Events

Events

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!

Jul
21
Sat
Woodhull Fun Fest @ Woodhull City Park
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Woodhull Fun Fest @ Woodhull City Park  | Woodhull | Illinois | United States

Three A’s –activities for all ages! Three A’s and fun are the perfect recipe for summer fun in rural America. Activities begin at 8:00 am with a 5K race winding through Woodhull and the countryside.  A family-fun run for the soon-to-be 5K runners starts at 9:30am.  The activities at the park feature water fights, a variety of games for the younger children, bingo, and, last not but least, the ALL ages (kids-19, 19-44, and 45 and up) free-throw and three-point contests. Pet the animals, get your face painted and stroll through the antique tractor show.  Enjoy a lunch of pork chops by the AlWood Lions Club, bingo in the park, and an ice cream social sponsored by the churches of Woodhull. At 4:00 serving of a BBQ Rib Dinner will begin on Division Street and family entertainment until 7 p.m.  As dusk falls, put on your dancing shoes for an old-fashioned street dance. It will be fun for all; hope to see you there.

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.

Nov
24
Sat
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 all-day
Small Business Saturday

Celebrate and Support Local Small Businesses

Spend the day in Henry County browsing the unique small businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities.

Shop for the latest in stylish fashion at our boutiques – Entwined in Bishop Hill, Katsch in Geneseo, or Johnson’s Hub in Kewanee.

Looking for home decor, candles, or something to get you in the holiday spirit?  Urban Farmhouse in Geneseo is always loaded with farmhouse style inventory, and Songbird Lane Antiques in Cambridge is a great place to find antiques and primitives.  Shop for traditional or fun & funky decor and accessories, a lot of it handmade by local artisans, at Mosaic Art Market & Studio in Kewanee, Savage Inspirations in Annawan, or My Moon Creations in Geneseo.

Add beauty to your life with a gorgeous floral arrangement from Village Florist Gifts and Antiques in Geneseo, Heartfelt in Kewanee, or Old Mill Gardens in Atkinson.

If you’re into original art, be sure to visit Rutabaga Art or Smith Studio and Gallery in Geneseo or Gallery on Second in Kewanee.

Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at Cerno’s Bar and Grill or The Boiler Room in Kewanee, P.L. Johnson’s in Bishop Hill, or Sweet Peas Grill & Bar in Geneseo.  After you’re done shopping, stop in for a craft beer or glass of wine at Geneseo Brewing Company or Lionstone Brewery & Gastropub in Geneseo or Lavender Crest Winery in Colona.

Spend the day in Henry County and support our small businesses – special people contributing to their communities!