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!

May
11
Sat
The History of Baseball @ Bishop Hill Dairy Building
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The History of Baseball @ Bishop Hill Dairy Building

On Saturday, May 11, Dr. Bruce Storey will be doing a free public presentation about the History of Baseball. This program will start at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Building. It is hosted by the BHHA and sponsored by the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau.

Sep
14
Sat
Vintage Farm Equipment Show @ Bridge Park
Sep 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Vintage Farm Equipment Show @ Bridge Park

Supporting and Preserving the Agricultural History of Henry County

Walk around the displays and visit with the owners of vintage farm equipment including horse drawn equipment, hit-miss engines, farm tractors and equipment, lawn and garden tractors, vintage farm trucks, and vintage motorcycles.  Listen to their stories and enjoy the opportunity to see some one of a kind vintage and custom machines.  Also, don’t miss the blacksmithing and horse farrier demonstrations!

A main focus of this show is the Young Collectors Group.  The youth of today will preserve and carry on the traditions of our hobbies and agricultural history.  Ask the young collectors displaying their equipment about their item!

Take a stroll through the display area set aside for friends and families of the hobbyists who have passed away.

On Saturday afternoon, Dan Daw, Civil War historian and living history presenter, will be on the grounds with his display.

Donations will be accepted and given to museums in Henry County dedicated to preserving agricultural history for future generations.

Sep
15
Sun
Vintage Farm Equipment Show @ Bridge Park
Sep 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Vintage Farm Equipment Show @ Bridge Park

Supporting and Preserving the Agricultural History of Henry County

Walk around the displays and visit with the owners of vintage farm equipment including horse drawn equipment, hit-miss engines, farm tractors and equipment, lawn and garden tractors, vintage farm trucks, and vintage motorcycles.  Listen to their stories and enjoy the opportunity to see some one of a kind vintage and custom machines.  Also, don’t miss the blacksmithing and horse farrier demonstrations!

A main focus of this show is the Young Collectors Group.  The youth of today will preserve and carry on the traditions of our hobbies and agricultural history.  Ask the young collectors displaying their equipment about their item!

Take a stroll through the display area set aside for friends and families of the hobbyists who have passed away.

On Saturday afternoon, Dan Daw, Civil War historian and living history presenter, will be on the grounds with his display.

Donations will be accepted and given to museums in Henry County dedicated to preserving agricultural history for future generations.