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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Oct. 13-15, 2017

Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.
Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

Want to hear music? Head West

DIXON – West End Fest returns from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. The event had been scheduled to take place downtown on West First Street, but was moved to the theater due to the weather.

In addition to live music, the rock ’n’ roll festival features food and funky vendors.

Shadow of the Sun, Extinguish the Sun, AudioDrive, Catfight, and The Breakfast Club will perform.

Admission is $5. Call 815-284-3361 for more information.

Festival fun in at John Deere

GRAND DETOUR – The Fall Festival returns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St.

Guests can decorate pumpkins, bob for apples, play old-fashioned games, and tour the grounds and exhibits. Covered wagon rides will be offered until 2 p.m., and people can interact with alpacas.

Staff will be dressed in pioneer-era costumes, and an area will be set up where people can take photos.

Call 815-652-4551 for more information.

Pork, Pink Heals, PFD and more in Polo

POLO – The Polo Fire Department’s annual hog roast and open house runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 206 S. Franklin Ave.

Firefighters and Polo Cub Scouts will serve roast pork and all the trimmings. Donations for the meal will be accepted at the door.

Safety and auto extrication demonstrations will be held, and a children's obstacle course will be set up. Pink Heals of Sauk Valley also will be on hand.

Tractors big and small

PROPHETSTOWN – The Coon Creek Men’s Club of Prophetstown and the Prophetstown High School FFA’s 32nd annual Farm Toy Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the school, 310 W. Riverside Drive.

The show will feature farm toys, trucks, cars and collectibles, and special toy displays and exhibits. Also rolling in: a large outdoor display of classic farm tractors and equipment, including Eclipse lawn mowers manufactured in Prophetstown from 1904 to 1961.

There also will be door prizes and concessions.

Admission is $2 for those 13 and older.

A Bird’s-eye view of nature

FRANKLIN GROVE – The Singing Bird Chautauqua, an afternoon of drama, stories, art, nature and more, runs from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Franklin Creek Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Road.

Lunch and a program, “Native American Tree Tails,” runs from 1 to 3 p.m.; tickets cost $25 for adults and $8 for students. Text 41444 and type “Autumn” or call 815-456-2718 to order.

Free events after 3 p.m. include a live owl program, birdhouse building, a wood carving demonstration, live music, pumpkin decorating and lessons on tree care. Food, crafts, books, and raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day, and there will be a silent auction.

Go to or call 815-456-2718 for more information.

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