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May 2017

PUMP BOYS & DINETTESBuy Tickets Here
@ Timber Lake Playhouse

May 5-7 & 12-14

The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway.


CHARLOTTE’S WEB – Timber Lake PlayhouseBuy Tickets Here
@ Timber Lake Playhouse

Tuesday May 9 – Friday May 12 at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling theatrical presentation. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will enchant audiences.
Tickets are $6.00 with a complimentary chaperone ticket for each 10 students.


Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial Tea Party

Sun, May 7, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

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Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library Sesquicentennial Tea Party Tea & coffee served with delectable finger sandwiches & delicious desserts Doors open at 1:30 Program at 2:00 Laura Keyes portrays Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Guests are encouraged to honor the Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial by wearing historic/vintage clothing

Tickets available at the Mount Carroll Library
Sponsor a Table for Four: $40.00
Individual Tickets: $10.00 per person
815-244-1751
The event will be held at the Mount Carroll Community House
101 N. Main

Tea cup treasures and heirloom crafts sale
All proceeds will be used to benefit the Library’s programming & restoration.


Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands

May 13th & 2nd Saturday of each month

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9am-11am.

The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.


An Evening with Neil Diamond and ElvisBuy Tickets Here
@ Timber Lake Playhouse

Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 pm

Experience the electricity and excitement in concert with the two original American Idols!! See the Legends of Love and Rock in a dynamic performance of the hits of Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley featuring Premier Tribute Artist Steve Richards!
Cash bar opens at 6:30. Tickets are $20.


Mount Carroll’s Farmer’s Market
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

Saturday Mornings
May – October 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, hand-made crafts etc.


Big River Fest
Savanna, IL

May 20 & 21

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Big River Fest in Down Town Savanna on the Mississippi River! Two full days of Music, Film, Arts and Antiques!!!

MUSIC: The Iron Horse Festival is an entire weekend of live music, from rock to country with 15 bands on four stages! Andy Ross headlines the bill as he shoots a new music video and an episode for his new American Rebel TV Show. Other bands include country stars Orchard Fire, Lucky Tubb, The Gingers, Classical Blast, Jerry Wells, Cal Stage Band, Dirt Road Rockers, Stone Cold Moonshine, Battle of the Band winners Alborn Theory, up-and-coming country star Jacob Brice, and Daniel Stratman. Weekend Wristband: $10

FILM: Executive Producer Andrew Meyer will be screening two films he produced; Fried Green Tomatoes and The Breakfast Club. These screenings will be played at the Savanna Times Theatre and Mr. Meyer will be available for Q&A, meet and greet, and autographs after each screening. Tickets: $10.

ANTIQUE and ARTS FESTIVAL: TV celebrity and antique icon Frank Fritz will be attending this festival along with hundreds of vendors from antiques, crafts, repurposed items, and art. Admission is just $5!

The BIG RIVER RUN/WALK 5K: Save the VFWs, will kick off the festival at 10 am on Saturday, May 20. Entry fee is just $25 for an amazing T-shirt and $5 from every entry goes to VFWs in need in the tri-state area! Prizes for the top three finishers in this fun run/walk. Entry forms available at Vintage Radio gor by emailing wqudvintageradio@gmail.com.

The Savanna VFW 50/50 Raffle! Get tickets for $2 as the grand prize is already pushing towards $10,000 for the winner and another $10,000 to be split by the Savanna VFW, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and JDRF. Drawing will be at 3 pm on Sunday to wrap up the festival. Tickets are on sale at Sullivan’s Foods stores in Morrison, Savanna, Princeton (Illinois), Kewanee, and Stockton; the Savanna Station, participating Savanna businesses including the Block that Rocks on Main Street and at the Vintage Radio Station in Erie. Stay tuned for participating VFWs who will also be selling tickets.

** Proceeds will be benefiting St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research (JDRF) and the Savanna VFW**


Mount Carroll’s Mayfest
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

Memorial Day Weekend May 26th, 27th, and 28th 2017

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Join us for MayFest!

Music, arts & crafts, etc..



New Lodging in Carroll County “Grandpa’s Cabin”!

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

Grandpa’s Cabin Savanna Illinois

Carroll County Illinois Tourism is very proud to present our newest lodging facility! “Grandpa’s Cabin” as it has been named by owner Bill Delp is the ultimate lodging for those who want to step back in time to the 1800’s.

Come and spend the night in peaceful seclusion at “Grandpa’s Cabin”. It is located at 10423 Zion Road, north of Savanna, Illinois.

Tranquil & Unique Lodging in a Restored 1837 Log Cabin!

Situated in the rolling hills north of Savanna “Grandpa’s Cabin is just minutes from the Mississippi River.

Enter and you will step back in time to the 1830’s. Grandpa’s Cabin was built in 1837 and was the home to many families and many generations! it was originally located a few miles from Bill’s property and he moved it to it’s current location at Bill Delp Photography Studio.

Experience the ambiance of this historic & humble structure – a true work of art. Enjoy the secluded location among rolling wooded hills, hay fields, wild flowers and grasses. Savor the quiet…the wildlife…the song birds. Stroll the trails and enjoy the sunsets in total calm away from your busy hectic lives!

 

* Free WiFi

* Coffee

* Tea

* Mini Fridge

* Microwave

* Fireplace

* Music

* Accomodates up to 4 Adults

* 40 Minutes from Historic Galena, IL and Dubuque area

* No TV

For reservations and more information phone: 815-273-2803

10423 Zion Road Savanna, IL 61074

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

Grandpa’s Cabin Savanna Illinois

Located just minutes away from beautiful Mississippi Palisades State Park.

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

 

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort & Campground is located just one mile south of beautiful Savanna, Illinois, adjacent to the Spring Lake Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and The Great River Trail bike path. Seven Eagles offers a motel and log cabins and 85 seasonal and weekend RV spaces. Other features include a nice in-ground pool, a 6 in 1 court, a playground and fishing pond and the 67 mile bike path. They also have a nice club house for events and activities. If you’re looking to get away or a family gathering, Seven Eagles Resort and Campground is just the place for you.

Email us at: fun@goseveneagles.com

Phone: 815-273-7301

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Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

Seven Eagles Resort and Campground

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Owners Mick and Ruth Morfey

The Inn at Molly’s

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The Inn at Molly’s
110 West Market Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-906-0052

www.mollysmountcarroll.com

Relax in small-town comfort in charming downtown Mount Carroll.  Our historic, restored 1865 building features two 600 square-foot suites, combining rural charm with contemporary amenities and style. Guests will find fresh fruit, yogurt, home-made granola, coffee and tea, as well as fruit juice in the kitchen. Spend the day exploring the historic buildings and architecture of Mount Carroll, antiques, and the beautiful pastoral landscape of the driftless area. Then, come home to cocktails and a delicious meal downstairs at Molly’s.

Please note: our suites in this historic building are located on the second floor, accessible by stairs only.

Streetside Suite
Get away from the everyday and relax in this spacious sun-flooded suite overlooking Mount Carrol’s historic, brick Market Street. Featuring a queen-sized bed with locally-sourced hardwood slab headboard. Enjoy the large main room with kitchen and lounge area including pull-out sofa for additional guests, heavy oak kitchen table and antique chairs, natural-edged furniture made by Ryan Bess of Singular Woodworks, and restored industrial lighting by Blubulb Vintage Lighting throughout. Full bathroom with tub and shower. Our walls are adorned with paintings by local artists Dan Brinkmeier and Kate Wood, as well as large-scale black and white photographs by Michael Johnson. Free WiFi, in-room phones, and TV with DVD.

Deckside Suite
This beautiful suite includes a large private deck off the modular kitchen and dining area, with spaces that flow into each other but feel more like separate rooms. Featuring a queen-sized bed with locally sourced hardwood slab headboard. Enjoy the lounge area with full-sized pull out couch for additional guests, burr oak kitchen table and antique chairs, natural-edged furniture made by Ryan Bess of Singular Woodworks, and restored industrial lighting by Blubulb Vintage Lighting throughout. Full bathroom with tub and shower. Our walls are adorned with paintings by local artists Dan Brinkmeier and Kate Wood, as well as large-scale black and white photographs by Michael Johnson. Free WiFi, in-room phones, and TV with DVD.

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Events

Calendar of Events In and Around Carroll County


Detailed Events Schedule

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Up-To-The-Minute Events

For move up-to-the-minute events in, and around, Carroll County, visit Carroll County IL Tourism and What’s Happening Carroll County IL on Facebook for up-to-date events.



Barn Quilt Trail

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Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois

WHAT IS YOUR BARN QUILT STORY

“The American Quilt Trail Movement” is credited to Donna Sue Groves. Much of the information gathered here is from excerpts of the book entitled “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” written by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.

Carroll County, Illinois is very pleased to announce our participation in this movement. Our “Trail” has been organized by the Carroll County Hotel / Motel Tax Board.

Click here for our 2016 “Barn Quilt Trail” Map.

The first official quilt trail began in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family’s tobacco barn in Manchester, Ohio. Although many believe that the Groves farm is home to the first barn quilt, it is not the case. The first barn quilt was an “Ohio Star” which was unveiled as part of a community celebration at a nearby herb farm. The Groves farm later became part of a trail of 20 “Barn Quilts” that formed a driving trail through Adams County. Although an emerging concept, a U.S. National Quilt Trail has rapidly spread across Ohio to Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Carroll County, Illinois is very proud to participate in this trail. British Columbia, Canada has developed a trail, and barn quilts also exist in Ontario, Canada.

There are many places on-line that you can order pre-made “Barn Quilts” or you can find complete directions on-line for making your own. On our Facebook page “Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois” you can also find a list of people in Carroll County who will make them for other people.

Barn quilts enhance the beauty of the countryside and are enjoyed by those who pass by. Carroll County is very fortunate to have many “Barn Quilts” already in existence throughout its countryside. Mt. Carroll resident Vivian Curley, over the last couple years has compiled information on many of the existing “Barn Quilts” in our area and we are working to compile our trail from the start of this list. We certainly would like to see “Barn Quilt Fever” continue to grow in Carroll County. Our end goal, is to promote agri-tourism and attract visitors to our rural community.

Please visit our Facebook page to see our listings of photos and information on the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/barnquiltsofcarrollcountyillinois Albums have started for each town in Carroll County and also albums for barn quilts in surrounding areas in close proximity of Carroll County.

A preliminary list has been compiled and has been published on our website and can be viewed on this page http://www.visitcarrollcountyil.com/barn-quilt-trail It is our sincere desire to verify the information we have, gather more information, and compile a more complete list. Once this task has been completed, we intend to utilize the collected information in our promotional, advertising, and marketing materials for Carroll County

Here are some things that you can do to help us complete the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.

  • If your barn quilt is currently listed but you prefer not to participate or wish that your information not be published, simply contact us and your information will be promptly removed from our list.
  • If you currently have a barn quilt and your information is listed correctly, please contact us and let us know all is okay.
  • If you currently have a barn quilt but your information is not listed, please contact us with all of your information and we will come and take a photo of your barn quilt and it will be added to the list. Be certain to include the address and any other information that may assist visitors in finding the specific location.
  • If you do not currently have a barn quilt but would like to participate in the “Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail”, please send us all your information and let us know when we can come and take a photo of it.

We would also like to feature the history of any of the barn quilts that are placed on historic old barns or out buildings. By answering the questions below, it will enable us to help visitors learn of the rich heritage Carroll County has to offer.

  1. How long has the property been in the family?
  2. Who purchased the property and when?
  3. When was the barn constructed?
  4. What materials were used in its construction?
  5. Was the architecture determined by the function of the barn?
  6. What was its original function?
  7. What function does it presently serve?
  8. What is the name or origin of the quilt pattern?
  9. What is the significance or symbology of the quilt pattern?

If you or anyone you know would like to share your barn quilt story with us, please contact Connie Zink at 815-565-0024 or message us through our Facebook page.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail (Please Click On The First Photo In Each Album To View Full Screen)

Chadwick Barn Quilts

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Mount Carroll Barn Quilts 

 

Savanna Barn Quilts

Shannon’s Hometown Christmas

Christmas-Town

“2014 Hometown Christmas”
Friday, Nov. 21 st & Saturday, Nov. 22 nd

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Hometown Christmas Traditional Events

  • Shannon Lions Chili & Soup Supper – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm–7pm
  • Visit with Santa and Live Reindeer – At the Fire Station, Friday 5pm-7pm
  • Kids Create an ornament to hang on the Community Christmas Tree – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm-7pm
  • Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree – In the Park, Friday 7:30
  • Lighted Christmas Parade – Friday 7:45pm (rain date – Nov. 22 nd ) Start at EMS (west), past the park to South Street, to Linn, to Bradshaw, to Hickory, back to EMS
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies – In the Park before & during the Parade

Homes & Crafters

  1. Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts – 2 W. Market. – 20+ flavors of popcorn, coffees, Keurig single serve. Galena Canning Co. items, napkins on sale. Many great gifts. Fri. 9am–8pm, Sat. 9am–6pm
  2. The Shannon Café – 29 E. Market – Daily specials, home style cooking, soups, salads & desserts. Sunday smorgasbord (last Sunday of month) Café hours-Tues-Thurs 6am-9pm Sun 7am-2pm
  3. Family Tree Creations – 409 S. Walnut. Primitive, folk art, wreaths, Felted wool mittens, crocheted kids hats, snowmen, fall Fri. 9am–5:00pm, Sat. 9am–3pm
  4. Christmas at Cindy’s – 209 S. Chestnut. Hand painted items, decorated trees, photo cards, sewn creations. Bake shop featuring cinnamon rolls, cookies, specialty breads. Fri. 8:30am–6pm, Sat. 8:30am–2pm
  5. Christmas Gatherings  – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel). Marge’s peanut brittle, cookies, candies. Lynn’s handmade crafts, appliqued towels, table runners, Nola’s pies, fudge, divinity, cutout cookies Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  6. Christmas in the Village – 501 S Walnut – Amy’s Fascinators & Pins, Rachel’s Pen & Ink Plates & Birchwood Snowmen, candles, bath & body, handmade purses, decorated wreaths & trees, Inspired Whimsically Fri.9am-5pm Sat.9am-2pm
  7. Dollinger Tree Farm – 23882 Payne Rd. – Gift shop, Tree trims, Order wreath & cemetery decorations, Christmas trees. Door prizes. Complementary Enticements hot cider and treats Fri. & Sat. 8am–5pm
  8. Trailside General Store & Gifts – 2 mi. West of Rt. 72 & Rt. 73 on Zier Rd. – Enjoy a Cappuccino, save with our $5 lunch specials, 25% off all holiday trim & décor. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 am–9 pm
  9. Silver Moon Winery -21305 Zier Rd. Wine, accessories, imported olive oils & balsamic vinegars. Sat 12-5pm, Sunday 12pm–3pm (Sat & Sun apply through December 14 th No Friday’s) www.silvermoonwineryinc.com
  10. Holiday Celebration with the Pannkuk’s – 210 S Chestnut- Unique solar light designs, homemade goodies and NEW this year- Pallet Art. A must stop location. Fri. 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-3pm
  11. Je’Rod’s Bar&Grill – Stop in try our delicious burgers, Our customers say they are the best around Fri/Sat11am-10pm
  12. Hot Chocolate House – 317 Sunrise Drive – Christmas crafts, baked goods, pies ,cookies, breads & cinnamon rolls Fri 8-5pm Sat. 8-3pm
  13. Noordhoff’s Nook – 302 E Sunrise Drive – Celebrate a handmade holiday! Decorative wine bottles, wood crafts, homemade egg noodles, baked goods, cookies in a jar, crocheted dish clothes, & more! Fri 8:30-6:30pm/Sat 8:30-3pm
  14. 2 Ol Putzers – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel) – Hand painted items, ornaments, wood firemen. Fisherman, decorated gift bags. Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  15. Wirtjes Agency – 106 W Market – Christmas at the Office: Baked goods, homemade jelly, Handmade candles, unique gifts, lotions, and much more!! Many gifts ideas under $20 Fri. 9-5pm Sat. 9-3pm
  16. Shear Elegance & Mary Kay – 118 E Division – Mary Kay, gifts & gift ideas, Visit our salon & sample our products. Don’t forget to register to win a facial or pedicure. Fri- 9-6pm Sat. 9-3pm
  17. Shannon Fire Station – 14 S Hickory – over 20 Crafters all in the same location. Hours: Fri 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-3pm.

1. L-BRI by Vickie Beyer – Natural Aloe Vera based skin care- health and wellness products

2. Crafts by Bonnie Miles – Purses, aprons, table mats, quilts, pillow cases, potholders for bowls, other textiles

3. Crafts by Beverly Hayunga – Crotchet towels and other Christmas items, solar lights, shelving, and wall hangers.

4. Creatively Yours – Ruth Fagan & Diane VanRaden Bake goods, Christmas Crafts, Homemade Candy, honey, homemade jams, fleece baby blankets

5. Mary Kay – Jeannette Murray – Skin Care packed with multiple benefits. Special offers you don’t want to miss.

6. Pretty Stitches – Brett & Elayne Sivertsen- Custom apparel, gift decoration, custom made shirts for Eastland

7. Bake goods by Jackie Brown – baked items, breads, cookies, coffee cakes, crafts

8. Scentsy – Sherry Burke- Fragrance a safe way to scent your environment.

9. Crafts by Dee – Table runners, placemats, lots of crafts and seasonal items

10. Vera Adams – Handmade Bibs, towels, dish rags

11. Candy’s Crafts & More – Candy Curran Assorted crafts

12. Bonnie’s Brittles – Various types of brittles made extra thin. Spanish peanut, pecan, homemade cashew, black walnut, phopsuey.

13. Eastland Cheerleaders – Face painting, Eastland & EPC Apparel

14. Jewelry & Crafts by Dorie, Norm & Ardith –  Hand-cut stones, Handmade jewelry, crafts, cinnamon rolls

15. FAB JC with Inspired Creations – hand woven jewelry

16. Cindy’s Crocheted Creations – Character hats, infinity scarfs, Brim hats, boot cuff, collar scarfs, headbands

17. Crafts by Diane – Plastic canvas, crochet scarfs and other crafts

18. D’z Treats & Cards by Mary – Mixers in jars-handmade goodies, handmade greeting cards

19. Beads by Bonnie – Unique items made with beads and safety pins

20. Body works by Brenda – Brenda Moll- Chair Massages

21. Izzy Rose Boutique – American Girl doll clothes, children’s aprons, Upcycled mittens, etc. Bags all handmade

22. Alpca It Up-Kelly Miller – Socks, hats, gloves, items to warm you!

23. Dee’s Delights – Jams and Salsa’s

Jackie Brown & Family will be serving lunch at the fire station 11am-2pm.

Shannon Chamber of Commerce 150 yr. Shannon Memorabilia books- Special Pricing. Available @ Eastland Cheerleaders Booth@ Fire Station/ Blarney Stone/ First State Bank Shannon

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Vintage Christmas Card

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.

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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 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.