LENA, ILLINOIS — It is time again for the Lena Lions 69th Annual Fall Festival, known as “The Cadillac of Small Town Festivals”! The event will be held in downtown Lena on September 6th and 7th.
Free entertainment on Friday – 7:00 p.m. – Sunshine Band is best described as a power trio of Guitar, Electric Bass and Drums. The three members are Tom Bussan, Bill Eaton and Mike Dunbar. The group has been together since 1975 with musical hits from the late 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – blended with traditional and contemporary country music. The bands vocal harmonies are excellent and presented in a strong but easily enjoyed volume. Please join us and enjoy a musical evening!
The MADDMEN are back again, by popular demand, at the 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. shows on Saturday evening! They are seasoned veterans of the Northwest Illinois music scene who have been rockin’ out since the ‘60s. If you are looking for ‘50s and ‘60s country or down and funky blues – they have it all! Travel down memory lane with their smooth harmonies and interpretive covers of artists like The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash. Bring it up with The Beatles, The Searchers, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed and other artists of that great time in our musical history. They do it all. The current MADDMEN are an advanced incarnation of the NOMADDS, a wildly popular local garage band from the ‘60s whose music continues to thrive today. Members of the group are: Lee Garner, Dean Kuehl, Deny Kuhl, Jim Martin, Kevin Trost and Lena’s very own Chris Robinson.
The Lena Lions will sell raffle tickets (5200 available) for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee 4WD to be given away on Saturday at approximately 11:00 p.m. The tickets cost $10.00 per ticket or three for $20.00. A $400.00 Lena Money Gift Certificate will be second prize and a $200.00 Lena Money gift Certificate will be third prize. This year a 2019 Polaris Ranger 570 EPS LE NARA BRONZE (3700 tickets available) will also be raffled. A $200.00 Lena Money Gift Certificate will be second prize and a $100.00 Lena Money gift Certificate will be third prize. Tickets are again $10.00 per chance or three for $20.00. Drawing will be at the same time as the car drawing.
Skinners Amusements will return for the 60th year with carnival rides for all ages in the downtown parking lot. Merchandise Bingo and Ham Stand, Lion’s operated long time favorites of festival attendees, will be in their usual places on Main Street. Please Note: No pets will be allowed on the midway except for service dogs for people with disabilities.
There will be food galore with the Lions famous “Pork Chop on a Stick”, Le-Win Sports Association Food Stand and the Knights of Columbus filling their usual spots. All time favorites like cotton candy, elephant ears, ice cream and soft drinks will be here also.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Lena, A Place Called Home”. The 100+ unit parade will be stepping off from the Dietz Old School Apartments (old Grade School) at noon on Saturday, September 7th. A flyover by the Freeport Pilot’s Association will again start off our parade – taking the same route through town as previous years. High school bands and colorful church floats, Scout and 4-H groups, antique and classic cars and antique tractors, along with area fire trucks will be featured. We are encouraging the kids to decorate their bikes and participate in the parade! Parade entry registration starts at 9:00 a.m. (No four-wheel drive tractors duals, or semis. Need valid driver’s license to drive tractor.) Look for the “pork chops on a stick” during the parade.
Parade registration and information: Jeff Stamm (eight one 5) 541-2658 or Bill Crichton (eight one 5) 291-9361.
Once again the Lena Community Park District is sponsoring the Fall Festival 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, September 7th, starting from Lions Park at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Pre-register by August 23rd for $20.00 and receive a t-shirt at the run. After August 23rd, the cost is $25.00 (no guarantee of t-shirts for late registration). Call park office at 369-5351 with questions.
For a full weekend of great food, hometown fun and entertainment, come to the Lena Lions Fall Festival on September 6th and 7th in downtown Lena.
Festival Chairman: Bruce Shelton 815-275-0532
Street/Vendor Chairman: Don Brown 815-369-4832
Adv/Pr: Chairman: Marcia Meyers 815-821-2300