Thank you for huge success of Scarecrow Fest

Thank you for your support of the Scarecrow Festival weekend. The event was a wonderful success with a crowd of more than 5,000 at the festival. Including the Here Come the Mummies concert and the homecoming parade, total weekend attendance was more than 6,000 people.

The event was bolstered by the cooperative efforts of the United Way of Lee County, as its agencies added to this wonderful community event, along with cooperative efforts with the Dixon Theatre and Dixon High School.

Event highlights and fun facts include the Doggy Zoo, featuring 80 breeds of dogs that brought people from throughout northern Illinois. Six hundred pumpkins were painted in just 3 hours, and $400 was raised by the Sauk Valley Bank dunk tank and will be donated to the Dixon Public Library. United Way featured 20 of its agencies as part of its kickoff event on First Street.

Local groups participating this year included the Palmyra Hillbillies 4-H, Lee County Master Gardeners, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sauk Valley Community College Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Reynoldswood Christian Camp, Immanuel Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, MOPS, Project GenNex, and several others.

Roxie’s, a new downtown retail store, held its grand opening. We partnered with DHS to have downtown windows decorated and to have the homecoming parade come through the downtown on Friday afternoon. The Here Come the Mummies concert at the Historic Dixon Theatre saw a sold-out crowd of more than 900 guests.

Scarecrow Festival sponsors were Hicks Insurance, Raynor, and Dixon Tourism. And our Here Come the Mummies sponsors were Supreme Cleaners, Lost Lake Radio, The Telegraph, Val’s Place, KSB Hospital, and Lance Refrigeration. More than 100 volunteers gave time to the events.

Note to readers: Josh Albrecht is the executive director of Dixon Main Street.