Delavan Fall Festival: live music, great food and full weekend of
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[August 31, 2010]
The community of Delavan is gearing up to welcome visitors to the
annual Delavan Fall Festival, Sept. 3-6. Festival goers will be
treated to a wide variety of activities that appeal to every age
over all four days.
On Friday night the festival invites families to a movie under the
stars -- "Toy Story," at the Lake Park amphitheater -- while teens
dance at the pavilion to the music of DJ4U Greg Hackett. Fans of
local history and genealogy will enjoy the cemetery walk sponsored
by the Delavan Community Historical Society in Prairie Rest
Cemetery, starting at 6 p.m. Friday and repeated at 9 a.m. Saturday.
And again this year, the over-21 crowd is invited to celebrate the
beginning of the festival at the street dance hosted by local
restaurant The Farmhouse on Fifth Street. This dance will feature
the music of Mister Sister from Peoria.
Over the weekend the
festival will offer a total of eight live music performances,
bringing musical talent from as far away as Chicago and as close as
Delavan. Families with young children will particularly enjoy Lady
Bugs, a group of talented sisters from Champaign who inspire kids to
join in the singing fun. A new group from Peoria, Acaharmodies, will
offer multi-genre, a capella ensemble music that includes jazz and
rhythm and blues arrangements. The Central Illinois Banjo Club, the
Tremont Community Choir and singer-songwriter Jaik Willis from
Chicago will perform at the festival for the first time this year.
And hometown favorites Cody Diekhoff and the power folk band The
Great Waltz, featuring Matt Skinner, are returning to entertain a
rapidly growing number of local fans.
The food stand is back by popular demand and will feature the
culinary talents of Delavanites Nancy Behrends, Janet Zimmer, Cheryl
Hawkins and Bev Larson. Community volunteers will assist the ladies
as they bring the great taste of home-cooked sandwiches to the
The Lady Bugs, five energetic singing sisters from Champaign, offer family-friendly rock. They are one of eight musical groups
performing at this year's Delavan Fall Festival.
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The festival's 35th annual 10K race will start at the new time of
7:30 a.m. on Monday. There is online registration and chip timing
this year, and same-day registration will be available at 6 a.m. A
two-mile fitness walk and a children's fun run have been added to
this Labor Day event.
Also starting at a new time is Monday's festival parade. Kicking
off this year at 10:30 a.m., the parade follows Locust Street from
Delavan High School to Lake Park, the site of the festival.
Other highlights of the weekend are expanded carnival rides; a
top 40 car show; a talent show; stock, antique and kiddie tractor
pulls; a community church service; woodworking demonstrations;
vendor stands; ice cream social; and a Saturday fried chicken
dinner. The celebration concludes with a fireworks display Monday
Details about all these events and more can be found on the
festival's newly redesigned website,
If you are having trouble with the site,
click here for a complete schedule
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