Francis Park July 4th Celebration @ Francis Park
Jul 4 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Francis Park July 4th Celebration @ Francis Park  | Kewanee | Illinois | United States

Rise and shine, it’s a day at Francis Park.

Start early and attend the pancake breakfast, enjoy a classic tractor drive, and over 100 tractor enthusiasts displaying their pride and joy. Wander through, looking with amazement at the cars, enjoying live entertainment, crafts and food booths, tractors, and engines of all kinds.  Tours are given of “Woodland Palace,” the home of the inventor Fred Francis. Complimentary transportation is provided beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the last bus to leave Francis Park at 3:30.  Off-site parking downtown Kewanee at Tremont and Third streets.

Kewanee firefighters and police officers serve up delicious pancakes and sausage in Francis Park Shelter from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Antique Tractor Drive begins at Burger King in Kewanee and runs along Highway 34 to the park. Vintage tractors headed on the back roads to a day of celebration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Over 100 vintage tractors will be on display during the antique tractor show. Speak with tractor owners about the tractor history and restoration efforts.

Kiddie Tractor Pull begins at 1 p.m. and registration before the event is required

Classic country music will be sung by Delbert Calhoun beginning at 10 a.m.

“Inside Out” will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy the many craft booths, local concession stands, face painting booth and a petting zoo.

Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Bishop Hill Chautauqua @ Bishop Hill | Illinois | United States

Bishop Hill Chautauqua

Bishop Hill Chautauqua will showcase immigration and migration located in the Village Park; this small town tradition is a free family-oriented event.

What is a Chautauqua anyway?  President Teddy Roosevelt once called the Chautauqua “the most uniquely American thing in America.” Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is an exploration of American life and liberty.  Hear the true tales of what shaped us as a nation from the people who lived it. Humor and a deeply personal perspective mean that history has never been this much fun!

Old Settlers’ Day And Colony School Reunion
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm

Celebrate Old Settlers’ Day in Historic Bishop Hill, IL

Celebrate the 171st anniversary of the 1846 founding of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th year of the Old Settlers’ Association.

Bishop Hill Old Settlers Day Parade

Savor a traditional chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the historic Colony School. This delicious meal features chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, slaw, Swedish rye bread, homemade pie, and good strong coffee.  The $10/person cost includes beverage and dessert.  For children under 8 years the cost is $5.

Head to Village Park and enjoy a performance by the Bishop Hill High Society Band. A Bishop Hill Colony descendant will share stories passed from one generation to the next.  Join in a social time at Colony School with Swedish rusks and coffee served.

Event Schedule

11:30  Traditional Chicken Dinner held at the Old Colony School

12:15 Band Performance

1:30 p.m. Colony Descendant Program

Sunday,  September 10

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Former students and teachers of area country schools gather at the Colony school to celebrate their heritage.

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation @ Augustana Lutheran Church
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation @ Augustana Lutheran Church

Join us in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover.  The message will be given by Sister Marilyn Ring, who lives at St. Mary’s Monastery in Rock Island and served for several years as a chaplain at Augustana College.

An ecumenical mass choir will provide music.  Light refreshments will be served following the service.