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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Fine turnout for Rhubarb Festival

  • It was another fine weekend for the Rhubarb Festival this year. Weather remained cool up until the thunderstorm hit in the middle of the afternoon Saturday scattering some of the late comers to the festival.
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  • It was another fine weekend for the Rhubarb Festival this year. Weather remained cool up until the thunderstorm hit in the middle of the afternoon Saturday scattering some of the late comers to the festival.
    By the end of the festival there were still some rhubarb pies left. "We sold more than 3,000 pies," said Darlene Johnson, founder of the festival. "We made more pies this year."
    Johnson considered the festival a success again this year. Friday's turnout continued to grow.
    The Fallen Soldiers exhibit at the Depot drew 323 people from 13 states. "Many people said they didn't see the sign-up sheet," said Johnson. Anyone who missed seeing the exhibit can see its duplicate at Bishop Hill until the end of June.
    The Vintage Button sold out 2,200 bottles of Rhurberry pop.
    The lightning forced the cancellation of the many of the Myrna Rae Dancers performances and many vendors beat a hasty retreat by the middle of the afternoon. Until the weather hit the downtown area of Aledo was packed with visitors from all around the area.
    Johnson said the Big Blue Tent ran out of items to give away on Friday about half an hour before they were scheduled to close. On Saturday the line for free rhubarb streets reached the end of the block at Central Park.
    Aledo Fire Chief Dennis Litwiler reported a good day at the firehouse where members of the Aledo Fire Department (and some from Viola as well), were busy flipping pancakes most of the morning. "It was a really good day for us," said Litwiler. "I think we had as good of a crowd as last year. It started steadily and peaked at about 8 a.m.
    Litwiler said the money raised at the breakfast goes toward purchasing fireworks for the Fourth of July display. "It costs about $4,000 to set off the fireworks each year. Other money raised from the breakfast goes to purchase different equipment.
    Big Blue Tent
    Johnson noted that several 4H members made 18 different pie dishes for the tasting tent this year.
    More than 20 gallons of rhubarb lemonade were made as well as 25 gallons of ice cream.
    "We made 1,800 meatballs so we didn't run out this year. That's more than double our previous order," said Johnson.
    Boy Scouts
    Aledo Boy Scout Pack 428 sat up the pinewood derby track this year for the first time in a couple of Years. Pack members Mason Meredith, Cal Brigham and Mark McKnight supervised the races. Dave McKnight the pack leader said this was a community service event for the boys. "We are trying to recruit boys 12-18 years of age to be a part of the troop. We'll be doing some camping, fishing and hiking."
    Rhubarb Run
    Page 2 of 2 - Sam Whan of Aledo won the Rhubarb Run 5K for the fifth year in a row with Sarah Dellett of Geneseo finishing first for the women. In the one mile fun run Camden Whitenack of Aledo won for the fifth year in a row and Kaylie Barker of North Liberty Iowa for the third straight year.
    Recipe contest
    Two sisters Bettie Monts and Mary Schrock won the pie and dessert recipe contests.
    Monts rhubarb pie graded out at a perfect 100 followed by Kiley Krogman and Jennifer Randozzo whose pies graded out at 85 each.
    Schrock's cheesecake won the dessert competition with Kate Denner's rhubarb peach beeline placing second. Randozzo placed third in the dessert category too with a rhubarb coffee cake.
    On a side note a pie made by Fran Riley sold for $200 in the pie auction.
    Big Leaf
    Five year old Cameron Kellett of of Aledo won the big leaf contest with a leaf that stretched 33 3/4 inches. He was first out of 15 entries.

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