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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Oct. 12-14, 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.

It’s a street party!

DIXON – The West End Fest runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of West First Street, in front of Val’s Place.

Rockford Audio Drive is the headliner; performing after Boom Boom Room, Extinguish the Sun and Shadow of the Sun.

Tickets cost $5. Call 815-288-1171 or find it on Facebook for more information.

Toys for big boys and girls

PROPHETSTOWN – After 32 years, the Coon Creek Men’s Club is dropping its annual Farm Toy Show in favor of a “Last Chance” tractor and equipment show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in Eclipse Square.

Pre-1975 tractors, farm equipment, and Eclipse lawnmowers, made in Prophetstown from 1904 to 1961 will be on display. A short tractor ride will be offered.

Admission is free; concessions will be sold. Call 815-499-3531 for more information.

Singing Bird Chautauqua returns

FRANKLIN GROVE – “The Singing Bird Chautauqua: The Forest, the Trees, and the Autumn Leaves” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Franklin Creek Grist Mill & Interpretive Center, 1893 Twist Road, featuring nature walks, mill tours, live hawk presentations, food, music and a visit from President Teddy Roosevelt.

Admission is free. Call 815-456-2718, find it on Facebook or go to for the complete schedule.

Party at John Deere’s house

GRAND DETOUR – John Deere Historic Site’s Fall Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home off state Route 2.

There will be old-fashioned games, covered wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, blacksmith demonstrations, a chance to interact with alpacas and bob for apples, and tours by staff dressed in pioneer-era costumes.

Admission is free. Call 815-652-4551 for more information.

An artful Saturday

• The Corner Gallery Artisans Guild’s autumn show and sale runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 202 Fourth Ave. in Sterling. Call 815-986-8585 or find The Corner Gallery on Facebook for more information.

• The Eagle’s Nest Art Gallery at Oregon Public Library is celebrating 100 years of being home to the historic artists colony collection with an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. at 300 Jefferson St. Interactive performance art, kids activities and hors d’oeuvres are on tap. Call 815-732-2724, go to or find the library on Facebook to learn more.

• A reception for the Pencil and Paint Art Exhibition runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. in Dixon For more, go to or call 815-285-4924.

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