With the many trials and adversities a
farmer deals with and goes through, just to put food on our tables,
the board felt it is time farmers are recognized. Currently, the wet
weather as well as the extremely dry conditions of last summer come
to mind as some of the obstacles in the farming industry.
Grand marshals named
With the theme "Thank a Farmer,"
the board of directors has named "Every Delavan Farmer" as grand
marshals for the 2013 Delavan Fall Festival.
honor is bestowed upon a member or members of the community each
year in recognition of their dedication of time and talent for the
good of the community. The remarks below were taken directly from
some of the letters received by the board and are the basis for the
Some of these family farms have
been in the family for many generations. My father has lived in
that farmhouse for 91 years.
Nearly every family in the
community has been involved with farming in one way or another.
influence by the Future Farmers of America created a love for
the many different fields of agriculture and his involvement in
the farming community.
These farmers and agricultural
leaders will be recognized and honored at the Delavan Fall Festival
during the Labor Day weekend and will be seen riding in the festival
parade on Sept. 2. They will also be seen around the park throughout
the weekend, participating in various activities and continuing to
serve the Delavan community. So, when you see a farmer, remember to
"Thank a Farmer."
The website for the Delavan Fall
Festival has been "under construction," as they say in Web lingo.
Entry forms are being updated and other items are being added daily.
For all the latest news regarding this year's festival, keep
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Donations and sponsorships now being
Donations and sponsorships are now
being accepted to support the festival. The annual event operates on
a budget of approximately $30,000. Donations from many individuals,
businesses and organizations are what make the festival possible.
If you want your donation earmarked
for a particular event, you may designate it in the memo part of
your check. If no designation is given, money will go toward the
general operations fund for the festival.
The fall festival is successful
each year because of the continued support of businesses and
individuals in the community.
Donations and sponsorships may be
mailed to: Delavan Fall Festival, P.O. Box 473, Delavan, IL 61734.
Booth space available
Applications are now available for
vendor booth spaces, craft sales, game activities, food booths and
flea market items. All groups, organizations and individuals are
welcome. The festival board encourages new exhibitors to get
involved, and there is still plenty of room to do so.
Exhibitors may set up on Friday
afternoon or evening, Aug. 30, and tear down on Monday evening,
If interested, contact Doris Higdon
at 309-244-8894. For further information, you may also write to
Delavan Fall Festival, P.O. Box 473, Delavan, IL 61734; or email