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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Sept. 28-30, 2018

September 28, 2018 GMT

Family fishing day

CHADWICK – The Coleta Sportsmen’s Club’s annual kids’ fishing derby and family fun day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the club grounds, 21038 Pilgrim Road.

Derby registration begins at 10 a.m., with fish measured from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The boy and the girl with the biggest fish will win a starter tackle box. Attendees can fish any time during the day.

There also will be bingo, a 50-50 raffle, a BB gun shoot, animal displays, wagon rides, games, and an archery shoot. Food and beverages will be provided.

Call Al at 815-441-9049 or find Coleta Sportsmen’s Club on Facebook for more information.


Celebrate fall at Heritage Woods

STERLING – Heritage Woods invites one and all to its fall festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 2205 Oak Grove Ave.

There will be a craft and vendor market, booths for social service agencies, a petting zoo, face-painting, tractors, and concessions.

Local singer Denny Jacobs will perform from 10 to 11 a.m., Whiteside County Sheriff’s Deputy Rollie Elders will demonstrate his K-9 partner’s skills from 11 to 11:30 a.m., and the YMCA’s Silver Sneakers members will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to noon, promoting the benefits of exercises for seniors.

Admission is free. Call Deb Janssen, 815-625-7045, for more information.

Butterflies and the bicentennial

FULTON – The Fulton Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., and Andresen Nature Center, 409 N. Fourth St. Most activities are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and have an Illinois bicentennial theme.

At the canyon: Early American Crafters, music, native history and culture, presentations by a “mountain man,” “schoolmarm,” and blacksmith, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, and concessions.

At the nature center: Talks at 11 a.m. each day on extinct and eradicated species of northern Illinois, and at 1:30 p.m. on the center’s monarch butterfly nursery. Milkweed and other seeds will be given away, and old-fashioned kids’ games will be played.

Suggested admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children younger than 14.

Click on the “events” link cityoffulton.us for more information.

Go Into the Woods in Polo

POLO – Polo Area Community Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods” will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at at Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave.


Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for those 60 and older and $7 for those 12 and younger. Advance tickets for adults in groups of 10 or more cost $10. They are available at Polo Sub Stop, Polo Public Library, First State Bank Polo-Shannon and online.

Go to polotheatre.org for more information.

A dash of pumpkin to spice up your day

STERLING – The 27th annual Pumpkin Dash returns Saturday to Hoover Park, 3807 Woodlawn Road.

Kids 12 and younger will be grouped by age. Winners will get a large pumpkin and the first 1,000 finishers will get a small pumpkin, a bag of candy, a hot dog, bottled water and chips.

There also will be a petting zoo, bounce houses, hayrack rides, ambulance tours, face painting and crafts.

Registration begins at 9 and the first race at 11 a.m. Dashers must sign up at least 15 minutes before their race.

Admission is free; a $1 donation per person is suggested.

Call the Sterling Park District, 815-622-6200, or find Pumpkin Dash 2018 on Facebook for more information.