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The weekend's Top 5

Sister Cities Oktoberfest

DIXON – The Dixon Sister Cities Association's annual "Kenya Come to Dixon's Irish Oktoberfest" begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the VFW, 1560 Franklin Grove Road. The Bratwurst Brothers, a German oompah band from Chicago, and Franklin Grove's Copper Creek band will perform. There will be German, Irish and Kenyan food, silent auctions and door prizes.

Admission is $6. Call 815-288-5165 for more information.

Fall festival in Fulton

FULTON – The Fulton Fall Festival will be Saturday in the downtown and Saturday and Sunday in Heritage Canyon. Most activities are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family activities will include inflatable rides, a petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin painting, games, clowns, balloon artists, and more. There will be food vendors and entertainment. A classic car cruise-in runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fourth Street and 13th Avenue. There will be beer gardens and bands in the evening.

Go to for a complete schedule.

Autumn on Parade

OREGON – The annual Autumn on Parade festival Saturday and Sunday features a market with items from more than 175 farmers, crafters and fine arts vendors, live entertainment, food, a kids' zone, a duck dash, a 5K run-walk, a 50/50 raffle and a parade.

Most activities begin at 8 a.m. downtown. There also is an antique tractor show and a car, truck, and motorcycle show, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only at Oregon Park East.

Two miles up state Route 2 is the annual Olde English Faire, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Stronghold Center. Admission is $9 for 1 day, $14 for 2, for ages 13 and older; or $5 and $7 for ages 7-12.

Go to for a complete schedule.

Riverside Cemetery walk

STERLING – Visit the veterans of the War of 1812 during a walk through historic Riverside Cemetery.

Pick up a map at the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society on the grounds of the Dillon Home Museum, 1005 E. Third St., beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, where award-winning musician Niel Shoffner will be playing his Native American flute.

The first tour begins at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery, where costumed presenters will tell tales of bygone days, and there wll be a demonstration on how to clean a weathered headstone.

The tours are free; donations will be accepted. Call 815-622-6215 for more information.

Mother Goose on trial in Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – The Performing Arts Guild presents the comedy "Mother Goose: On Trial!" at The Grove Theatre at Pinecrest Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, this weekend and next. Admission is $12 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission for adults, and $7 and $5 for K-12 students.

Call 815-734-2103 for tickets or more information.

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