Head out on the Reagan Trail (Days)
DIXON – The annual Reagan Trail Days begin this weekend with a Sunday by the River event along the Riverfront. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with music by Dirt Simple at 4:30 p.m., Olivia Dvorak and her band at 6:45 p.m., and Danika Holmes at 9 p.m. Food from local vendors and drinks from The Crystal Cork will be available. Tickets cost $5, or free with a Lyle Lovett concert ticket for the Monday night show. Get tickets at The Crystal Cork or Dixon Main Street, or at thecrystalcork.com.
Take in the Ogle County Fair
OREGON – The Ogle County Fair continues today through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road. Gates will open at 7 a.m. today and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The carnival will be from 3 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Check the grandstand for Big Hat Rodeo tonight and the demolition derby on Saturday. Go to oglecountyfair.com for more details.
Relive history in Grand Detour
GRAND DETOUR – The John Deere Historic Site will host the biennial Hammer-In from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It's a celebration of the event's 50th anniversary, with blacksmiths, basket weavers, broom makers, gunsmiths, wheelwrights and woodwrights demonstrating their skills and selling their wares. A charitable auction will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for children 11 and younger, and $5 for everyone else.
Festival time in Franklin Grove
FRANKLIN GROVE – The 35th annual Summer Harvest Festival continues today through Sunday at Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road. A festival parade will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, and food and events are planned each day, along with various demonstrations at Chaplin Creek Village from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Ice cream for a good cause
STERLING – Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society will host an ice cream social fundraiser from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lincoln-Manahan House, 607 E. Third St. The menu will include a variety of homemade pies for $3 a slice, Culver's frozen custard for $2, and iced tea, lemonade or water for $1. For $5 you can have custard, pie and a beverage. Tours of the house will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Learning Center next door, 611 E. Third St.