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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Art work by Sandy Dunlap
The Palisades Art League will hold their 52nd annual Art Show & Sale Saturday, Oct 18th from 3-7 pm and Sunday, Oct 19th from Noon to 4pm at the West Carroll Primary School located at 2215 Wacker Roadd in Savanna. There will be prizes awarded for Best of Show in both amateur & advanced divisions along with the PAL Peer award and a visitor’s door prize. A food stand on the premises will be available with all proceeds going to Heartland Pet Welfare. For more information go to our FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Palisades-Art-League/147156505385081
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.
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!
Three 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.
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For more information, please contact Lee Reese at 815-275-4395, or Sheila Wyeth at 815-493-2776.
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:
Trail of Terror
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.
Friday November 7, 2014
6pm – 8pm
Join us for an evening of
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Wine Club Members $7.50
Non Members $10.00
21-78 Lake Carroll Blvd.
Lake Carroll, IL