The annual Delavan Fall Festival is coming Labor Day weekend and will honor a late festival regular while it celebrates its theme: Celebrating the Decades.
The family-oriented festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday at Lake Park in Delavan with a carnival buddy night until the park closes at 10 p.m. The festival, which runs through Sept. 3, will offer a long list of old favorites, including carnival rides, bingo and vendor booths, as well as a food stand featuring the festival’s famous pork chop sandwiches. Community projects will benefit from the annual harvest celebration. For more information about the festival, contact Aaron Weyhrich at 309-840-0838.
“We always look forward to this weekend, a time for the community and friends in central Illinois to come together,” Delavan Mayor Elizabeth Skinner said. “I am so proud of all of the volunteers who pull together to make this such a great event in Delavan.”
“And it is so fitting that the antique tractor pull is being held this year in remembrance of Matt Rummel,” Skinner added. “Matt was a very respected person of our community, and I think it is just wonderful that this event is being named in his memory.”
Rummel passed away in December 2017. He had been a part of the tractor pulls for more years than most can remember and a long-time of the tractor pulls event chairman.
“The Festival board decided this year to honor Matt’s legacy by hosting the pulls in his name,” said Weyhrich. “Many of his friends and family will be helping, including his daughters with sign-in.”
Tractor pull registration is at 11 a.m, Drivers will meet at 11:45 a.m. and the pull will start at noon, all on Labor Day.
Saturday’s events open at 8 a.m. with a Prairie Bike Ride encompassing 23 miles of rolling farm country along the Mackinaw River with low use side roads and water/food stops. For more information, contact Gale Robison Kilbury at 217-341-2093. The annual fishing derby hosted by Delavan FFA will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Entertainment Saturday night will be a party in the park, including musician Matt Cobillas from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Waking Pauly from 8 p.m. until the park closes at 11 p.m.
Sunday is Kids Day and will feature an Usborne Books book fair all day, with 50 percent of all book sales going to Ayer Public Library in Delavan. A community non-denominational worship service will begin at 11 a.m. under the pavilion, followed by an ice cream social sponsored by Delavan churches. The annual 4x4 truck pulls at 1 p.m. will run to completion.
Entertainment Sunday afternoon includes Delavan’s Crosswalk Worship Team from noon to 2 p.m. The Dan Barth Old Time Medicine Show will perform from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and again from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The Gibson Girls will perform from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. The annual talent contest will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. To sign up for the talent show, contact Debbie Tomm-Woiwode at 309-244-8514.
Sunday night entertainment includes Sing Out Studios with Miss Maggie from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and Vinyl Tap from 7 to 9 p.m. A Movie Under the Stars will be from dusk until the park closes at 10 p.m.
Monday at 8 a.m. kicks off the 43rd annual Delavan Labor Day Road Race. A 5K and 105K Road Race will run simultaneously, as well as a Mile Fun Run and One Mile Walk. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. For more information, contact Race Director Walt Dare at 309-840-2073.
The annual parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Monday, with the parade lineup beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the school. Float judging will be at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Harriett Szadowski at 309-241-4479.
Entertainment Monday begins with Vinyl Tap from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dan Barth Old Time Medicine Show will perform from noon to 12:30 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. A kiddie tractor pull will run from 1 p.m. to completion. The antique tractor pull will begin from noon to completion.
Another old favorite Monday afternoon is the annual car show, with registration from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the show running from 1 to 4 p.m., with awards at 3:30 p.m. Jeff McGee of JD’s DJ Service is in charge and has provided music for the event for many years. For more information, contact him at 309-244-7178.
A Junior Firefighter Demonstration with the Delavan Fire Department is set for 2 p.m., a quarter auction at 2:30 p.m. and the Dan Barth Old Time Medicine Show will close out the entertainment from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The Festival will end at 5 p.m.
For a full schedule of festival events, visit www.delavanfallfestival.com/2018-schedule.