The 22nd annual Rhubarb Festival is June 7 and 8 in Aledo. The event draws thousands of people each year and this year promises to be no different.
The Rhubarb Festival is a free event meaning there is no charge to get in and tastes the rhubarb or listen to the events. This is the 22nd year for the event that started in founder Darlene Johnson's kitchen as a rhubarb tasting contest. It has evolved quickly over the years and is now one of the biggest events in northwestern Illinois.
If you love rhubarb this may look like your own personal Heaven. More than 2,000 rhubarb pies will be sold during the two-day festival, more if they are available.
The best free event can be found under the Big Blue Tent where there will be a rhubarb tasting going on. Everything from wine to pie is available under the tent. It will operate from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Besides the free stuff there will be several food vendors set up in Central Park parking lot to satisfy a great number of people's taste.
The Aledo Volunteer Firemen will serve pancakes at the new fire station from 6 a.m. on Saturday.
The Masonic Lodge Fish Fry is Saturday from 11 am. until 6 p.m.
The United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
If you want to listen to music there will be entertainment throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday from 11 a.m.until 1 p.m. the Fry Daddies will play followed by Brian & Kodi Lynn Gaunt from 1-3 p.m. Karen Keener will sing from 3-5 p.m. and the River City Six will play from 5-7 p.m.
On Saturday Ellis Kell and the Whooz Dads will play from 10 a.m. until noon. From noon the Mercer County Jazz Band and Last Generations will entertain. From 2-3 p.m. Robyn Lee will sing. After 3 p.m. the Myrna Rae Dancers will perform for the rest of the evening.
What to do
On Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m in the Central Park parking lot there will be and antique/flea market and craft show. On Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. the courthouse square will be full of vendors. Over 100 quality exhibitors are scheduled to be set up in the courtyard Saturday.
There will be free trolley tours of Aledo from 9 a.m. untl 3 p.m.
The Mercer Carnegie Library will also be having its annual book sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m on Friday and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be a variety of kids activities including WQPT-Kid's Fun, a bounce house, face painting and more.
The Aledo Main Street Program is offering Alley Art for those with creative children That begins at 9:30 a.m.
The 5k Rhubarb Run/Walk takes off from the YMCA at 8 a.m. followed by the Litlle Sprouts run and the one mile fun run.