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Autumn on Parade in Oregon this weekend

The 47th Autumn on Parade festival will be held this weekend Oct. 7-8 in scenic Oregon. This year's theme is "Music Then and Now".

The heart of Autumn on Parade is its Farmer's Market and Craft Fair, located on the historic Ogle County Courthouse Square in downtown Oregon where more than 175+ craft booths surround the 125-year-old Ogle County Courthouse. 102.3 The Coyote will be there broadcasting Live Saturday starting at 10am.

The booths offer handmade, homemade and homegrown items as well as many other kinds of goodies.

Not a crafter? Don't despair . . . there is something for everyone.

On Saturday, antique tractors and classic cars will be on display at Oregon Park East, just across the Rock River.

Owners of Olivers, Farmalls, and Deeres are more than willing to share the history of their tractors and visitors won’t want to miss The Focus House Car Show.

Visitors can also tour the Chana School on Saturday, also located at Park East. This unique two-room school, built in 1883, is celebrating its 134th birthday this year!! Lunch will also be available on site.


Also on Saturday, kids and adults can take part in the Donut Eating Contest near the courthouse square.

Entertainers can also be spotted around the courthouse lawn.

On both days, the Fun Zone, located just north of the Courthouse Square, offers a place for kids to burn off some energy. Admission provides all-day use.

Hungry? Don't forget to stop by the Food Court, which includes a variety of choices from booths run by local not-for-profit organizations.


Want to take a trip back to the Renaissance? Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, once the home of Chicago Daily News owner Walter Strong, will host its annual Olde English Faire both days.

Tours of the Stronghold Castle will also be available as well as food and entertainment.

Admission is charged for this event which is located about two miles north of Oregon, along Ill. 2.

Most of the activities and vendors will be found at the Ogle County Courthouse Square located at the corner of Illinois 64 and Illinois 2 in downtown Oregon.

Join us for these events:

The 12th Annual Autumn on Parade 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is set for Sunday, October 8, 2017. Spread the word and come join us for another spectacular run. Stick around town for the other activities offered by the Autumn on Parade Festival! Registration is now open!

Donut Eating Contest - If you or your children love eating donuts, here is your chance to do what you love and make money. Casey's general Store has teamed up with Autumn on Parade to present our first eating contest.

Create A Canvas. Those participating in Create A Canvas portion will receive step-by-step instruction on how to paint a keepsake painting that reflects the fall festival. All the materials for the painting experience are included in the Create A Canvas fees.

Harvest Time Parade - If you love a parade, you'll love ours. Marching bands, clowns, and plenty of other entertainment, all at 1 pm on Sunday.

Olde English Faire - Stronghold Castle hosts the Olde English Faire (including tours of the castle) throughout the weekend.

Food Court - Apple fritters, pork chops, lamb sandwiches . . . they all can be found at the Autumn on Parade Food Court. Booths are run by volunteers from local non-profit organizations.

Fun Zone - Rides for kids make this a special treat for youngsters.

Tractor Show - See antique tractors and learn about the days of early agriculture in Ogle County. Saturday only.

Sunday Breakfast - Sunday, October 8th, 2017 @ the Coliseum // 7-11AM
Biscuits & Gravy w/ Sausage & Coffee, Video & Live Band Entertainment all Morning!
Sponsored by the Gathering Place // Suggested Donation $5

Sunday morning starts with a 5K race and a one-mile fun run.

Saturday, Oct. 7
7:00am - 5:00pm AOP Info. Booth / Store Open - Courthouse Square
8:00am -5:00pm Farmers' Market Arts & Crafts - Courthouse Square and surrounding streets
8:00am - 4:00pm Auto/Tractor Shows - Oregon Park East
8:00am - 3:00pm Oregon Library Book Sale - Library lawn Jefferson St.
9:00am - Noon Pictorial Stamp Cancellation - Oregon Post Office
9:00am Flag Raising Ceremony, Boy Scouts - Courthouse Lawn
9:00am -5:00pm Food Court Open - Jefferson Street
9:00am -3:00pm Donut Eating Contest - Jefferson Street lot
9:00am - 4:00pm Stronghold's Olde English Faire, Castle tours, entertainers. Admission charged - Stronghold Center (north of Oregon)
10:00 - 11:30am

10:00am - 102.3 The Coyote Live Broadcast
1:00 - 2:30pm Sightseeing tours on the Pride of Oregon Paddlewheel Boat. $10 fee Maxson’s Riverside Restaurant (north of Oregon)
10:00am - 3:00pm Chana School Tours - Oregon Park East
11:00am - 4:00pm Entertainment - Courthouse Square
11:00am - 5:00pm Kids Fun Zone Open - N. 5th St. lot
4:00pm - 7:00pm Spaghetti Supper - Oregon Fire Station
5:00pm - 8:00pm Create a Canvas - Light on the Hill Art Studio at Franklin Street Pub.
5:00pm - 8:00pm Autumn on the Vine - The Experience (305 W. Washington) 

Sunday, Oct. 8 -
6:45am - 7:45 am 5K Run/Walk Registration - Oreogn Park West
7:00am - 11:00am Biscuits/gravy Breakfast - Gathering Place Church, Oregon Coliseum
($5 donation)
8:00am Fun Run - Oregon Park West
8:30am (approx) 5K Run - Oregon Park West
8:00am - 5:00pm AOP Info. Booth Open - Courthouse Square
8:45am Flag Raising, Girl Scouts - Courthouse Square
9:00am - 4:00pm Olde English Faire - Stronghold Center
9:00am - 5:00pm Farmers' Market Arts & Crafts - Courthouse Square
9:00am - 5:00pm Food Court Open - Jefferson Street
11:00am - 5:00pm Fun Zone Open - N. Fifth Street lot
1:00pm Harvest Time Parade, 100+ musical, float and novelty units including the Jesse White Tumblers, South Shore Drill Team, and more!

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