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Annawan Canal Ambush Mini Tri-Atholon and 5K
Experience the stunning Hennepin Canal on a beautiful autumn day. Run on the multi-purpose trail, bike along Patriot Way and paddle down the Hennepin canal to victory! Single and duo entries are encouraged. Location is Hennepin Canal Bridge, Rte. 78 ~ North of Annawan, IL
Annawan Fun Days
It’s all about the kids! Festivities are held at Howe’s Park and feature kid friendly activities like an obstacle course, pedal tractor pull, water fights, and the Twinkie train! Evenings offer a movie, food, nightly entertainment, and fireworks – first of the season in Henry County! After the Sunday parade, have a slice of pie or buy one to take home from the annual auction.
When you’re in the market for comfort foods in Annawan, the Purple Onion is your spot. The homemade pies are a must-order item.
Best Western Annawan Inn and Banquet Center
Conveniently located off of Interstate 80, Exit 33 with a friendly and personable management team. The facility offers 62 spacious rooms with a refrigerator, microwave and 25" television in every room. Select from a standard king, standard double, handicap accessible and extended stay rooms. Complimentary hot continental breakfast and free wireless Internet access. The Banquet Center has seating capacity for 450 people. It also has the ability to host three-break out rooms seating 75 each and hotel offers 1 meeting room seating 45. A Banquet Center adjoins hotel with for groups 400 maximum seating. Catering available.
Atkinson Historical Society Museum
This historical society museum has diplays and entertaining stories about the people and history of Atkinson, the Hennepin Canal, Rolle Bolle and Henry County.
Atkinson Motorsports Park (Gob Hill)
Looking for an adrenaline rush in Henry County? Experience the thrill of the Hill! Filled with 200 acres of unrestricted trails, undiscovered timber, rugged hills, steep valleys and lakes. Gob Hill is a motorsport enthusiast's dream. More conservative riders can enjoy over four miles of perimeter road riding, with beautiful Midwestern vistas. Gob Hill is also home to a children’s dirt track perfect for knee-high dirt trackers. There is also a motocross track.
Atkinson Motorsport Campground
Enjoy your stay at the state of the art campground. There are 28 sites that will easily accommodate a 40' motor-home and then some! All sites have electricity and water, while some have sewer. A dump station is at the east end of the campground. There are 6 total shower houses also available: Each room has a shower, toilet, sink and hooks to hang your towel. Enjoy your evenings with a fire in the public use area. This is a great place for getting to know your neighbors and sharing stories about your day of riding and fun!
Atkinson Heritage Day
Our heritage is for everyone! A celebration of small town life featuring a fun filled family event that brings us all back in time for a moment to understand our heritage, enjoy the company of others and an opportunity to meet new friends. Activities include 5K/1K mile race, softball and Rolle Bolle Tournaments, children’s games, evening music entertainment. Join in on the meat & soup cook-off featuring, “Hutsepot” a (Belgian Dish). Craft and Food Vendors featured throughout the park and enjoy the Duck Derby at the Village Fountain. Activities begin at 8 am.
Grand Illinois Trail
The Grand Illinois Trail (GIT) is a 535-mile loop trail in northern Illinois. It goes from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi along the northern border of Illinois and then loops back across the state along the Illinois River and the Hennepin Canal. 200 miles of the route is on paved township and county roads while the rest is on limestone trails or paths. Hennepin Canal Communities - Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo and Colona.
Down home service features home baked bread and rolls, home cooked soups and entrees. Specials are served daily. “The Nest” is a specialty; ask about it! Breakfast served all day on Saturday.
Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
The Hennepin Canal State Park, a 104-mile linear park, is a rustic, historic, educational, and recreational jewel spanning five counties and includes the entire width of Henry County with access points in Annawan, Atkinson, Geneseo, and Colona. It offers an up-close look at a fascinating piece of transportation history. It is popular with bicyclists who ride from town to town exploring the history, dining, lodging, and entertainment possibilities as they travel. The canal multi-purpose recreational trail is a portion of the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800-mile coast-to-coast trail devoted to non-motorized use. It is also part of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 535-mile loop through northern Illinois. The tree-lined park is a refuge with prairie restorations and wetlands slicing through corn and soybean farmland. Home to diverse flora and fauna, it has become a favorite for bird watchers and prairie enthusiasts. It offers numerous year-round opportunities to boat, hike, bike, fish, ride horseback, snowmobile, ice skate, and cross-country ski. Explore Henry County’s jewel – the Hennepin Canal. In wintertime experience the longest snowmobile trail in the state -- 91 miles on the tow path. You can use the ice at your own risk, but pay heed to the locks, bridges and culverts where the ice likely is thinner than the rest of the canal. Bring your blades, skating along the canal is free! Keep in mind the rule is there must be 4" of snow and 6" of frost on canal for route to be open. Call the Visitor Center for automated message.
Henry County Historical Museum
This museum's detailed exhibits include a one-room schoolhouse, doctor's and dentist's offices, the war room, restored ag implements, machinery, an authentic windmill and a hog house.
Friendly tavern serving food made on site. Decorated with historic sports memorabilia from local Bishop Hill teams.
Bishop Hill Arts Council
Return to the serenity of an earlier time with a visit to this restored Swedish village. See traditional craftsmen at work, explore our museums, visit our numerous and unique shops and dine in one of our Swedish-American restaurants.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
Bishop Hill Colony Store
Experience an old time mercantile with shelves brimming with Swedish gourment foods, confections and souvenirs.
Sweet Annie's Open House and Home Tour
Explore this original Colony structure that once served as a communal residence for families of Bishop Hill. See how it has been transformed into a wonderful backdrop for primitive antiques and handcrafted wares displayed throughout this stately home. You will find Primitive Cupboards, Folk Art, Early Country in old paint & original surface, Garden Accents, Textiles, Pottery, Quilts, Yellowware, Treenware, Baskets. Open 10 am to 4 pm.
Old Settlers Swedish Stomp and Skamperoo
Begins at 9 am, Skamperoo starts at 10 am. Over 150 runners each year of all ages enjoy this tradition of family fun running through historic Bishop hill, during the annual 5K run/walk. Runners vie for the coveted hand carved wooden boot trophy, symbolic of the Swedish Stomp. Open to all ages 7 to 107.
Valborg Spring Bonfire
Bring the family and “burn away the old to welcome the new” experience a traditional Swedish bonfire. In Sweden the bonfire, speech and song signal hope in the future. Make this old tradition your own. The Bonfire is held at the Vasa Archives museum. Begins at 6 pm.
Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit
The spirit of giving each year is renewed by the Bishop Hill, The Filling Station Restaurant who organizes the annual fundraiser to send the Quad Cities area veterans to Washington, D.C. part of the Honor Flight Network. A barbeque rib dinner, that’s finger licking good right off the grill starts the festivities. Patriot Guard and Legion Riders ride into town and kick off the festivities with an invocation and presentation of colors. Patriotic music is provided throughout the event as well as unique military exhibits and a military retreat is held promptly at 1800 hours with a 21 gun salute and taps. A live auction of donated items, including, locally made artisan craft to sports memorabilia and more is the highlight of the day, besides the eating that is. Golf cart shuttle service from outlying parking areas will be provided to Village Park by Cambridge Cart Sales. Area veterans are provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization attend the fundraiser. All proceeds from the day’s events are donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, $60,000 and counting. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage Events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
Country Antique Market, Bishop Hill
Join in the gathering of 60 exceptional proprietors showing and selling their wares on the Colony School lawn. Look and peruse through a vast variety of hard to find specialty collectibles and antiques from early country, primitives, folk art, pottery and textiles. This market is the the place you are longing to explore. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $5
Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association Antique Car Show
Please join us in historic Bishop Hill and spend an automotive fun day in the Village. The park streets are lined with over 100 vintage cars and trucks each year. Bishop Hill’s Volunteer Firemen will be serving a grilled pork chop meal in the Park during the Car Show. Proceeds from this show go to the restoration and preservation of the Bishop Hill Colony School completed in 1861. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.