Events

Events

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!

Jun
3
Sun
More Fun on 81
Jun 3 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!

Jun
15
Fri
Geneseo Music Festival @ Geneseo City Park
Jun 15 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Music Melodies Fill the Air!

Geneseo Music Festival is a  fun vibrant weekend in historic downtown Geneseo. Friday evening, the famous Doo-Dah Parade is the leading entry for the family weekend event. Gather in City Park to enjoy the community supper and watch the queen contest.  Saturday, run with dad in the Maple City 4, a 4K race. Roam the farmer’s market and City Park, filled with arts and crafts, antique tractors,  family activities, food, and music! Sunday dine on pancakes, peruse the arts and craft vendors while listening to melodies all day long. You are invited to stay the weekend and enjoy a friendly community with heart!

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Jun
16
Sat
Geneseo Music Festival @ Geneseo City Park
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Music Melodies Fill the Air!

Geneseo Music Festival is a  fun vibrant weekend in historic downtown Geneseo. Friday evening, the famous Doo-Dah Parade is the leading entry for the family weekend event. Gather in City Park to enjoy the community supper and watch the queen contest.  Saturday, run with dad in the Maple City 4, a 4K race. Roam the farmer’s market and City Park, filled with arts and crafts, antique tractors,  family activities, food, and music! Sunday dine on pancakes, peruse the arts and craft vendors while listening to melodies all day long. You are invited to stay the weekend and enjoy a friendly community with heart!

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Jun
17
Sun
Geneseo Music Festival @ Geneseo City Park
Jun 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Music Melodies Fill the Air!

Geneseo Music Festival is a  fun vibrant weekend in historic downtown Geneseo. Friday evening, the famous Doo-Dah Parade is the leading entry for the family weekend event. Gather in City Park to enjoy the community supper and watch the queen contest.  Saturday, run with dad in the Maple City 4, a 4K race. Roam the farmer’s market and City Park, filled with arts and crafts, antique tractors,  family activities, food, and music! Sunday dine on pancakes, peruse the arts and craft vendors while listening to melodies all day long. You are invited to stay the weekend and enjoy a friendly community with heart!

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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.