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Savanna Museum and Cultural Center Indoor Cemetery Tour

Savanna Museum and Cultural Center Indoor Cemetery Tour

Savanna Museum and Cultural Center Indoor Cemetery Tour

“Legacies of Savanna,” an indoor seated cemetery tour, will be given on Saturday, October 22nd at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main Street at 2:00 pm.

First person presenters will portray eight of Savanna’s former citizens.

The honored citizens for the tour will include: Aaron Pierce, founder of Savanna, Captain Stoughton Cooley, steamboat captain, Bothwell Pulford, pharmacist, Simon Greenleaf, editor, Hazel Law, storeowner, Esther Reagan, educator, Mel Jones, businessman, and Robert Kelly, former POW.

Jean Ferris, creator of the event, said, “ I want to honor past citizens from different eras and walks of life. Their stories are important to our history and help us define who and what we are today. The figures will be portrayed with dignity and respect. We will learn about their lives and what legacies they have left us. The event is suitable for all ages.”

Held in the Community Room of the museum, a donation of $8.00 is appreciated.

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest
October 22nd 2016

Mt Carroll’s downtown will once again turn into the pumpkin capitol of NW Illinois on October 22nd during the Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest.  Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, it will offer a variety of family friendly activities to help get you in the spirit of Halloween.  New this year is the Pumpkin Cousin Mini Squash Races and the 5K Zombie Run where runners in ghoulish garb will test their endurance on the hills of Mt Carroll. Mt Carroll eateries will be offering a variety of lunch time specials & the downtown lamp posts will be decorated for the Halloween season.

Spend a fall day in this historic community and stroll the brick streets while checking out the selection of eateries and shopping in unique stores & antique shops.   Go to the Pumpkin Fest FB page for all the details.

EVENTS
8:00 am Farmer’s Market
7:30 am 5K Zombie Run registration opens – race begins at 9am – Ghoulish Garb encouraged!
10 am Decorated Pumpkin Contest opens (judging at 12:30)
10 am Paint A Pumpkin Activity for ages 4-8
10:30 am  Kids Costume Parade kicks off on east side of court house and ends at the Library.  Ages Preschool – 4th grade.
10:30 am Pumpkin Cousin Mini Gourd races for ages 5-10
11 am  Halloween Story & Craft Hour at Library (for ages 4-8)
11 am – 1:30 pm  Pumpkin Sling Shot
11:30 am – 2 pm  Pumpkin Street Bowling in front of Bowling Center
Noon  Spooky Tails Pet Costume Contest
Noon  Pumpkin Jam Youth Music performances
2:00 pm  Kunes Country Great Pumpkin Street Drag Races (registration starts at 12:30 pm)

Mt Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags
Oct 22 – 2 pm

Come to Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest and spend the day enjoying all the activities but make sure you’re downtown at 2:00 PM because the 5th annual GREAT PUMPKIN STREET DRAGS will feature REAL pumpkin race cars battling in a unique side-by-side single elimination races featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Race Cars in a funky and hilarious display of American ingenuity. Entries in each age bracket will battle head-to-head for cash prizes! All races take place in downtown Mt Carroll.  Registration begins at 12:30 and races begin at 2 pm.

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Carroll County Country Christmas Coming to Northwest Illinois!

Carroll County Country Christmas

Carroll County Country Christmas

Welcome to the Carroll County Country Christmas! (Formerly Called Great Route 64/84 Shop Hop). 

Join us here in Carroll County for the first two weekends in November. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping needs! For complete details and a printable brochure of the shops, restaurants, and events CLICK HERE!

Two Carroll County Events Happening Soon!!!

Saturday, August 27th 2016 in Mount Carroll, Illinois
Brick Street Saturday Mount Carroll Illinois

Brick Street Saturday Mount Carroll Illinois

 

Saturday, September 10th 2016 Chadwick Illinois

Chadwick’s Fall Festival

A fun day filled with family-orientated activities.
The day will start at 9:00 am with a tractor drive (pre-registration required, (Call 815-499-2218). Craft/Vendor booths (10:00am – ??)

Lion’s Club Pork Chop Barbecue & Bake Sale (11:00am – 2:00 pm at the fire station)

Various food booths, kids games, bouncy houses, kid’s water fights sponsored by the Chadwick Fire Dept.

Dunk tank, kids pedal tractor pull at 3:00 pm sponsored by the Young Farmers.

Face painting, pick up a duck tank, rope making, corn shelling and making mini hay bale demonstrations, musical entertainment and much more.

Come one, come all to Chadwick’s main street for all the festivities.

 

Pumpkin Fest & Cemetery Tour

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Mount Carroll’s downtown will turn into the pumpkin capital of northwest Illinois on Saturday, October 25, during the Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest.

Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will offer a variety of family-friendly activities which kick off at 8 a.m. with the Farmer’s Market.

Starting at 10 a.m., a variety of food vendors will be on hand offering fall favorites such as caramel apples and an assortment of pumpkin goodies.

Pumpkin artists of all ages are encouraged to enter the pumpkin decorating contest and entries will be on display next to the sidewalk on the courthouse lawn all day.

Participants can register their pumpkin works of art at the Chamber Information Tent starting at 10 a.m. where visitors can also get a ballot to vote for the prize winners, which will be announced at 4 p.m.

Love to dress up your pet? Bring your furry friend to the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. for the ‘Great PUPkin Mutt Strut’ pet costume contest sponsored by the Mount Carroll Veterinary Clinic. All pets in costume are welcome but must remain leashed.

From noon to 4 p.m. the old burning grounds at the bottom of West Market Street becomes a target range for the Pumpkin Sling Shot competition where participants can test their strength and see how far they can shoot pumpkins of various sizes using the 3-person sling shot.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., kid-friendly Halloween stories will be featured at the Mount Carroll Public Library as they host a Halloween Story Hour for children ages 4-8.

The fun continues at 2 p.m. during the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Street Drags sponsored by Kunes Country Auto Group.

Cash prizes are awarded in five different competition brackets where real pumpkins, fashioned into racing machines, speed down Rapp Street next to City Hall.

Pumpkins are mounted on any kind of chassis or have wheels on independent axles and participants are encouraged to be creative because prizes are also awarded for Best Decoration and Most Innovative Design.

Sign-up for the Great Pumpkin races starts at 1 p.m. at the registration table in front of City Hall.

At 2:30 p.m. the Mount Carroll Bowling Center carries the “everything pumpkin” theme even further as they offer their version of pumpkin bowling on the street directly in front of the Bowling Center.

In between enjoying the many activities, visitors are encouraged to stroll around the downtown and check out the decorated lampposts and then stop at the Chamber Information Tent to vote for their favorite, with the winner announced after Oct 31.

All day the Mount Carroll Foundation Pumpkin Family will take up residence in the Chamber tent where for $1 or seven chances for $5 you can enter the contest to guess the total weight of the Pumpkin Family. The winner of the $100 grand prize will be announced at 4 p.m.

After enjoying dinner at one of Mount Carroll’s eateries, finish off the day at “A Night at the Cemetery” by taking the Mount Carroll Historic Cemetery Tour.

The wagon starts loading in the parking lot behind the Mount Carroll Pharmacy at 5:45 p.m. and a $5 ticket can be purchased at Riverview Antiques/Tina’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

This tour of Oak Hill Cemetery tells the stories of some of Mount Carroll’s most colorful characters and historic figures and will be narrated by local historian and Mayor of Mayfest, Wayne Brooks.

Looking for something scarier? Raven’s Grin Inn, the well-known year-round haunted house, is at its peak this time of year and offers the best in Halloween fun.

For more information on any of the events going on during Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest, go to the Mount Carroll Chamber website, www.mtcarrollil.org, or call event chair Diane Bausman at 815-275-4868.

Download Pumpkin Fest Schedule of Events Here!

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Savanna Haunted Forest

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The Savanna Haunted Forest comes to life Oct 18,24,25,31 & Nov 1st at 1030 Viaduct Road (behind Poopy’s) on Rt 84 in Savanna. Visit Savanna and experience the scarier-than-ever Haunted Forest! A wagon ride through the “Dungeon of Doom” will have you on the edge of your seat. New thrills & chills around every corner! Wagons start loading at sunset and continue until 11pm. $10 for adults/$5 child with parent. Relax before or after your trip at Poopy’s Pub & Grub outdoor facilities.

Fall Farmers Market Fest

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Featuring Divide & Conquer II and Junk in the Trunk on October 21!

The Lanark Farmers Market officially closes the last Tuesday of October during Halloween Week, but not until it hosts one of the biggest and best markets of the season.

Sponsored by the Cornucopia Committee of Lanark, you are invited to participate in the Fall Four-In-One Farmers Market Fest, set for Tuesday, October 21 in the Lanark City Park.

As usual, the LANARK FARMERS MARKET is held every Tuesday, rain or shine, in the friendly confines of the Lanark City Park. But for the last few weeks, the time has been changed from 4 to 6 p.m. Check out https://www.facebook.com/LanarkFarmersMarket for details and specials.

Rummage Sale, Plant Swap, and Pumpkins!

10433939_1458468574422544_256534963400389200_nThree other special events are also scheduled for Oct. 21. Vendors and shoppers are welcome for JUNK IN THE TRUNK TOWN RUMMAGE SALE. Fill your car with stuff to sell, then drive to the park. Back into a parking space around the park perimeter to set up shop. Pavilion space will be available for overflow. If it’s cold, a warm fire will be started in the south pavilion, and hot cocoa, cider and coffee will be available.

Also that same day, the Cornucopia Committee is hosting the very popular plant swap, Divide and Conquer II. If your garden is too overgrown and crowded, “Divide and Conquer”! It’s a great time to clean up the garden before winter, share your overstock with neighbors, and find some new plants for yourself. If you have plants that just don’t meet with your aesthetic approval anymore, or a few too many bedding plants, bring those, too. They can be recycled to someone else’s yard!

Do you have some great Heirloom varieties? Swap seeds, too. Plants can be brought in plastic pots, plastic bags, card board flats or wrapped in newspaper. For a reasonable fee, you will be able to sell or swap just about anything. Proceeds will go to more fun and flora events in 2015.

And finally, a very special Pumpkin Presentation by Master Gardener Mary LaShelle, and right before Halloween!

Speak with Cornucopia Committee members (wearing green aprons) about how you can become a vendor in 2015.

Donations are requested for all events, with proceeds used toward Cornucopia Committee projects for the betterment of Lanark.

Find us at:

https://www.facebook.com/LanarkFarmersMarket,
or
https://www.facebook.com/LanarkIllinois

For more information, please contact Lee Reese at 815-275-4395, or Sheila Wyeth at 815-493-2776.

Fall is in the Air

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It’s that time of year. Temperatures are cooling and leaves are changing. The beautiful season of Autumn is around the here, which means fall festivals and scenic drives in Northwest Illinois.

Join us for pumpkin walks, horse-drawn wagon rides, chili fests, pumpkin patches, wine festivals, live music, and much more. Take part in all the activities Carroll County has to offer this fall. Here are just a few of the fun events happening this season:

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Trail of Terror

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Get ready to test your lungs. The annual Trail of Terror is back! Enjoy fall festivals, wine tasting, pumpkin patches and so much more.

Whether you’re a daredevil and want to walk the cemeteries and visit the haunted houses, or you’re more interested in sipping a glass of wine, or finding the perfect pumpkin, this is the event for you!

This spooktacular event is sure to please the entire family. Let the kids walk through cemeteries and visit the haunted houses while Mom and Dad sip on a glass of wine. Don’t forget to meet back up and pick out the perfect pumpkins.

Too much to do in one day? Stay with us. Choose from the area’s B&B’s, country inns, hotels, or cabins.

We welcome you to enjoy all the chills and thrills of this year’s Trail of Terror. The fun continues throughout October.


Autumn on Parade Festival

Sat. 4 Oct, 2014 8:00 am, Oregon

Join us for the 43rd annual Autumn on Parade Festival in downtown Oregon. This event features a craft fair, farmer’s market, strolling entertainment and food provided by local not-for-profit organizations. An antique tractor show on Saturday and the ever-popular Harvest Time Parade on Sunday.Oh… also on Sunday, 10/5, is the ever popular DUCK DASH! Too much fun. It’ll “quack” you up. Autumn on Parade is held on the Ogle Co. Courthouse Square at the corner of IL Rt 64 & IL Rt 2 in Oregon. An Old English Faire will be held both days at Stronghold Castle located on IL Route 2 east of Oregon.


Fulton Fall Festival at Heritage Canyon

Sat. 4 Oct, 2014 9:00 am, Fulton

Our Fall Festival theme will be Pioneer Ways and we invite you to join the Early America Crafters on Oct. 4 & 5 and spend time experiencing life in our pioneer village. Experience pioneer living with the Early American Crafters as they prepare for the fall harvest. Demonstrations include broom stick making, wood stove cooking, weaving, knitting, candle making, wood carving, music, and more. For information visit our website or our facebook page for pictures and information.


Fulton Fall Festival

Sat. 4 Oct, 2014 10:00 am, Fulton

The Fulton Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 4th, in downtown Fulton from 10am to 4pm. Activities include food vendors, arts & craft vendors, inflatable rides, entertainment, make n’ take crafts, pumpkin decorating, straw bale maze and more!


Savanna Haunted Forest

Sat. 18 Oct, 2014 6:00 pm, Savanna

The Savanna Haunted Forest comes to life Oct 18,24,25,31 & Nov 1st at 1030 Viaduct Rd (behind Poopy’s) on Rt 84 in Savanna. Visit Savanna and experience the scarier-than-ever Haunted Forest! A wagon ride through the “Dungeon of Doom” will have you on the edge of your seat. New thrills & chills around every corner! Wagons start loading at sunset and continue until 11pm. $10 for adults/$5 child with parent. Try to relax before or after your trip at Poopy’s Pub & Grub outdoor facilities.


Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Sat. 25 Oct, 2014 8:00 am, Mt. Carroll

Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin sling shot, pumpkin drag races, evening historic cemetery tour, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.


Mt Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags

Sat. 25 Oct, 2014 2:00 pm, Mt. Carroll

The Mt Carroll GREAT PUMPKIN STREET DRAGS will feature REAL pumpkin race cars battling in a unique side-by-side single elimination races featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Race Cars in a funky and hilarious display of American ingenuity. Entries in each age bracket will battle head-to-head for cash prizes! All races take place in downtown Mt Carroll. Line up begins at 1:15 and races begin at 2 pm.

Upcoming Events

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Savanna Shadfly Festival

Friday, August 22, 2014 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come to Marquette Park in downtown Savanna for a lighted boat parade on the Mississippi, music, beer tent, crafts, and more! Check out the Savanna in Motion Facebook page for more details.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Savanna-in-Motion/1402917993295681

 

Thomson’s Melon Days Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Come to the Heirloom Market & Cafe located along the Great River Road (Route 84) for bluegrass music, bounce houses, petting zoo, and lots of fun for all ages!

 

Mount Carroll Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit Mount Carroll’s website for an updated activity list. www.mtcarrollil.org

 

Mount Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM

The Mount Carroll GREAT PUMPKIN STREET DRAGS will feature REAL pumpkin race cars battling in a unique side-by-side single elimination races featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Race Cars in a funky and hilarious display of American ingenuity. Entries in each age bracket will battle head-to-head for cash prizes! All races take place in downtown Mount Carroll beginning at 1:00 PM.

Autumn in Carroll County

From your backyard to ours…

Looking for a reason to get in the car to enjoy a splendid autumn day in the country? Look no further than Carroll County, Illinois. With so much to see, experience, and do, there’s no better reason, or season, to discover the hidden treasures and pleasures of this region than autumn. When summer slips into autumn, mile after magnificent mile of rolling hills and towering woodlands that make up our region transform into some of Illinois’ most spectacular visual fall offerings.autumn-carroll-county-il

Crisp air, brilliant colors, and pleasant surprises await in Carroll County this fall. It’s the perfect place for an autumn getaway. Silver Moon winery is open for business and holds several special events throughout the season. Raven’s Grin Inn will chill and delight you with frightening activities. The Heirloom Café will provide all your pumpkins and the Brick Street Café or Crumbles can provide some delicious fall treats.

Autumn is a lovely time to visit Carroll County Illinois where our communities are full of farmers markets, fall festivals, wine events, and much more. Let’s not forget the best part of all: wonderful and cozy lodging to fit any need! Our great lodging establishments offer all kinds of seasonal fun from breakfast on the veranda, wine tastings, and bonfires to a game of horseshoes. Carroll County accommodations are big on charm and small on price! If you appreciate the small things, you’ll certainly enjoy traveling the scenic roads of Carroll County.

Whether you’re looking for a rustic log cabin or one with a hot tub, a bed and breakfast with delicious homemade pastries or a motel with an 18 hole miniature golf course, Carroll County has what you need for a weekend getaway. So bring your bike, fishing pole, golf clubs, or your pocketbook and cruise on into Carroll County to enjoy the simple things in life.

We’re located just 30 minutes from Galena, 60 minutes from Rockford, and 90 minutes from Chicagoland. Carroll County is a perfect distance for a getaway before the season changes and life gets busy. We hope to see you soon!