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Top 5 things to do this weekend, Aug. 10-12, 2018

Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.
Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

Have a good Venetian Night

DIXON – The fifth annual Venetian Night returns to the riverfront from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The European-themed event will feature living statues, costumed jugglers, Venetian mimes, stilt dances, mask performances, magicians, and Venetian musicians, as well as face painting, a photo booth, Venetian cuisine and outdoor bar service.

Fireworks will finish off the night at 9 p.m., after an LED glow stick and hoop performance.

Call 815-284-3361 or find Dixon Chamber & Main Street on Facebook for more information.

The fine art of straw

MOUNT MORRIS – Artists have been clutching at straws, and the public can see their work this weekend when the third annual U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition opens at 6 p.m. Friday on the Encore! Mount Morris campus downtown.

The sculptures will be on display through Aug. 26. Go to for more information.

While you’re in the village, you can enjoy other weekend activities: Artful Threads, a fiber art exhibit, will be at Sandstone Gallery, 1222 S. Wesley Ave., Friday and Saturday; Illinois Rail will perform bluegrass jams from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Friday Night Jamboree in the bandshell. You also can pop by Pinecrest Community, 414 S. Wesley, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help the senior living community celebrate its 125th anniversary; there’ll be bounce houses, an ice cream social, music and more.

Car show cruises into Polo

POLO – The Chamber of Commerce’s 29th annual car show parks itself downtown, rain or shine, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all makes, models, and years will be on display.

Awards for the Top 50 will be presented at 3 p.m.

Other activities include a swap meet, trivia competition, music, and a 50-50 raffle.

Call 815-946-3131 or find Polo Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for more information.

All hands on truck!

ROCK FALLS – Big rigs, tractors, firetrucks and more will be ready for a show of hands Saturday at the annual Touch-A-Truck on the Rock Falls riverfront, near RB&W District Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free event will feature more than 50 vehicles from various professions that kids can look at, learn about, and of course, touch.

The Optimist Club will sell food, including Selmi’s sweet corn and there will be giveaways for the first 300 kids.

Find Optimist Club of Rock Falls on Facebook or click on the Touch A Truck link at for more information.

Carroll County Fair’s wrapping up

MILLEDGEVILLE – The Carroll County Fair may be wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean it’s winding down.

The fair runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds at 28374 Milledgeville Road. Admission is $7 for those 8 and older.

Friday events include chainsaw demonstrations at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., bingo from 5 to 8 p.m., Kids Night at the carnival from 5 to 10 p.m. and music in the grandstand by Brooke Byam & the PeOple at 6:30 p.m. and Lonestar at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s events include a garden tractor pull at 11 a.m., the Children’s Farm from noon to 3 p.m., pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m., ZOW live wrestling from 2 to 5 pm., comedian Vic Clevenger at 5:30 p.m., and the demolition derby at 6:30 p.m.

Go to for the complete schedule

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