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Letters to the Editor

Reagan Trail events were well supported

The annual Reagan Trail Days saw another very successful week of events this year. Running from Aug. 6-11, the events highlighted several famous Reagan sites throughout our town and showcased our beautiful downtown and Riverfront.

Thank you for your support of this great Dixon tradition.

And a huge thanks to our presenting sponsor, Midland States Bank. Additional sponsorship came from Dixon Tourism, Culver’s, Mama Cimino’s, and Venier Jewelers. Partnership sponsors were Dixon Park District, Dixon Public Library, Dixon Municipal Band, Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, Dixon Riverfront, Second Saturdays, and Sterling Federal Bank.

Highlights include:

Aug. 6 – The Cowboy Randy Erwin Show brought more than 150 people to an evening show in the Riverfront Amphitheater.

Aug. 7 – Ice Cream Social on the Riverfront brought 300 people to the downtown for ice cream and live music.

Aug. 8 – The picnic in Lowell Park saw 236 people take pontoon boat rides, and 300 hot dog meals were served.

Aug. 9 – The annual Gala at the Reagan Home had more than 100 people turn out for the awards program. The evening included free tours of the Reagan Boyhood Home.

Aug. 10 – The first-ever Beanblossom Music Festival brought just shy of 1,000 people downtown for a great night of music and food. Second Saturdays held its monthly events, too.

Aug. 11 – The annual Reagan Trail Days Municipal Band Concert had one of the biggest crowds of the year for the municipal band, with nearly 200 concert goers enjoying the sounds in Page Park.

In total, our events drew more than 2,000 people for the week.

We also had 142 volunteers donate 244 volunteer hours. Thank you for your support.

Note to readers: Josh Albrecht is the executive director of Dixon Main Street.

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