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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Pet Fest fireworks and more

DIXON – The Petunia Festival runs through Sunday, and ends with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. on the south side of the Rock River, near the 900 block of West First Street. Spectator seating will be allowed on both sides of the river, and on the Peoria Street Bridge, which is new this year. Synchronized music will play on River Country 101.7 FM.

Go to or call 815-284-3361 for the complete schedule and more information.

Let Freedom Ring in Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – The annual Let Freedom Ring Festival ends Saturday at the Historic Downtown Square.

Today's activities include a craft fair, food court, live music, a kiddie parade, water fights and entertainment in the beer garden. 

Saturday highlights are a craft fair, food court, and live music, along with family activities such as pony rides, a bags tournament, an antique truck show, a car show, and a hypnotist. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. in the beer garden, and the Mounder Party begins at 9 p.m. at the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive.

Go to or call 815-734-6425 for more information.

Fireworks tonight in Sterling

STERLING – The Sterling-Rock Falls Jaycees fireworks start at dusk tonight at Westwood Sports and Fitness Center, 1900 Westwood Drive. Admission is $5 a carload.

Call 815-718-5089 for more information.

Hometown fun in Walnut

WALNUT – Walnut's Hometown Celebration runs through Sunday.

There will be a beer garden; food vendors; live music; kids games; bags, softball, volleyball, and tug-of-war tournaments; bingo for seniors; a silent auction; craft booths; wood carvings; a vehicle show; duck races; a dunk tank; an antique tractor and farm machinery show; Cub Scouts Soap Box Derby; bed races; a greased pig chase; Tot-Rod Pedal Pull; and a coin scramble.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, and fireworks at dusk Sunday near Bureau Valley North School, 323 S. Main St.

Find Village of Walnut on Facebook or call 815-379-2141 for more information.

Music fills the Dixon air

DIXON – The Dixon Municipal Band presents its free Patriotic Extravaganza at 7 p.m. today at the Old Lee County Courthouse. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket.

Meanwhile, Dixon Main Street presents its Musical Fridays Concert Series, with free performances from noon to 1 p.m. at Riverfront Heritage Crossing. Ray Rose performs this week. Call 815-288-2308 for more information.

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