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71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Held each year over Labor Day weekend, the National Sweetcorn Festival is best known for distributing over 50 tons of free, antique steam engine cooked, sweetcorn each year! Traditional carnival rides and grandstand events are additional highlights throughout the weekend, and the festival is home to the annual National Sweetheart pageant, a highly recognized pageant in which nine former contestant have gone on to become Miss America.
Watseka Farmers Market
This farmers market is located at the First Trust & Savings bank in downtown Watseka. There are approximately fifteen vendors. Most of the vendors sell homegrown fruits and vegetables. There are also craft vendors on site. Held on Saturdays, 7am-Noon, June through September.
Motel 6 - Gilman
38 rooms, pet friendly, handicap accessible.
26 rooms, some with kitchenettes. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Arcade Pancake House
Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, family style.
Charming diner in historic Paxton. Fresh salad bar, appetizers, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Full menu includes chicken dinners, salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, Steak and more. Make sure you save room for a slice of fresh pie. Host your next event at the Tin Pan.Dine-in, carry-out, catering and event hosting. Special catering menu available.
Super 8 Motel - Watseka
42 rooms, large truck parking available. Nice hotel. Meeting room accommodates 50. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Step across the threshold of this lovingly restored, 106 year old building. Throughout the two story shop and its enclosed garden, you’ll find a tasteful and eclectic blend of upscale, contemporary home and garden décor items. Mirrors, lamps, clocks, candles, candleholders, vases, and gorgeous garden iron. You’ll also find trendy fashion jewelry and accessories. The ground floor Wine Corner features fine wines from Illinois vineyards and wine accessories. Sampling takes place every day and wine can be purchased by the glass (or bottle) for sipping while you shop or to enjoy in our beautiful garden. Up the Stairs, you’ll find The Food Corner, filled with a surprising array of Illinois Food products and kitchen gadgets you won’t want to live without. All around you’ll find April Cornell linens, more accessories and décor, a Spa Corner designed to inspire and sooth your mind, body and spirit.
Family restaurant and pancake house.
Country Thyme Tea Room
Victorian tea room. All food made from scratch. Reservations strongly recommended!
Located at the intersection of I-57 and IL Route 9 in Paxton, this 28-unit country inn is known for their extremely clean rooms. Conveniently located next door to a restaurant. Queen, Double, and King suites are available with smoking/non-smoking and pet friendly options.
Pool's Pine Acres
Pick up sweet corn, as well as cut-your-own scotch, red and Austrian pine trees.
Super 8 Motel - Gilman
52 rooms, super start breakfast from 6am-10am, Olympic-size jacuzzi.
Shagbark Golf & Country Club
This challenging nine-hole, par 36 course is noted for its small greens.
Watseka Union Depot
This historic depot is now home to railroad memorabilia displays.
Culbert Flowers & Gifts by Molly
Nursery, gifts, antiques and much more. We had a wide range of unique selections perfect for any occasion.
The Razzano House
Uniquely private, the Razzano House is an architect designed home built by restauranteur and golfing professional Louis Razzano in 1952 to match the elegant period homes in the area. It is now a charming, comfortable guest home.
Onarga Township Cemetery
The cemetery is the eternal home of Timothy Webster, a Civil War spy.
A beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Shows are open to all ages and start at 7pm except on special events. The theatre brings the opportunity of a variety of entertainment arts; from concerts, live music & professional dance troupes to dinner theatre, local talent shows, private events such as weddings, and special holiday productions. This building was designed by the famous Louis Skidmore of "Skidmore, Owens and Merrill." The Watseka Theatre is believed to be the only theatre he ever designed. It's definitely a "Diamond in Our Own Backyard."
TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast
TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast offers country retreat style lodging in a secluded Illinois meadow surrounded by trees and a stream. It is the ideal setting to escape fast-paced everyday living and relax, recharge, and reconnect with each other.
River Front Berry Farm
This roadside spots sells in-season red and black raspberries, strawberries, aspargus, rhubarb, sweet corn, new potatoes, zucchini, acorn squash, apples, pears, garlic, pumpkins, tomatoes, onions and peppers.
This nine-ton cannon, used in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, stands alongside Veterans Parkway in honor of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.
Fey Orr Memorial Mural
This mural honors the late Fey Orr, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. The mural is painted on the Chebanse Grain & Lumber Co. building, and depicts the people and lifestyle of Beaverville.
Iroquois County Historical Society Museum
This old ourthouse museum houses numerous exhibits, as well as collections of natural and cultural objects that reflect the dinstictive characteristics of the county.
Buy cucumbers, gherkins, peppers, pumpkins and other in-season produce.
CITY: Cissna Park
Boudreau Vegetables and Grain
Farm-fresh pumpkins and watermelon are sold here.
71st Annual National Sweetcorn Festival
Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 70 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy. Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.
Market Street General Store
Craft store, country crafts and gourmet foods.
Grand Prarie Families and Farm
The farm offers organic chicken, beef, pork, milk, cheese, bread and herbs.
Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society Headquarters
The Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to preserving historical and educational information about the Illinois Central Railroad and the many predecessor railroads that have been part of the IC system. This headquarters feature a depot, museum and library.
Kankakee South KOA
The Kankakee South KOA offers a quiet get-away-from-it-all retreat that's just an hour south of Chicago. Good restaurants, golf courses, canoe trips and Friday night stock car races are nearby.
Beautifully organized, clean antique shop in downtown Paxton. Specializing in antiques, collectibles and good old-fashioned hospitality. New items daily. Located in the basement, it is a not for profit thrift store where all items are 50 cents.
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area
The area features some of the finest and most extensive prairie-marsh and sand dune vegetation remaining in Illinois. Primarily operated as a permit pheasant hunting area, hiking, picnicking, and snowmobiling opportunities are also available.
The Heartland Spa
Escape to a country estate on a private lake surrounded by acres of wood and miles of farmland. Once a busy dairy farm this award-winning destination spa stays true to its roots by providing a welcoming, unpretentious, and nurturing environment for guests to relax, unplug and focus on their individual lifestyle goals.