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Top 5 things to do this weekend

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Big finish to Carroll County Fair

MILLEDGEVILLE – The Carroll County Fair concludes with a flourish this weekend. Country music artist Tracy Lawrence will play at the grandstand at 8:30 p.m. today, following a performance by Rout 38 at 7. On Saturday's closing night, the demolition derby will be run at the grandstand at 7. Admission is $6, with kids 7 and younger getting in for free. The fairgrounds are at 28374 Milledgeville Road.

Reagan Trail Days wrap up

DIXON – Reagan Trail Days continue through Sunday. Weekend highlights include a free concert tonight along the riverfront. The 144th National Guard Band will play from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by the Dixon Municipal Band from 8 to 9:30. The Alzheimer's Association's annual Great Duck Race will paddle off at 10 a.m. Saturday on the riverfront, and Second Saturdays Art Happenings will add flavor to the annual festival.

Art on display in Grand Detour, Dixon

The Art of Green will be held Saturday and Sunday in Grand Detour and Dixon. Art from Walter Haskell Hinton, part of the Deere & Co. art collection, will be on display at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., in Dixon. Vintage John Deere equipment and collectibles will be exhibited on First Street, between Galena and Hennepin avenues, in Dixon. And there will be tours of the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Hourly shuttle buses will run from downtown Dixon to the site.

Jazz it up in Sterling

STERLING – The Rock River jazz band will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Grandon Civic Center in Central Memorial Park. The band will be joined by Steve Hawk, a professor of music at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Admission is free.

Farm Visit Day in Amboy

AMBOY – The Lee County Farm Bureau will host its 20th annual Farm Visit Day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The event provides the opportunity to visit a local beef and grain farm and speak with Lee County farmers. Buses will load at Woodhaven Association Nature Center, at the corner of Tower and LaMoille roads, in Sublette, and take you to the host farm. Admission is free, but a reservation ticket is required to board the bus. Tickets are available at the Woodhaven Association main office, 815-849-5209, ext. 216.

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