Autumn Pioneer Festival
Date(s): 9/27/2014, 9/28/2014
Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Boone County Conservation District 603 N Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL 61008
Travel back to the 1800’s and learn about the lifestyles and crafts of the day. Watch a blacksmith working at his forge, talk to voyageurs, settlers and buckskinners. Explore a wigwam in the Native American area, visit two authentic 1800’s log cabins, a one room schoolhouse and 5 ethnic gardens. Enjoy the sights as you tour the grounds on a horse drawn wagon. Learn to throw a tomahawk, use a cross cut saw and play old time games. Listen to live music throughout the day. Sample apple butter and bean soup cooked over an open fire. Food vendor offerings include prairie chicken, pioneer fries, buffalo stew, pie and ice cream, doughnuts, popcorn, old fashioned root beer and lemonade.
These are just a few of the many fun activities offered at the festival. Admission is free. Donations cheerfully accepted.
Autumn Pioneer Festival hours:
Saturday, September 28- 9a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 29- 10a.m. – 4 p.m.
Boone County Conservation District
Byron Chamber ChiliFest
Cooking will begin at 10AM, gates open at Noon, Live Music begins at 1PM, Judging at 2PM and Awards at 3PM. The event will be held rain or shine.
Byron Forest Preserve Heritage Farm (7993 N. River Road) in Byron.
The Byron Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce plans for a ChiliFest on Saturday, October 4-Presentened by RE/MAX Professional Advantage. The event will be held at the Byron Forest Preserve Heritage Farm (7993 N. River Road) in Byron. Cooking will begin at 10AM, gates open at Noon, Live Music begins at 1PM, Judging at 2PM and Awards at 3PM. The event will be held rain or shine.
Teams will have the opportunity to compete for trophies in two categories – Judge’s Choice and Theme/Showmanship. There is no registration fee to have a team and enter your chili. All teams must provide all of their own cooking ingredients, cooking devices, utensils, prep and serving tables, heavy duty extension cords (electricity will be available), tents, etc. All teams must make at least 5 gallons of chili.
Admission to the event by the general public is $5.00/person (children 7 and under are free).
Attendees will have the opportunity to taste any or all of the chili available. Additional food will available for purchase during the fest as well.
Registration forms and a complete set of rules and regulations are available at the Chamber office, 232 W Second Street (City Hall) in Byron.
Please contact the Chamber office at 815-234-5500 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Janesville Irish Fest
Date(s): 10/2/2014, 10/3/2014, 10/4/2014, 10/5/2014
Janesville, WI. For complete details, see www.janesvilleirishfest.com.
History of Irish Fest
Janesville Irish Fest is a four-day celebration of the area’s Irish heritage and culture. It offers a uniquely, nontraditional festival experience through hosting events at multiple citywide locations. Local businesses, organizations and nonprofits collaborate together to present Irish-themed music, dance, food and family activities.
The year 2013 was the inaugural year of the event. The event idea evolved after booking the popular Irish band, Gaelic Storm, on October 5th and 6th in 2013 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC). The Irish festival was planned surrounding the popular band’s performance. Several community members from partnering organizations came together to expand on JPAC’s Irish band to expand the event into a citywide festival celebrating Irish culture in Janesville. It was an interesting fact to learn that Janesville has the highest percentage of population of Irish residents as compared to other larger cities in the state of Wisconsin.
The Janesville Irish Fest takes place at several locations throughout Janesville, allowing attendees to experience all that Janesville has to offer. In addition, the festival is family-friendly, setting it apart from other Irish festivals in the state.
The festival is aimed at promoting tourism in Janesville and Rock County, while providing local residents the opportunity to seek out fun, cultural entertainment.
For complete details, including a schedule of events, see www.janesvilleirishfest.com.