Oregon will host the 43rd annual Autumn on Parade festival this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6.
Following this year's theme Haunted Harvest theme, entertainers will perform on Saturday on the courthouse square. Acts will include Fred the Vampire and Horrible Harry just. Frankenstein will also stroll the courthouse lawn on stilts.
New to this year's festival is a 93 foot long zipline operated by Kid Again Inflatable Fun Shows, located in the AOP Fun Zone.
A Volcano Adventureland inflatable and a ‘Lil Builders Toddler Zone will also be offered in the Fun Zone along with face painting, balloon artistry, and cotton candy. Activities will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wristbands are needed for entry to Fun Zone activities and cost $8 during the festival.
The Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall will also be on display both days during the festival.
The wall, initiated by Gold Star families and the Riders, pays tribute to Illinois military members who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. It bears the names, portraits, hometowns, ranks and dates of death of each service member.
The wall will be located on the lawn behind the Oregon Coliseum at the corner of North Fifth Street and Frankin Street. In the event of inclement weather, the wall will be located inside the Coliseum.
One of the new events for this year is a post parade show on Sunday by the South Shore Drill Team.
The post parade show will be held on Jefferson Street in front of the Oregon library.
Festival attractions include:
All vendors in the Food Court must be a local not-for-profit agency or be affiliated with one.
The Food Court has become a major fundraising event for most of the groups that have participated through the years.
Apple fritters, pork chop and rib-eye sandwiches, funnel cakes, bratwurst, hot dogs, and gyros are just some of the items offered.
Olde English Faire
Step back in time at Stronghold’s Olde English Faire on Saturday and Sunday. Merrie minstrels,merchants and artisans offering fanciful treasures are just some of the attractions.
Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Admission is charged — One-day pass: adults, 13 and older $9, youth 7-12, $5. Two-day pass: adults $14, youth $7. Children age 6 and under are admitted at no charge.
Tours of Stronghold Castle (just $1) will give visitors a chance to explore the Great Hall, the Library with a ceiling painted by Russian artist Nicholas Kasaroff, the Rumpelstiltskin room and, of course, the secret passageway hidden in one of the rooms.
A quilt auction will also be offered on Oct. 5.
No pets are allowed at the Olde English Faire.
For more information about the Faire, call Stronghold, 815-732-6111 or visit www.strongholdcenter.org.
Ogle County Historical Society
The Ogle County Historical Society will present Living History performances at the Ruby Nash Home and Museum, 111 N. Sixth St., Oregon, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Joanne Reisener’s will portray 10 different characters in Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology.
New historic Ogle County figures in the living history include Rita Mueller as harness horse racing’s famous “Grandma” Burright and Marie Ley as Laura Fessler.
Fessler, nee Sechler, was the motivating force behind Oregon’s historic “Iron Mike” water fountain and also effectively championed the violet as Illinois’ state flower.
They join John Deere (Jon Barnhart), Margaret Fuller (Sherry Piros), and Lorado Taft (Ron Colson) as featured portrayers.
The historic portrayers will also be featured in Sunday’s Harvest Time Parade.
For more information call 815-973-4773 or visit www.oglecountyhistoricalsociety.com.
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
This year’s show, organized by the Oregon Lions Club, will be held Saturday at Oregon Park East, just across River Road, east of Oregon.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. Each of the first 250 entries will receive a commemorative glass mug.
Visitors will see restored farm tractors as well as gas engine exhibits. Owners are invited to register by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Exhibits of lawn and garden tractors are also welcome. Great food, prepared by The Chana School Foundation, will be available at the site.
The Tractor Drive through Oregon will begin at approximately 4 p.m. All exhibitors will receive a commemorative “dash plaque”. All exhibits must be in running condition.
Entries will be accepted at Oregon Park East until 9 a.m. Saturday. Pre-registration is welcome but not required. Participants are invited to enter the parade on Sunday but that entry must be completed on a separate form.
For more information, please call Stan Eden at 815-732-7746 or visit www.autumnonparade.org.
Chana School Tours
Reading, writing, and arithmetic are just three staples awaiting Autumn on Parade visitors at the historic Chana School, located on River Road in Oregon Park East.
This unique two-room school, built in 1883, is celebrating its 130th birthday this year. It will be open for tours on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costumed docents will greet visitors inside the school.
The shuttle bus will run to the car show and Stronghold from downtown Oregon on Saturday only.
The shuttle fee for each person is $2 and includes unlimited use on Saturday.
5K Race/Fun Run
The 8th annual Autumn on Parade 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is set to start on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. One-mile runners will take to the starting line first followed by the 5K participants at 8:30 a.m.
Ducks will race down the “river” on Franklin Street, just south of Conover Square, on Sunday following the Harvest Time Parade.
Ducks, each carrying their own number, are now available for adoption at local businesses prior to the festival weekend. They will also be available for purchase at the Autumn on Parade Duck Hut during the festival.
The adoption fee is $5 each or a “6 Quack” for $25, where six ducks can be purchased for the price of five.
The top 10 chosen ducks will be awarded cash prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit the Autumn on Parade festival.
Autumn on Parade 50/50 tickets are available now at the Oregon Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets will also be available at the AOP Information Booth, located on the northeast corner of the courthouse square during the festival.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from the event benefit the Autumn on Parade festival.
Stillman Bank is the Diamond Premium Sponsor for the 2013 Autumn on Parade festival.
For more information, visit www.autumnonparade.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 815-732-3465.