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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Say thanks to Michael

DIXON – A benefit for Army Spc. Michael Shoemaker Jr. of Eldena, injured in an ammunition explosion in Afghanistan, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade that begins Dixon High School and ends at the Ronald Reagan statue on the Riverfront. 

Children's activities such as face-painting, clowns and a bounce house will follow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dixon VFW, 1560 Franklin Grove Road. From 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Rout 38, Robbie LeBlanc, Something Like That and Kenny Kent will play, and there will be 50/50 and other raffles; a Texas Hold 'em poker tourney, a silent auction and a bake sale.

Admission is $5 for 3 and older. Call 815-703-2548 for more information.

Summer Splash and antique tractors

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce's Summer Splash returns to the downtown Riverfront from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be a cookout featuring buffalo, elk, alligator, pork chops and brats; kids activities; vendors; crafters and more.

Go to or call 815-625-4500 for more information.

While you're in town Saturday, stop by to see the tractors, engines, and equipment that will be on display from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Long Shot Sports Bar and Grill, 3312 West Rock Falls Road/U.S. Route 30.

The annual Rock Falls Antique Tractor and Engine Show and Cookout also will have blacksmith demonstrations; tractor parts and equipment for sale; a playground and scavenger hunt for the kids; and a food drive for Sauk Valley Food Bank.

Call 815-408-0420 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.

Second Saturdays in Dixon

DIXON – Second Saturdays Art Happenings, featuring art, music and other cultural events, returns to various venues, mostly from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown, between First and Second streets and Peoria and Galena avenues.

Go to or find the event on Facebook for a complete schedule and more details.


BYRON – The annual ByronFest celebration, with a parade, carnival, car show, arts and craft show, quilt show, bags, softball, 5K run, beer garden and food, runs today through Sunday downtown and around town.

Admission buttons are $8 at the gate for ages 8 and older; Sunday is free. Go to or call the Byron Chamber of Commerce, 815-234-5500, for a complete schedule and more information.

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