Henry County, Illinois Tourism Bureau Announces 41st Orion Fall Festival

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The 41st Orion Fall Festival will be held in Orion, Illinois, located in Henry County, from August 30th to September 1st , 2013. This celebration will feature many different forms of entertainment for the residents of Henry County to enjoy.

Henry County Illinois Tourism Bureau

During the 41st Orion Fall Festival celebration, there will be a pageant available for contestants to enter as long as they are registered within the Orion School District. Visitors are encouraged to attend and see the results first hand. There will be two categories, one for girls between the ages of six and eight and one for girls between the ages of nine and eleven. Residents and visitors can also enjoy a pie baking contest, carnival rides, arts and crafts, an ice cream social, and Bingo among other entertaining activities throughout the weekend.

Throughout the festivities over Labor Day Weekend, attendees are invited to show off handcrafted items, antiques, and flea market finds at the arts and crafts location. This is one of Henry County’s oldest and most renowned festivals. Participants can make their mark on the historical memory of this event by entering to display something they feel offers value to the overall festival.

On the second day of the festival, the Orion Fall Festival Parade will be held in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Central Park’s band shell. This parade will cover a distance of 14 blocks and will begin at one o’clock in the afternoon. Immediately following the parade, and in conjunction with the event, attendees are invited to participate in an antique tractor and car display showcasing some of the history of Henry County.

Visitors to the Orion Fall Festival will have the opportunity to enjoy a talent show put on by applicants from around the county. There will be performances involving music, dance, comedy, and all sorts of other entertainment. This event will take place on the third day of the festival.

One of the most anticipated events involved with the Orion Fall Festival is the annual pie baking contest in which the best pies from around the county will be baked and auctioned off to the highest bidder. This event is always loads of fun in which to participate and to watch. This is the kick-off event for the whole weekend of fun and is a great way to get a good impression of Henry County and its residents.

The Orion Fall Festival car show will be held on the third day of the festival. It has been named one of the top small town festivals in Northern Illinois and one of the top three festivals in the state. This car show will exhibit antique cars, trucks, hot rods, and corvettes from around Henry County.


About Henry County, Illinois Tourism Bureau
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 everything you need to plan a getaway, including historic sites, attractions, and places to stay, contact the Henry County Tourism Bureau toll-free at 877-436-7926 or visit http://www.visithenrycounty.com.

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