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Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014 9:14 a.m. CST

Summer Splash in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – The ninth annual Summer Splash runs today through Sunday on the city's riverfront, on the remains of the Reliant Fastener property. The free fest includes a wild game (alligator brats, buffalo and elk burgers, pork, chicken, and more) cookout, activities for the kids, entertainment, vendors, and arts and crafts. Hours today are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

River Chase in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls River Chase boat races are being revived Saturday and Sunday. As many as 75 stock outboard racers, members of the Marine Racing Club of Illinois, will race from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Seward Park, on East Second Street. There also will be a bounce house for kids, raffles and a food tent. Admission is free.

These are the Days in Tampico

TAMPICO – Tampico Festive Days are today through Sunday. Highlights include a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday, music from The Funnies from 8 p.m. to midnight today and from Cal Stage Band from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and a Lions Club fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. today and Sunday. Go to for a complete schedule.

Still more Shakespeare in Sterling

STERLING – Shakespeare in the Park continues today and Saturday on the back lawn of Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. Sauk Valley Community College's Theater Department and Woodlawn present free performances of "Much Ado About Nothing" at 7 p.m. both days. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating.

Fourth Fridays in Sterling

STERLING – Activities, shopping and dining options abound during Fourth Fridays today in the downtown. Among the events are Lunch in the Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Big Red Church, 311 Second Ave., and open mic night at Bean's Coffeehouse and Music Cafe, 121 E. Third St. Go to for more details.

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