Photo Gallery: Pumpkin Flotilla

Photo Gallery: Pumpkin Flotilla

Take a look at how the Heritage Harbor employees pull off Saturday night's illuminated Pumpkin Flotilla, using homemade skiffs topped with hand-carved jack-o-lanterns! The daylong Pumpkin Flotilla Festival included a craft fair, carnival games, food vendors, a Zombie Fun Run, a p…
Sightseeing: Dozens of Jack-o'-lanterns to float on harbor

Sightseeing: Dozens of Jack-o'-lanterns to float on harbor

A whole host of family friendly fall activities will be happening at Ottawa's Heritage Harbor this Saturday. Come enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin carving contest, delicious food from food trucks, bonfire storytelling and much more! Here's everything you need to know about this year'…
PHOTO GALLERY: Utica's 50th Burgoo Festival

PHOTO GALLERY: Utica's 50th Burgoo Festival

Utica resident Steve Stout takes you on a photo safari of the city's biggest annual festival, Burgoo! This festival is more than just a celebration of the legendary pioneer stew, it's a huge two day family-friendly party that brought 250+ vendors, countless classic cars, live mus…
Burgoo: How a bowl of stew put Utica on the map

Burgoo: How a bowl of stew put Utica on the map

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of what has become the signature event not only for the historical society and Utica but, arguably, for La Salle County as a whole.It was anything but an overnight success.What’s new at the Burgoo?
A stirring experience: Burgoo turns 50

A stirring experience: Burgoo turns 50

The moon landing and Woodstock are sharing their 50th anniversary years with a quirky downtown Utica festival that attracts 40,000 visitors looking to try the pioneer stew and shop the dozens of vendor stands. In Starved Rock Country, 1969 is remembered as the year burgoo stew wa…
Witches Night Out: Cackling, contests and camaraderie

Witches Night Out: Cackling, contests and camaraderie

Do you have what it takes to win a cackling contest? Perhaps you're a gifted designer when it comes to witch costumes. You can also win a prize for that. Not much into contests? That's OK, too.Organizers strongly encourage purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are available for …
Family Friendly Fest Arrives At Area Orchard

Family Friendly Fest Arrives At Area Orchard

Nobody knows fall better than Boggio's Orchard and Produce, one of Illinois' best pumpkin picking and apple cider doughnut munching destinations. For the past 20 years they've been pulling out all the stops, hosting a massive fall festival on their farm during the last weekend in…
Illinois' biggest “Toddler Friendly” fest returns to Ottawa

Illinois' biggest “Toddler Friendly” fest returns to Ottawa

Ottawa's Scarecrow Festival returns this Saturday, September 28th, from 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. This family friendly street fest will take visitors across downtown Ottawa for a day of fun activities, crafts and snacks. Here's a look at what you can expect!Though most of the activities a…
Illinois' Largest Wine Fest Arrives In Starved Rock Country

Illinois' Largest Wine Fest Arrives In Starved Rock Country

Over 25 of the state's best wineries and meadiers will converge on the picturesque Mathiessen State Park, this Saturday and Sunday, for the annual Vintage Illinois Wine Fest. Here's everything you need to know before making the trip out to Starved Rock Country.Now in it's 16th ye…