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Top 5 things to do: May 19-21, 2017

Adventure time for kids

STERLING – Outdoor Adventure Fest will provide free family fun from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, 2502 Ave. E.

Activities include a fishing derby in the pool, a free hot dog meal, bounce houses, a climbing wall, and more.

“Critter talks,” featuring native animals, also will be given, and each kid will receive a free T-shirt.

Call 815-535-9622 for more information.

A salute to the armed forces

OREGON – A World War II battle reenactment and Armed Forces Day celebration will be from 9 a..m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center, 1922 state Route 2.

Crowds will be treated to battle re-enactments both days, vintage WWII aircraft flyovers, a period-style USO show, vintage tanks, jeeps and motorcycles, weapons demonstrations, and activities for all ages.

Food and drinks will be sold.

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 12, and free for ages 6 and younger.

Go to or call 815-732-6111 for more information.

Jamboree jam-packed with tractors

OREGON – The eighth annual AJ’s Garden Tractor Jamboree will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the family farm, 1675 S. Columbian Road.

In addition to an impressive display of hundreds of garden tractors, the free event will feature hit-and-miss engines and other farm items from days gone by, rope-making activities, games, food, a garden tractor parade, swap meet, an auction that will benefit the Blackhawk Crossing 4-H Club, and more.

Admission is $5 per person.

Search for AJ’s Garden Tractor Jamboree on Facebook for more information.

Finding Sterling’s lost identity

STERLING – “Sterling’s Lost Identity: Imagine. Create. Innovate,” an exhibit on the town’s history of art and innovation created by local artist Mackenzie Hopping, opens Friday and runs through Aug 4. at the Woodlawn Arts Academy,, 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling.

An opening reception begins at 5 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Call 815-626-4278, go to or find the academy on Facebook for more information. Go to to read more about Hopping’s project.

A grace period from the past

PROPHETSTOWN – The annual Victorian Grace Spring Fling will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 315 E. Third St.

This year’s Fling features: Victorian-era photo shoots with elaborate settings, live demonstrations by artists, and free face painting and train rides for the kids. Les ’n Les will provide music.

Vendors also will be set up beginning at Victorian Grace Antiques, 215 E. Third St., and running down to The Eureka Inn, 108 E. Third St.

Find Victorian Grace Spring Fling on Facebook for more information.

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