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Summer Splash fun for whole family

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Rhadonda Sedgwick of New Hope Church in Rock Falls shows youngsters how to make a gospel cross necklace out of a shoelace and beads at the 2013 Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce Summer Splash Fun Fest.

ROCK FALLS – Summer Splash, presented by the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce, will take over the riverfront June 27-29, on the remains of the Reliant Fastener property, where a new hotel and future development will be.

There will be activities and entertainment for all ages. More than 50 organizations are participating in the event.

Alligator, buffalo, and elk will be on the menu at the Chamber cookout June 27 at East Second Street and Avenue E.

Food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with delivery and pickups from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Deliveries are available in Sterling and Rock Falls. Diners can place advance orders until Wednesday. Visit to download a form for delivery or pickups. Completed forms can be returned to the chamber office, 601 W. 10th St.

All meals include chips and Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, lemonade, or water. Meals ordered in advance cost $6 for alligator brats, buffalo burgers, or elk burgers, and $5 for pork chops, grilled chicken, or beer brats. Walk-up meals cost 50 cents more apiece. Delivery costs $10 more.

An arts and crafts showcase, a business showcase, and kids’ activities will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the weekend. There also will be music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m throughout the weekend.

A cruise-in is set for for 5 to 8 p.m. June 27 for cars, trucks and motorcycles. There also will be a pub crawl from 5 p.m. to midnight in the uptown area.

Kid’s Day will take over the downtown June 28, with a petting zoo, face-painting, fire truck rides, and other activities beginning at 11 a.m. Martial arts demonstrations and live entertainment will run throughout the day.

A Culver’s custard-eating contest is scheduled for noon June 28.

Families can enjoy a variety of activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29, with a Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull taking place at noon. To participate, kids must be present by 11:45 a.m. Dance performances will run throughout the day.

Vendors, including nonprofit displays, small businesses, artists and crafters, can reserve a place for $25 for the entire weekend.

Volunteers are still needed for Saturday and Sunday events.

For more information, to volunteer, or to reserve a space, go to or call 815-625-4500.

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