If You’re Looking For a Fall Festival, Illinois Has Got Plenty of Them
You may not be one of those people who bulldozes others out of the way with one shove of your Ugg Boot covered foot so you can be the first in line for a pumpkin-spice latte, but c'mon, doesn't nearly everyone love a good fall festival?
Answering my own question, I'm gonna go ahead and say yes. If you doubt me, then you may not know about the plethora of pumpkin-worshipping gatherings the state of Illinois has each and every autumn. You could hit a fall festival every weekend until the snow falls if you have a mind to.
Here are a few:
Oregon: Autumn on Parade is celebrating their 47th annual festival October 7th and 8th
Dwight: (This weekend) Dwight Harvest Days is a busy festival that includes a carnival, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, live music, and parades. It takes place in downtown Dwight and has been going on since 1979. Visitors most enjoy the car show, flea market, marathons, and various contests.
Marshall: (This weekend) Marshall Autumn Fest takes on a theme each year, and this time it's Welcome to the Jungle. The fair takes places around the Clark County Court House Square and features a car and bike show as well as live musical entertainment.
Huntley: (September 21-24) The Huntley Fall Festival, offers free admission, and guests enjoy live bands, carnival rides and games, fireworks, a car show, a petting zoo and pony rides, a beer garden, and much more.
Long Grove: (September 22-24) Long Grove Apple Fest, now in its 26th year, features an apple pie eating contest, live entertainment, and more. Admission is $5, though those ages 12 and younger are admitted free of cost.
Clinton: (September 23-24) The Apple 'n Pork Festival, will be celebrating 50 years this year and features food, craft, art, and antique booths with old-fashioned eats and activities that take you back to 19th century.
Grayslake: (September 23-24) The Farm Heritage & Harvest Festival lets you and your family celebrate fall in all the best ways at this annual event. It features barrel train rides, rope making, an antique tractor show, sawmill demonstrations, and more. You'll find this fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds
There are plenty more, but I only have so much space. It's safe to say that if you're an fall/autumn lover, Illinois has you covered.
However, if you're one who is happiest when all the pumpkins and such are gone...