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Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 68th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on August 6-9. The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Don't miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees. Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more. The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over 65 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine. If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival. The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival.
Gardenstock Art & Music Festival
Get ready to rock your heart out with the 7th annual Gardenstock Art and Music Festival benefiting the Sinnissippi Center’s Gardening Program. Bring a chair and cooler or sample scrumptious offerings from local drink and food vendors. Make yourself at home while you listen to bands ranging from folk, to bluegrass, and rock. Wander the art festival grounds and check out the best in local creativity. A nominal donation at the gate gets you in for the day.
Rock Fall Summer Splash
Rock Falls Summer Splash takes place along the riverfront and admission is free. Events include Cruise-in for classic cars and motorcycles, kid’s fun fair, petting zoo, face painting, arts and craft showcase, business showcase, police and fire displays, the Uptown Pub-Crawl, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and a delicious wild game cookout featuring alligator brats, buffalo & elk burgers, pork, chicken, and more Go to the summersplash Facebook page for details.
Ashton Sesquicentennial Celebration
Ashton, Illinois is celebrating 150 years in 2015! They are going big and will celebrate in grand style with four days of music, entertainment, activities for young and old along with food and fun! The village will be full of activity as they celebrate every aspect of Ashton’s rich history and showcasing what Ashton offers today. Go to website for all details
Fly-In or Drive-In and join A&M Airsports and the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce as they host PreOsh Wingfest at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. There will be live music, food, trikes, gliders and airplanes on display and activities for the whole family. The fun begins at 11am.
Amboy Wildlife Marsh Wildlife Santuary Tour - Diverse Habitats
Join the Illinois Audubon Society to enjoy a day at Amboy Wildlife Marsh & Sanctuary. Cost is $10 which includes snacks & water and an optional lunch can be purchased for $6. Learn about the unique habitats that make this sanctuary an absolute jewel which includes wetlands, black oak savannas, sedge meadows and dry sand prairies. Trip will include hiking and plenty of species identification in the field. Purchase lunch or bring your own. Go to website for more information and registration form. All trips are open to members and non-members.