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.
Pretzel City Brewfest
1 – 5:30 p.m.
Grass lot at the intersection of Chicago and Douglas in Freeport IL
Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (FDDF) announces a craft beer tasting in downtown Freeport.
The Pretzel City Brewfest will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 1 – 5:30 p.m. in the grass lot at the intersection of Chicago and Douglas.
Attendees can either purchase a general admission ticket for $20, which includes admission, 20 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass or VIP tickets for $50 that include one hour early entry, 30 tasting tickets, access to special releases, two souvenir glasses, bag, t-shirt, and koozie. General admission ticket price goes to $25 at the gate.
Beer vendors will be on hand to serve tastings of both local and national craft beers. There will be special flavor releases starting at 1:30p.m. Food will also be available from Main Street Bistro, Freeport Jaycees, Hungry Hot Dog Cart, the Elk’s Lodge, and Royal Pub. Entertainment will be provided by national touring band, and Freeport natives, Nathan Dean and the Damn Band.
Tickets are available for purchase online with a debit or credit card. www.pretzelcitybrewfest.com. Tickets are also available for purchase with cash or check at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, Royal Liquor and Fairway Ford.
Dixon Riverfront Venetian Night
The Dixon Riverfront will be turned into an Italian piazza on August 23 as art, music, performers, food, beer & wine, gelato, lighted boat parade, and fireworks will take over the banks of the Rock River.
The evening celebration begins at 5 p.m. and features a bounty of performers and food booths to enjoy. A special treat will be a special Venetian mask silent auction and mask workshop for children with master mask-maker, Jeff Semmerling from Chicago.
From 5-8 p.m. performers will treat guests to a great show at the amphitheater on the Riverfront. At sundown, the Lighted Boat Parade will launch and guest will be able to view the procession from the Riverfront. Boat enthusiasts can enter their own boat into the parade as the best decorated boats will receive cash prizes. Call Dixon Main Street to register your boat for the parade at 815-288-2308.
Following the boat parade will be a special fireworks display to cap off the event.
Venetian Night is free admission, but there is a premier parade-viewing reserved area on the Riverfront with a champagne reception and private entertainment. Tickets are available at Dixon Main Street for $25 for the limited-space reception.
Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park
Lyran Park, 4781 South Bend Rd, Rockford, IL 61101
5th Annual Blues Festival
$5 advanced tickets, $10 at door
Harmonica workshop with free harps for first 25 kids 10 and under
Steve Jones, 779-537-4006
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.
Rockton River Market
Date(s): 7/30/2014, 8/6/2014, 8/13/2014, 8/20/2014, 8/27/2014, 9/3/2014, 9/10/2014
Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m.
Settler's Park in Rockton, IL
The Rockton River Market provides a comfortable atmosphere to shop for handmade items, fruits and vegetables. Live local music provided for entertainment.
With plenty of food vendors, live local music to compliment the River Market, this truly makes Wednesday evenings at Settler's Park a place to bring family and friends for entertainment and relaxation. Stop on Down by the River Market!
Live Music Schedule:
June 4 - The Sensations
June 11 - Anthony Billups
July 2 - Fresh Hot Fritters
July 9 - Southern Charm
July 16- Pablo and the Rhythmix
July 23 - Flat Car Riders
July 30 - Vintage Vinyl
Aug 6 - Raised on Radio
Aug 13 - Lizzi Neal
Aug 20 - Trippin' Tarzan
Aug 27 - 3 Good Men
Sept 3 - Shades of Blue
Sept 30 - Four Wheel Drive
Hot Fest for Hospice 2014 - Salsa Cooking Contest and Music Festival
Noon - 11:00 pm
Verdi Club, 782 N Madison Street
On August 31st, Concepts for Charity will present Hot Fest for Hospice 2014 on the shores of the Rock River at the Verdi Club, 782 N Madison Street, in Rockford. The event will take place from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Concepts for Charity is a local, all volunteer, non-profit organization that raises funds for local causes through the production of events in the stateline region.
Since 2003, Hot Fest for Hospice has been a festival that raises awareness and funds for not-for-profit hospice organizations near Rockford, Illinois. Each year, hundreds of families are touched by the support and care of these providers.
At the heart of Hot Fest for Hospice is the area’s only Iron Chef style Salsa Competition. The competition features two-person teams who are challenged to make two gallons of salsa from scratch while the clock ticks and people cheer. The best part is that festival goers help by judging the teams in several categories.
This family-friendly event also features live music from the area’s best bands and fun activities for all ages! Look for future updates and details in the days ahead and be sure to check us out at the following:
Dominic Sawchuk and Dominick Squicciarini