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New folk/bluegrass festival

FULTON – "Fulton's First Annual Bluegrass/Folk Music Festival" will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St.

Five bands are on the bill; crafters will display their goods, the ice cream parlor will be open, and D’s Smokin’ BBQ will sell rib-eye and pulled pork sandwiches and burgers. A free shuttle bus will run from the First Christian Reformed Church parking lot to the canyon, and transportation for the elderly and the disabled will be provided inside the park.

Admission is $5, or $10 per family, with a limit of two adults. Contact Bob Whitten at or 309-887-9210 for more information.

Juneteenth celebration

STERLING – The YWCA's annual Juneteenth Community Freedom Festival, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Propheter Park, 506 E. Sixth St.

It will offer live entertainment, a children’s fun fair, a community market featuring booths from local artists, gardeners, businesses and organizations, storytellers, a bounce house, balloon animals by Jeremy the Amazer, a barbecue, and chair massages.

Admission is free. In case of rain, the event will move to the Y, 412 First Ave. Call 815-625-0333 for more information.

Oregon citywide garage sales

OREGON – The annual citywide garage sales are on, today and Saturday. Find a map in Thursday's Oregon Republican Reporter, Mount Morris Times, Tri-County Press or Forreston Journal, or at Ogle County Newspapers, 121A S. Fourth St., at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Oregon Coliseum, at Oregon City Hall, 115 N. Third St., and other locations. A story about the sales also is posted at online.

Call the chamber, 815-732-2100, City Hall, 815-732-6321, or OCN, 815-732-6166, for more information.

Sterling Street Faire

STERLING – The new Sterling Street Faire will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of West Third Street.

For $25, for-profit vendors can get a 10-by-20-foot space on a first-come, first-served basis. Nonprofits can sell for free, and admission is free to shoppers.

Call 815-441-3916 or email for more information.

Free concerts today

Nate Gordon performs from noon to 1 p.m. today in Dixon Main Street's Musical Fridays Concert Series sat Riverfront Heritage Crossing. 

Tonight In Mount Morris, the Friday Night Campus Concerts series presents classic rock with the Bootleg Flyers from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Morris band shell, two blocks south of state Route 64 at the intersection of Wesley Avenue and Front Street.

Admission is free; concessions will be available starting at 6 p.m., as will vendors offering produce, plants and crafts.

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