Top 5 things to do this weekend: Oct. 12-14, 2018

October 11, 2018

Toys for big boys and girls

PROPHETSTOWN – After 32 years, the Coon Creek Men’s Club is dropping its annual Farm Toy Show in favor of a “Last Chance” tractor and equipment show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in Eclipse Square.

Pre-1975 tractors, farm equipment, and Eclipse lawnmowers, made in Prophetstown from 1904 to 1961 will be on display. A short tractor ride around town will be offered.

Admission is free; concessions will be sold. Call 815-499-3531 for more information.

Singing Bird Chautauqua returns

FRANKLIN GROVE – “The Singing Bird Chautauqua: The Forest, the Trees, and the Autumn Leaves” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Franklin Creek Grist Mill & Interpretive Center, 1893 Twist Road, featuring nature walks, mill tours, live hawk presentations, food, music and a visit from President Teddy Roosevelt.

Admission is free. Call 815-456-2718, find it on Facebook or go to franklincreekconservation.org for the complete schedule.

It’s a street party!

DIXON – The West End Fest runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of West First Street, in front of Val’s Place.

Rockford Audio Drive is the headliner; performing after Boom Boom Room, Extinguish the Sun and Shadow of the Sun.

Tickets cost $5. Call 815-288-1171 or find it on Facebook for more information.

Party at John Deere’s house

GRAND DETOUR – John Deere Historic Site’s Fall Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home off state Route 2.

There will be old-fashioned games, covered wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, blacksmith demonstrations, a chance to interact with alpacas and bob for apples, and tours by staff dressed in pioneer-era costumes.

Admission is free. Call 815-652-4551 for more information.

An artful Saturday

• The Corner Gallery Artisans Guild’s autumn show and sale runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 202 Fourth Ave. in Sterling. Expect treats, pumpkin-painting, and the chance to make a glass stone. Call 815-986-8585 or find The Corner Gallery on Facebook for more information.

• The Eagle’s Nest Art Gallery at Oregon Public Library is celebrating 100 years of being home to the historic artists colony collection with an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. at 300 Jefferson St. Interactive performance art, kids activities and hors d’oeuvres are on tap. Call 815-732-2724, go to oregonpubliclibrary.com or find the library on Facebook to learn more.

• A reception for the Pencil and Paint Art Exhibition runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. in Dixon For more, go to thenextpictureshow.org or call 815-285-4924.

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