Events

Events

Jun
19
Tue
Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairground
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – Jun 24 @ 9:00 pm
Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairground | Cambridge | Illinois | United States

Family Fun for Everyone!

Enjoy a weeklong county summer fair showcasing Henry County’s premier agricultural talent. Horses, cattle, arts, garden, and home- grown produce on are display and judged.  Watch the tractor pull and demolition derby.  Food and carnival rides for all to enjoy.

Jun
23
Sat
Midsommar Music Festival @ Bishop Hill
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Harness nature’s magic and ensure a bountiful summer . . . join in the Midsommar Celebration, Bishop Hill!

Midsommar a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate light and warmth of the summer solstice with music and dancing. A  diverse line-up of musical performers are in store for this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., help decorate the Maypole with flowers and greenery in Village Park. Join the Maypole procession lead by Ernie Sandquist from the park to the Bishop Hill Colony School.  Ring dance around the Maypole to the sounds of the accordion playing Swedish tunes.  Enjoy refreshments provided by the VASA Lodge.

Shake a leg at the ol’ fashion barn dance!

Stay for the evening and  dance the night away at the Colony School called by Ms. Gail Hintze.  The Rusty Pickup String Band will play the tunes, beginning at 7 pm.  Admission to the dance is $5 per person.

Jun
30
Sat
Hooppole Fun Day @ Hooppole City Park
Jun 30 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Hooppole Fun Day @ Hooppole City Park  | Hooppole | Illinois | United States

Hooppole Fun Day is for Everyone!

Hooppole Fun Day where every kid walks away a winner and with memories to cherish!  A vibrant kid-friendly community event!  Experience the parade of family floats, antique tractors, and bands.  Try your luck at the annual frog/toad (bring your own) jumping contest, penny scramble, diaper derby, and more!  25cent ol’ fashioned kids’ games. Fireworks at dusk.

10 a.m. Parade

11 a.m. Old Fashion Cake Walk and the 0-4 Penny Scramble

11:15 a.m. Paper Plate Toss (ages 5-13)

11:30 p.m. Frog Jumping/Toad Race (Bring your own)

Noon Diaper Derby and Foot Races (ages 0-4), Corn Hole Tournament, Bingo, Kids Pedal Pull

1:00 p.m. Rolle Bolle

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Carnival Games

3:30 p.m. Charge for Change (ages 5-13)

4:00 p.m. Lil Mr. & Miss Hooppole Awards

6:00 p.m. Potluck Supper, bring a dish to pass everything else is provided

7:00 p.m. Pie Auction

8:00 p.m. to Midnight Dance and enjoy the fireworks!

Aug
24
Fri
Atkinson Heritage Days
Aug 24 – Aug 25 all-day
Atkinson Heritage Days @ Atkinson | Illinois | United States

Our heritage is for everyone! A Belgian village celebration is a recipe for family fun. An introduction to the younger generation of everything Belgian. Friday evening enjoy a community gathering of supper and stay for Little Miss Flame Pageant. As dusk falls a “Movie in the Park” ends the Friday, family fun evening.

Saturday make plans to try your hand in a Belgian game called Rolle Bolle (a combination of bowling and horseshoe). Visit “Little Belgium” and taste “hutseput” ( a dish with ham, cabbage, carrots, nd potatoes) and Belgian “goodies”.  Take part in the activities held throughout the day.  Saturday kicks off with the Forever Young Run 5K/1 Mile,  fireman’s parade, bean bag tournament,  Atkinson Graffiti car show and more! Sky divers arrive to spark the evening firework display. Dance in the streets until midnight. Join in discovering our heritage this weekend.

Aug
31
Fri
Orion Fall Festival
Aug 31 @ 8:00 am – Sep 2 @ 9:00 pm
Orion Fall Festival @ Orion | Illinois | United States

Orion Fall Festival is a perfect ending to the summer.

Orion celebrates Labor Day weekend with a long standing tradition held in Central Park.  Friday evening begins with a pie auction, carnival rides, and arts and crafts.  The pie auction is legendary and encapsulates the best of small-town, Midwesterner living.  The fun continues Saturday with a 5K run, a parade, and lots of food and fun.  Events wrap up Sunday with a comedy act and street dances.

Orion Fall Festival

The Orion Fall Festival is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.  Together with community organizations and volunteers, it sponsors the Orion Fall Festival every Labor Day Weekend.

Funds raised from festival activities are returned to the community which is comprised of the Orion Community Unit School District, which includes the cities of Orion, Osco, Andover and Lynn Center and their surrounding communities.  The funds serve community needs such as fire and ambulance equipment, park improvements, playground equipment, and medical needs of individuals without adequate insurance.  Since 1972, total disbursements to the community have totaled almost $725,000.

Dec
2
Sun
Windmont Park Light Festival @ Windmont Park
Dec 2 – Dec 30 all-day
Windmont Park Light Festival @ Windmont Park | Kewanee | Illinois | United States

Windmont Park Light Festival – Celebrate the Season

Windmont Park Light Festival is a magical wonderland. View vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season in Kewanee.  Sunday, December 2, Santa arrives in the parade and signals the opening of the season with a fireworks display. The viewing season continues through New Year’s Day.

Take a leisurely drive through Northeast Park and enjoy the lighted displays from the warmth of your vehicle.