Category Archives: Events

Lest We Forget!

IMG_3450.JPGThe National September 11 Memorial Museum opened on May 21, 2014 in New York City. To visit it is a sobering experience which should remind all Americans that there are people out there like the Islamic terrorists in 2001 who hate this country and everything it stands for. We must ever be vigilant so such a dastardly act cannot again be perpetrated against this country.

See pictures of the Memorial Museum at

Last Area County Fair Starts This Week – Winnebago County Fair August 12 – 17 at Pecatonica, Illinois

IMG_3332.JPGSome of the fair events:

Tuesday, August 12
Motocross 6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 13
Rodeo 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 14
Semi-Tractor Pulls 6:30 pm

Friday, August 15
Farmer’s Class Tractor Pulls 1:00 pm

Friday, August 15
Badger State Tractor Pulls 6:30 pm

Saturday, August 16
Jamie Campbell & the Redneck Romeos 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 16
Gracia Harrison – season 3 of “The Voice”
7:00 pm

Sunday, August 17
Demo Derby
1:00 pm

For a full schedule of events go to

Two Big Events in Downtown Freeport This Weekend – Music on Chicago Friday, August 8 and Cruise Night Saturday, August 9!

Music on Chicago, August 8 – 5:30 to 11 pm on Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street in downtown Freeport. Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden, plus an open air market on Chicago between Stephenson and Exchange from 4 pm to dusk the same night. This concert features “Rock on Chicago” with Big Daddy Woo Woo. The first band starts at 6 pm and the second band at 8 pm.

For more info on Big Daddy go to

20140806-113531-41731687.jpgCruise Night, August 9 – 4 to 10 pm in downtown Freeport. There will be live music by Johnny Rocker on the FHN Stage, a food court offering a variety of tasty choices, and three contests: the Soundwerks Plus and Tailor Made Autoworks LLC Sound Off Contest, the Gary’s Collision & Customs Muffler Rapping Contest , and the Dan’s Route 66 Service Burn Out Contest. There will be the Pearson Antique Car Lot (by invitation only), Skinner’s Hot Rod Alley (by invitation only), a Motorcycle parking area (sponsored by A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Freeport Chapter), two main parking lots, the Jiffy Lube West Lot and the Total Touch Up East Lot, for the classic cars, and cruising all night long. Midwest Mobile Dyno will be offering the chance to check your horsepower. In addition, downtown restaurants Main Street Bistro, PJ’s Stephenson Street Station, and This Is It Eatery will be open. PJ’s will also offer the band The Fresh Hot Fritters playing classic rock from 8 pm to Midnight plus they will have a pulled pork sandwich meal from 11 am until 8 pm. Souvenir t-shirts and photo booth will be available at the intersection of Exchange and Chicago.

For more details go to

Annual Carroll County Fair Next Week at Schell Park in Milledgeville, Illinois with Country Music Artist, Tracy Lawrence

The fair began on Tuesday, August 5 and runs through Saturday, August 9, and some the events are listed below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Illinois State Truck Pull and Tri County Pullers (Mini Rods) at 7:00 pm, free grandstand.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Tractor Parade at 6:00 pm and Badger State Tractor Pull at 6:30 pm, free grandstand.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 – Ag Olympics at 4:30 pm and Funky Munky Wrestling 7:30 pm, free grandstand.

Friday, August 8, 2014 – Country music artist, Tracy Lawrence, at 8:30 pm opening with Rout 38 at 7:00 pm. Reserved grandstand seats – $10.00. Track seating (bring your own chair) – $15.00.
See more on Tracy Lawrence at

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Demolition Derby and new this year, Kids Power Wheel Derby.
Reserved Grandstand seats – $10.00.

For more fair information go to

It’s That Time of the Year Again – 45th Annual Threshing and Antique Show This Weekend at Freeport!

20140730-092352-33832750.jpgThis annual event begins on Friday, August 1 and ends on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut, Freeport, Illinois. Friday and Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 7 am to 5 pm. It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year’s feature is Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering a large antique transportation display, home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures. Gasoline Alley which will feature Rawleigh, Rawleigh-Schryer and Ziegler-Schryer gas engines and products, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. Also ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Food is offered including a variety of food stands, plus breakfast from 7 am to 9:30 am and a noon dinner from 11 am until 1 pm. A Farmer’s Hitch Class Horse Pull will be offered on Friday at 6:30 pm. A Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a kiddie tractor pull after the parade.

For more information, go to

If You Like Country – Enjoy Music on Chicago in Downtown Freeport, Illinois on Friday, July 18 – Featuring Jamie Campbell & The Redneck Romeos

20140716-081011-29411661.jpg5:30 to 11 pm on Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street in downtown Freeport. Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden, plus an open air market on Chicago between Stephenson and Exchange from 4 pm to dusk the same night. This concert features “Country in Chicago” with The Eugene Smiles Project at 6:00 pm and Jamie Campbell & The Redneck Romeos at 8:00 pm.

For more info on the Romeos and for info on the Smiles Project go to

It’s Fair Time in Illinois – Be Sure to Attend the 160th Stephenson County Fair in Freeport – The First County Fair in Northwest Illinois!


The fair began on Tuesday, July 8 and runs through July 13 at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road, Freeport, from 8 am to 10 pm.

July 9: Monster Truck Show, 7:30 pm, Free.

July 10: Lucas Oil Midwest Summer Nationals Tractor Pull, 1 pm: Free; 7 pm: $10.

July 11: Lucas Oil Midwest Summer Nationals Tractor Pull, 1 pm: $5; 7 pm: $10.

July 12: Country music artist, Jerrod Niemann. See information at his website at His special guest will be Chris Cavanaugh (see 7:45 pm, Standing room only and track seating: $20; general grandstand seating: $10 through July 6 and $12 after July 6.

July 13: Demolition Derby, 2 pm, $10

For a full schedule of events and activities go to

Another Year of Farmers Markets in Northwest Illinois – Enjoy Them Because the Summer Goes Fast!

Stephenson County Farmers Market, Tuesday (12 – 4 pm) and Saturday (8 am to 1 pm) until October 28, 1805 S. West Avenue (Logan’s Bar & Grill Parking Lot), Freeport.

Freeport Farmers Market, Saturdays 7 to 11 am until October 4, 721 W. South Street (CVS Parking Lot), Freeport.

Highland Farmers Market, Wednesdays 3 to 6 pm, June 4 – October 1, Highland Community College, Parking Lot C, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport.

Lena Farmers Market, Saturdays 8 to 11 am, June 7 – October 4, 100 W. Main, Lena.

Don’t Miss Rabbit Hole at Winneshiek Theatre March 1 and 6 – 8 Directed by Tom Myers

Rabbit Hole will be presented at the Winneshiek Theatere at 7:30 pm on March 1, 6, 7, and 8. Winneshiek is the nation’s oldest continuous amateur theatre located at 228 W. Clark, Freeport, Illinois.
Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay Abaire which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
If you wish to read summary of the plot, go to

For more information and tickets go to