July – August 2014
Walleye is a feature for the festival with the fish being served daily. Plenty of entertainment, ice cream social, fireworks on Friday, kids games, a farmer’s market, tractor pull, car, truck and motorcycle show, 5K event and more. A large parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and plenty of kids activities and games available both days. www.lakeshelbyville.com/events/walleye.htm or 217-756-3248.
33rd Annual Show features tractors, implements, truck, cars, tool and engines, 25 years and older restored or un-restored are welcome. This year’s featured tractors are Minneapolis – Moline and Allis Chalmers. More than 200 tractors at the show. Model train and toy show, car sow, horse farming, Blue Grass shows, chain saw carving, saw mill, truck and tractor and antique tractor pulls, threshing and baling demonstrations, beekeeping display and a Sunday worship service. Donations of canned goods will support local food banks. See website for times event times. Grandstand and parking is free.
Musical acts for this year’s festival include Charlie Siren, four piece pop punk band; Kyle Henderson, a prolific songwriter with a style that melds blues, rock and soul; and The Cole Brothers who have toured with Tony Orlando, and shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and many more. Doors open at 1 p.m. for all-ages festival. Just $5 for those 13 and up includes great bands, art vendors and a taste of Sterling from a variety of food vendors. www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610.
Half of all proceeds go to “Santa Jack Bailey.” Last year Jack provided more than 2,000 toys to children in need and has dedicated his life to this cause. Food, fun, entertainment, drawings, singing contest. Trophies for best engine, best paint, best interior, best truck, best of show, best work in progress, people’s choice, Slaw Dawg’s choice and coming the farthest. No entry fee. Bring your lawn chair and come take a step back in time!