Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend In Stephenson County Illinois

Stephenson County Illinois – Stephenson County Illinois is full of great places to visit with lots of things to do. If you’re looking for something to do with the family, looking for some local shopping deals or just wanting to get out and have some fun, we’ve got you covered here.

Below is the list of the Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend In Stephenson County Illinois


10. The 3R’s, “Revival, Renewing and Refreshing”

We need each other in such a time as this! Come and join us and receive the “Reviving, Renewing and Refreshing that we all need in order to receive our re-filling to continue on in this battle to win Souls for Christ! Great, Anointed God Driven Women who are God’s Vessels Of Honor! You can’t afford to miss this One!!!

Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM
Stephenson County Farm Bureau

9. Free Movie in the Park

FHN and Freeport Park District present a FREE showing of “Happy Feet” on a giant 25-foot inflated screen.  Before show time, enjoy dance performances by local groups, then get up and Pokemon Go with Pikachu!

Sunday at 7 PM Krape Park

8. Friday Family Flicks

Enjoy a free family movie at Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square and Union Dairy.
Friday, September 2, 2016
September 2: “Casper” Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square

7. Nathan Dean & The Damn Band

There is no party like a Nathan Dean & The Damn Band party. Playing both Saturday (Sept 3) & Sunday (Sept 4) starting @ 8:30 and jamming till @1:30 am!!

Saturday at 8:30 PM
Jerods Bar and Grill
10 W Market St

6. 4th Annual Cruisin’ to the Dairy Car Show

Cruise in to this great old fashioned ice cream parlor with great cars, 50s and 60s music, and more. Music by 3-D Sound. Hourly drawings for food prizes. Souvenir t-shirts. No entry fee.
Saturday, September 3 – 3 pm – 8 pm
Union Dairy, 126 E. Douglas, Freeport

5. A Night of Exploring the Milky Way

Join the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society to see planets, Mars and Saturn, major constellations, double stars and cluster stars.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
8 pm – 10 pm
Doug Firebaugh Observatory, 2892 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport

4. Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train Rides and Silvercreek Museum

All aboard as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, and three passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30′ above Yellow Creek. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House Gift Shop. Visit the Silvercreek Museum filled with early Americana and featuring the 130 ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine and its over 25′ fly wheel. Food will be available at the museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: Ask at the Depot; Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free.
Monday, September 5, 2016
11 am – 4 pm
2954 S. Walnut, Freeport

3. 12th Annual Briggs & Reed Tractor Drive

Begin this 20 mile tractor drive at Jim Briggs’ residence and end at Orval Reed’s residence, 7942 Neeseman Road, South Wayne, WI for a picnic and a chance to explore Reed’s barn full of antiques. Then return to the Brigg’s farm for a fun day. Meat, table service and beverage provided; attendees should bring a dish to pass. Even if you don’t have a tractor, you are invited to enjoy the picnic which is held at Noon.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
8:30 am – 4 pm
Jim Brigg’s Residence, 3699 W. Winslow Road, Orangeville

2. Art In The Park – 10:00 – 5:00 pm

Featuring activities throughout Krape Park come enjoy fine art displays, performing arts, demonstrations of various art media, and children’s hands-on activities.  Experience outdoor cuisine at various food vendors on site.  Additionally, visitors can explore the fine amenities of Krape Park: an authentic working carousel, fenced-in duck farm, waterfall, children’s play areas, canoes and paddle boats, a band shell, picnic tables and outdoor grills on site.  Krape Park is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

At 10AM come meet national artist Justin Bernhardt at the Art in the Park Fair (Krape Park) to open his art exhibit at Freeport, IL (The Water Macrocosm Exhibit). Opening display starts from the De Luna Fine Art Gallery booth. Bernhardt’s incredible artworks will be on display in the gallery (2 W Main St, corner of Main and Chicago Ave) through October 8th and will be open to the public.

His work continues in that American landscape tradition, in its own fashion, along with other American artists such as George Inness, Charles Burchfield, Neil Welliver, and Wolf Khan. He is also influenced by Post-Impressionist and Abstract Expressionist artist’s color and freedom of brushwork. In 1999, he earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago concentrating on figure and landscape painting. He also studied painting at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he was awarded the Lang Art Scholarship in 1997. After graduation, he traveled around the United States, painting the landscape from his van to later create larger paintings and exhibit the work from his trip.

THE SUNSHINE  10:00 – 11:00 am
Elliott Graber and Kevin Earlywine met at The University of South Dakota in 2007. They became friends and in 2013 they decided to try writing music together while struggling to survive in Los Angeles! The result was a sound that was a unique blend of old- fashioned harmony singing and exciting, percussive acoustic guitar. Inspired by famous duos that came before them, the two set out to use their unique sound to craft a special collection of music.  Elliott Graber is from the beautiful town of Freeman, South Dakota and Kevin Earlywine hails from the great Rockford, Illinois.
KENDRA SWANSON  11:30 – 12:30 pm
Kendra Swanson is an independent folk music performer and songwriter. With strong, expressive vocals and energetic instrumentation, she applies a timeless sound to original compositions written from (and about) the American heartland. ​
GREG HERRIGES  1:00 – 2:00 pm
Greg Herriges performs solo, duo with percussion, and with many different configurations of the full group Telluric Currents which includes tabla and bass, plus special appearances by vocalist Pooja Goswami and other guests.
THE LONE CANARY  3:30 – 3:30 pm
The Lone Canary is a Folk/Americana duo comprised of Rockford, IL musicians Jesse Fox and Heather Camacho. They have an acoustic, rootsy sound echoing the styles of The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, Cory Chisel and Joshua James. Heather and Jesse grew up as childhood friends, living just a couple blocks from each other. They attended the same high school and church, where they played music together into their young adult years.  Jesse, a solo artist since 2008, and Heather, who occasionally played and sang with him, officially joined forces in June of 2014 to form The Lone Canary.
SeaSaw  4:00 – 5:00 pm
Seasaw is Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz, who are the sea and saw respectively. Fate and a small-town restaurant in Freeport, IL brought them together for the first time in 2010. Seasaw collaborated through four years of long-distance until the summer of 2015, when Eve joined Meg in their current residence of Madison, WI. Seasaw has since grown their powerful and charismatic sound in a way that can only be accomplished when best friends are living and creating within blocks of each other.

Krape Park: 1799 South Park Blvd. Freeport 

1. Shannon Homecoming (Carroll County)

What started in 1919 to welcome home WWI soldiers, has now turned into Shannon’s biggest annual event.

The weekend celebration starts Saturday with a Car, Truck and Tractor show, followed by the Veterans Homecoming 5K Memorial Run at the Village Park. Proceeds go towards the Shannon Veterans Memorial Wall and Homecoming activities.

At 4:30 p.m., the selection of Little Mr. Firefighter and Junior Mr. Firefighter, sponsored by Shannon Fire Department, will be at the stage. Following at 5:30 p.m., the Shannon Little Miss competition begins, and at 6 p.m., the crowning of the 58th Shannon Homecoming Queen.

A concert by The Ball Brothers starts at 6:30 p.m. Free will offering will be taken, and you should bring your lawn chairs for “Christian music that reaches the heart. Music that spans the generations.” In case of rain the concert will be held at the Eastland Middle School cafeteria.

Sunday’s activities begin with a hearty Pancake Breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Shannon Lions Club and American Legion. At 11 a.m., join the Community Church service at Bethel United Methodist Church.

At noon, an antique tractor pull takes place at Eastland Feed and Grain. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. downtown.

Music begins at 4 p.m. at the stage when Elvert Williams and Friends presents inspirational Gospel music.

At 6 p.m., Parade Grand Marshals Tim and Barb Ruter will be introduced, followed by music from Steve Sheffey Family and Friends at 7 p.m. In case of rain the concert will be held at the Eastland Middle School cafeteria.

Monday’s Labor Day festivities start with Carroll County’s largest parade, with registration at 8 a.m. until parade time at 10 a.m. Enjoy a delicious lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Butterfly Pork Chop BBQ at the Village Park. In case of rain it will be held at the Eastland Middle School cafeteria. Bingo starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m.

FFA petting zoo at Al’s Quality Service starts at noon and is sponsored by the Eastland FFA. At 1 p.m. the Kiddy Tractor Pull will be held in front of Shannon Fire Station, sponsored by the Carroll County Young Leaders.

At 1:30 p.m., the Eastland High School Jazz Band will perform at the stage, followed by Johnny Races and Kid Water Fights at 2 p.m. in front of fire station.

From 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy the pleasant mix of vintage and current songs performed by the Back Roads Trio at the stage. While listening to the Backroads Trio, you’ll hear hits from CCR, Marshall Tucker, Jimmy Buffet, the Drifters, perhaps a country tune from Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson and other contemporary artists, as their musical tastes include light rock, rock, country, bluegrass, and other great songs.

The Lion’s and Legion raffle drawing at 6 p.m., with over 20 prizes donated by local businesses, closes out the busy weekend. All weekend, the Craft Show at the Shannon Fire Station, Skinner Amusement carnival rides, and a variety of food vendors that include the Lanark Vets Mess Hall, RetroFry Concessions, Shannon’s Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream, Blarney Stone Popcorn, Willstead Novelties Louisiana Snowballs, EHS Junior class stand, and those famous Shannon Lion’s and Legion Elephant Ears and Cheese Curds.

Contact Valerie or Brad Woessner at or 815-864-2658 for parade and other information

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