Festivals And Fairs

63rd Annual Antique Show

The Antique Show features over 50 unique antique dealers from all over the midwest.  Get your crystal and china repaired while you wait.  Get your items appraised on Sunday ($5 per item).  Enjoy the snack bar, register for door prizes, and park for free!  Entry is a donation of $6 per person.  For additional information please contact us here or call (815) 732-2219.

Sponsored by the Oregon Woman’s Club
Blackhawk Center, 1101 W Jefferson Street, Oregon, Illinois.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 24th, 2013
10:00 am – 4:00pm

The Annual Fields Project and Art Fair

This unique Fair features artists from all over the country who come to the Rock River Valley to live with farm families for nine days, drawing inspiration from the beautiful scenery as well as the warm hospitality of their farm hosts.   If you’re an artist interested in participating, please see their web site and go to the Visiting Artist or Regional Artist tab’s for more information.

On the last day of their stay these “Visiting Artists” are joined by our best local artists to show and sell their paintings, photographs, pottery, sculpture and other artwork at the Fields Project Art Fair.  Sculptors join the festivities to compete in a sculpture contest.  The competition in 2013 is the final competition for the Community Art Legacy’s goal of installing 10 pieces of art in the community in 10 years.   The winning sculpture will be enlarged to life size, cast in bronze and added to the public Oregon Sculpture Trail.  For additional information, applications as well as a more complete history of the Fields Project, please visit our web site or e-mail us.

The cultural treasures are not only created by the artists whose work is displayed in the Oregon area, but by the famous sculptor, Lorado Taft.  Oregon features two sculptures by Taft:  Blackhawk and The War Memorial.  Taft also created the fountain titled “The Fish Boys” located in Mix Park.  Take a walk on the sculpture trail and appreciate the inspiration that the Rock River Valley has provided to so many.  A self guided brochure that showcases these sculptures is available at the Fair as well as in many establishments in Oregon.

Join us at the Art Fair – visit our cultural treasures, see what our artists, both local and visiting, have accomplished.  Enjoy lively music, food booths, entertainment, and experience the best little Art Fair in the Midwest!   Hope to see you at Mix Park, 701 S. 4th St., on the last Sunday of June.

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Oregon Trail Days

This festival serves to bring attention to the Black Hawk Statue located in Lowden State Park, as well as being a celebration of Oregon’s Native American and Western heritage.  In 2011 the Black Hawk Statue celebrated its 100th anniversary.  Plans are underway to raise funds to repair and restore the statue, which is the second largest concrete monolith in the world.

There is a Cowboy stage and arena filled with all manner of Wild West Shows, cowboys and gun slingers, and a giant Native American Dance Ring with authentic performers in beautifully adorned regalia and drumming that can be heard throughout the area.  Over 70 Tipis fill the entrance meadow as visitors arrive at the festival.

Oregon Trail Days is held the third weekend in July in Lowden State Park.

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Ogle County Fair

The Ogle County Fair is held during the first week and weekend of August.  Participants in 4-H have the opportunity to share their projects and show their animals.  Daily grandstand events include a demolition derby and Big Hat Rodeo.  Carnival rides are available to enjoy, and of course there is plenty of cotton candy for all the kids!

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Illinois Renewable Energy Fair

The Illinois Renewable Energy Association supports sustainable energy development in Illinois.  They provide hands on opportunities for the public to learn about the benefits, potentials and uses of renewable energy and energy efficiency for our homes and businesses.  Each year they host an energy fair where exhibitors can share their ideas and tools.  In addition they have several workshops that weekend.  The fair is held annually at the Ogle County Fairgrounds during the second weekend of August.

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Autumn on Parade

Celebrate the Splendor of Autumn!   Autumn is celebrated with enthusiasm in Oregon at the annual Autumn on Parade (AOP) festival. Autumn on Parade features a Farmer’s Market, with homemade items from over 175 crafters/farmers and fine arts vendors, plenty of live entertainment, a variety of food, and the ever popular Harvest Time Parade held on Sunday afternoon.

Most of the activities and vendors will be found at the Ogle County Courthouse Square located at the corner of Illinois 64 and Illinois 2 in downtown Oregon.  The Autumn on Parade festival is held the first weekend in October of each year.

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Candlelight Walk

Oregon’s Candlelight Walk occurs every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  A kick off to the Holiday Shopping season, the downtown is decorated in festive style, Santa is available to find out the children’s wishes and horse drawn wagon rides are provided to those attending.