Events

Events

Aug
31
Thu
Kewanee Hog Days @ Downtown Kewanee
Aug 31 @ 8:00 am – Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm

Join the stampede to Kewanee for Hog Days,  a local hometown favorite. People travel from miles around to enjoy the World’s Largest Outdoor Barbeque serving over 30,000 annually.  Car enthusiasts enjoy the Model T and Model A rally, bicyclists enjoy the 64-mile bicycle ride.  Children enjoy the carnival rides, mom and dad are amused with flea market finds. Enjoy the parade held rain or shine, it’s on of the best in Illinois.   Visit the weekend and make new friends!

 

Sep
16
Sat
Antique Engine & Tractor Show Association Working Farm Show @ Antique Engine Tractor Association Showgrounds
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Farm, History and More!

Experience a fall harvest with mid-1900’s equipment demonstrating daily field farm activities on this 50-acre working show grounds.  The three day show offers agricultural history and how the agricultural life has evolved.  Watch daily demonstrations of wheat and oat threshing, working saw mill, blacksmithing, horse field plowing, corn pickers and sheller’s and more! A weekend full of social activities including daily women’s and children’s events, a Thresherman’s Dinner and a pie auction is just plain family fun! Food is available on grounds.  Free parking.

 

Sep
17
Sun
Antique Engine & Tractor Show Association Working Farm Show @ Antique Engine Tractor Association Showgrounds
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Farm, History and More!

Experience a fall harvest with mid-1900’s equipment demonstrating daily field farm activities on this 50-acre working show grounds.  The three day show offers agricultural history and how the agricultural life has evolved.  Watch daily demonstrations of wheat and oat threshing, working saw mill, blacksmithing, horse field plowing, corn pickers and sheller’s and more! A weekend full of social activities including daily women’s and children’s events, a Thresherman’s Dinner and a pie auction is just plain family fun! Food is available on grounds.  Free parking.

 

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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