

Fun Day #2

Annawan IL Rolle Bolle Put your running shoes on and participate in the Carol M. Guthrie Memorial Run/Walk, where you will be greeted with a hand or knuckle wave of hello. Pre-registered participants will receive T-Shirt. Have breakfast and peruse the craft show featured at Sacred Heart Hall. Basketball enthusiasts attend or watch the three on three tournaments, learn what Rolle Bolle is during the annual competition at Howe’s Park. Head back downtown for the kid’s fun park, food, car show and antique tractor display. The Fun Day Parade is a must-see!

 

FinAnnawan Fun Day Pie Auction ish off the day at the Annawan-Alba Woman’s Club Annual Pie Auction at Howe’s Park. Enjoy a slice of pie, and purchase a pie or two to take home with you from the annual auction. Travel the back roads to Annawan, IL and partake in a rural American tradition with spirit!