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Oregon Park District offers luncheon, rare public tour of Taft campus

OREGON – Plenty to eat and a great view of the Rock River are just two of the perks of a luncheon and tour of Lowden State Park’s Lorado Taft Field Campus.

“Thousands of people visit Taft Campus each year, yet many that live close to it haven’t been out for years or haven’t visited at all,” Oregon Park District Recreation Superintendent Tina Ketter said. “The campus is usually closed to the general public, but this event offers the perfect opportunity for local residents to visit.”

Baked turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, veggies, pumpkin bars and more will be served at 2 p.m. Oct. 21. A tour by Taft staff members will follow.

There also will be crafts, games and music.

The campus will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., so participants can enjoy the scenery, hiking paths, buildings and more.

The 141-acre campus at Lowden State Park on River Road, a mile north of state Route 64, is owned and operated by Northern Illinois University as an outdoor education and conference center. The Oregon Park District is putting on the event.

The cost is $15 for park district residents, $18 for nonresidents, if they eat lunch or not, and participants must register by Oct. 17 at 815-732-3101, oregonpark.org or at the Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. Fifth St. in Oregon.

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