Henry County Illinois' Tourism Bureau Sponsors Fun and Trendy "Love Locks" in Orion, Illinois

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Orion, Illinois is not thought often of as being a trendsetting, fad-embracing community; however, on October 20, 2012, the city will designate an official, “Lovescape Location", an official public fixture where people can lock a padlock in place, symbolically declaring and locking their love forever.

Orion, Illinois is not thought often of as being a trendsetting, fad-embracing community; however, on October 20, 2012, Orion, Illinois will be only the eighth state to designate an official, “Lovescape Location!” One might ask, what is that? A “Lovescape Location” is an official public fixture where people can lock a padlock in place, symbolically declaring and locking their love forever.

In Europe, love padlocks started appearing on bridges, fences, and poles in the early 2000s. The padlocks honoring someone or something have become all the rage in the cities of, Paris, Rome, and Dublin, and even appear on the Great Wall of China! Located in the heart of Henry County, Illinois, Main Street Orion is excited to bring to America’s Midwest its very first Lovescape Location!

The setting for the locks will be the backstop fencing in Central Park in Orion, Illinois. This back stop has been there as long as most Orion residents can remember, so it seems fitting and fun that a trendy, new, modern idea is located here, bringing Orion an up-to-the-minute event in which to participate!

Main Street Orion will be selling padlocks, which will be engraved with your chosen inscription. These may be used to commemorate a wedding or engagement, a birthday or graduation, used to honor a favorite pet, put voice to any personal commitments, used as a memorial in remembrance of a loved one or as a reminder to others of a past visit. Businesses will certainly want to commemorate their years of service with an “established on” date inscription. These locks are also known as Wish Locks in some parts of the world, wishing for love, money, or eternal happiness. The sky’s the limit for inscriptions and can go as far as the person's imagination and creativity.

In celebration of the Orion band shell celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013, a restoration of the historic structure will take place. Along with being trendy and on the forefront of a current fad, purchasing a lock will help fund renovations to Orion’s band shell, which is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

The special, one-time locking, brass padlocks will be sold by Main Street Orion over the next few weeks for $25 including inscription. All profits will be used for renovation of Orion’s historic Central Park band shell. The Locking Ceremony will take place on October 20, 2012. The locks can be placed in person or by a volunteer in an appropriate location on the backstop.

Become a part of Orion’s history, help preserve the band shell, and be part of a fun new trend! Call Main Street Orion at 309-526-8299 to learn more about ordering your padlock and be today’s trendsetter!

The Main Street Orion program is a non-profit, volunteer-based state of Illinois program connected with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which encourages renovation of community buildings, development of new business growth, and creation of a positive hometown image through community-oriented activities. The mission of Main Street Orion, an organization beneficial to residents, businesses, and local government, is to preserve the identity of our hometown. Main Street Orion recognizes and promotes the historic identity of the town through preservation, creating a positive environment in which to shop, play, invest, and live.

Henry County is located in western Illinois, between the Quad Cities and Galesburg, Ill. The fertile farmland is bisected by the Hennepin Canal and dotted with charming small towns replete with antique shops, bakeries, farm markets and country cafés. For information on a getaway to historic Illinois, contact the Henry County Tourism Bureau toll-free at 877-436-7926 or visit http://www.VisitHenryCounty.com.

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