Harvest Festival returns for 35th year
FRANKLIN GROVE – The 35th annual Harvest Festival will run from Aug. 1-3 in Franklin Grove. The theme of this year's festival is honoring Franklin Grove's musical history.
There will be garage sales in town from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 throughout the village.
There will be tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 at the H.L. Lincoln Building on the corner of Elm and Whitney streets, and at Franklin Creek Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Road.
AXEtravaganza is slated for 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug 2 and 3 at Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road. There will be axe-throwing, axe-forging and more all-ages events, for which donations will be accepted.
A free outdoor movie night will begin at dusk Aug. 1 on the field at AFC Middle School, 318 E. South St. Participants are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Entry for an art show will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. July 31, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at Winifred Knox Memorial Library, 112 S. Elm St. The judging will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 1, with the art show open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the library.
A fun fair is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Franklin Grove United Methodist Church, 223 W. Middle St.
Also Aug. 2, locals can find treasures at the used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, and a barbecue pork chop dinner is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion on corner of Elm and Whitney streets.
The festival parade will begin at 6 that night at the middle school. The band Destination Unknown will provide live music after the parade around 8 p.m. on the north side of the library. Attendees can bring lawn chairs.
On Aug. 3, Presbyterian Breakfast in the Park is scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a community church service from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Atlasta Park on South State Street.
A kickball tournament will begin at noon at the middle school.
There will be food vendors through the festival offering hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and more.
Go to franklingroveil.org or www.chaplincreek.com/summerharvestfestival.html for more information.