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Harvest fest a feast of old-time fun and food

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 1:20 a.m. CST
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Jim Wolber, Jack Kelley, and Steve Catron play music at the Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival in 2011.

FRANKLIN GROVE – The 33rd annual Franklin Grove Harvest Fest, a celebration of the area’s heritage, will be held Aug. 3-5 in the downtown and at Chaplain Creek Village.

It includes villagewide yard sales, tours of the H.I. Lincoln Building, an art festival, the Living History Antique Equipment Show, a parade, tours of the Franklin Creek Grist Mill and of Nachusa Grasslands and other events in and around the village.

New this year: a “big-rig show,” proceeds from which benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital, a concert by the East Bank Commanders, a 14-piece jazz band, after Saturday’s parade, and a weekend-long emphasis on honoring area veterans, all of whom are invited to participate in the parade and in an honors ceremony Sunday.

In addition, the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society hosts many activities and events at Chaplin Creek Village, including a fiber fair, the Chaplin Creek Muzzle Loaders camp, wagon rides, live music and demonstrations of 19th century skills such as smithing, wool-spinning, basket-making, quilting and carving.

The schedule:

Friday

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Firemen’s Village Yard Sales, more than 50 participants. Maps available at area businesses and sales.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Art show in the Winifred Knox Memorial Library on Elm Street.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Quilt show at Meadows, 501 N. State St.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ice cream social at Meadows. Proceeds benefit Shining Star.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages sold by AFC football at the Village Hall on South Street.

Saturday

7 to 11 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at Church of the Brethren on North Street.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Firemen’s Village Yard Sales, with more than 50 participants. Maps available at area businesses and sales.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Living History Antique Equipment Show, LHAEA show grounds on Whitney Road. There will be demonstrations starting at 9 a.m., a petting zoo that opens at 10 a.m.; a straw scramble for kids 11 and younger at 11 a.m., and a tractor parade at 1:30 p.m. Go to www.lhaea.org for all the details.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Lutheran Church rest area offers beverages, snacks and toilets at the corner of Lahman and Elm Street.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Talks and tours at Nachusa Grasslands, 8772 S. Lowden Road.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Quilt show at Meadows, 501 N. State St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Festival art show featuring Lee County artists in the Winifred Knox Memorial Library on Elm Street. Also a used book sale.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: “Historical” H.I. Lincoln store and tours of the building at the corner of Elm and Whitney streets.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Franklin Grove Area Historical Society’s Chaplin Creek Historical Village on Whitney Road. Fiber fair; 19th century prairie village; muzzle loaders; archery demonstrations; live music; concessions.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Franklin Creek Grist Mill tours and grinding demonstration on Twist Road at the end of Old Mill Road.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages sold by AFC football at the Village Hall on South Street.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Fun Fair at Franklin Grove United Methodist Church, at the corner of Middle and North State streets, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; brats and hot dogs sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free root beer floats at 2:30 p.m.; pie auction at 3 p.m.

Noon to 6 p.m.: Big rig show at Atkinson Trucking, at the corner of North State Street and U.S. Route 38.

1 to 4 p.m.: Beanbag tournament at Atlasta Park on South State Street. $40 for a 2-person team.

4 to 6:30 p.m.: BBQ pork chop dinner at the American Legion, at the corner of Elm and Whitney streets.

6 p.m.: Registration and lineup for the parade at AFC Middle School on East South Street. All veterans invited to participate.

7 p.m.: Parade begins. The route: Lahman west, Walnut south, Hughes west, Elm north, Whitney east, disperse on Sycamore. After the parade, the East Bank Commanders, a 14-piece jazz band, will perform at Elm and South Street (bring seating).

Sunday

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Presbyterian breakfast in Atlasta Park on South State Street.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Living History Antique Equipment Show, LHAEA show grounds on Whitney Road. There will be demonstrations starting at 9 a.m., a petting zoo that opens at 10 a.m.; a straw scramble for kids 11 and younger at 11 a.m., and a tractor parade at 1:30 p.m. Go to www.lhaea.org for all the details.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Community church service (bring seating) in Atlasta Park.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Presbyterian breakfast continues.

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Firemen’s Village Yard Sales with more than 50 participants. Maps available at area businesses and sales.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Talks and tours at Nachusa Grasslands, 8772 S. Lowden Road.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Quilt show at Meadows, 501 N. State St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Franklin Grove Area Historical Society’s Chaplin Creek Historical Village on Whitney Road. Fiber fair; 19th century prairie village; muzzle loaders; archery demonstrations; live music; concessions.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Franklin Creek Grist Mill tours and grinding demonstration on Twist Road at the end of Old Mill Road.

Noon to 4 p.m.: “Historical” H.I. Lincoln store and tours of the building at the corner of Elm and Whitney Street.

Noon: All ages kickball tournament, AFC Middle School on East South Street. $25 per team of up to 10 people.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Women’s Club ice cream social in the shelter at Atlasta Park on South State Street.

6:30 p.m.: Closing ceremonies and concert (bring seating) at Atlasta Park on South State Street. There will be a recognition of veterans, raffle drawings, music from the Community Choir, and more.

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