This year's festival is Oct. 3-4 in scenic Oregon, IL and if Mother Nature cooperates, visitors will be in for a treat as they view the beautiful Rock River Valley draped in fall colors.
Here's a short rundown on what this year's festival offers.
The heart of Autumn on Parade is its Farmer's Market and Craft Fair, located on the Ogle County Courthouse Square in downtown Oregon.
Here, craft booths surround the historic Ogle County Courthouse.
The booths offer handmade, homemade and homegrown items as well as many other kinds of goodies.
Not a crafter? Don't despair . . . there is something for everyone.
On Saturday, antique tractors will be on display at Oregon Park East, just across the Rock River.
Owners of Olivers, Farmalls, and Deeres are more than willing to share the history of their tractors.
The Oregon Lion's Club is again coordinating this special show. Lunch will also be available on site.
Visitors can also tour the Chana School on Saturday, also located at Park East. This unique two-room school, built in 1883, is celebrating its 132nd birthday this year!!
Following this year's theme "Flashback to the 1970s
Watch out . . . you may see spiderman also strolling around the courthouse lawn.
On both days, the Fun Zone, located just north of the Courthouse Square, offers a place for kids to burn off some energy.
A Boot Camp Challenge obstacle course will be among other adventurous attractions. Admission provides all-day use.
Hungry? Don’t forget to stop by the Food Court, which includes a variety of choices from booths run by local not-for-profit organizations.
Want to take a trip back to the Renaissance? Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, once the home of Chicago Daily News owner Walter Strong, will host its annual Olde English Faire both days.
Tours of the Stronghold Castle will also be available as well as food and entertainment.
Admission is charged for this event which is located about two miles north of Oregon, along Ill. 2.
Sunday morning starts with a 5K race and a one-mile fun run.
At 1 p.m., on Sunday the Harvest Time Parade, featuring 100-plus units, makes its way through the downtown and past the courthouse square.
The Jesse White Tumblers and South Shore Drill Team are just two of the crowd favorites returning this year.
South Shore will also perform a post parade show at the conclusion of the parade on Jefferson Street, in front of the Oregon Library.
Wrap up the weekend at the AOP Duck Dash. Hundreds of ducks will be released for their swim to the finish line. Why not adopt one and cheer it on and maybe win some cash?
And here’s the best part—with the exception of the Olde English Faire, Fun Zone, and 5K there is no admission charge for our events.
2015 "Diamond Premium Sponsor"
Stillman Bank is committed to the communities we serve and we’re pleased to be the Presenting Celebrity Sponsor of the 45th Annual Autumn On Parade festival. As a local community bank, we strive both as a bank and as individuals to do our part to help make our communities better places to live and work – and that benefits all of us! Visit any of our six convenient locations in Oregon, Byron, Rochelle, Rockford, Roscoe/Rockton and Stillman Valley, or online at stillmanbank.com. We hope you’ll join us at this year’s Autumn On Parade and help us celebrate 45 years of this fun and unique community event.
Saturday visitors to Oregon's Autumn on Parade festival will find it easy to get to all the festival attractions by buying a wristband for $2 and riding the festival's shuttles.
Wristbands allow visitors unlimited shuttle access. The shuttle to Stronghold's Olde English Faire, located north of Oregon, and the Auto and Tractor Classic and Chana School, located at Oregon Park East, will operate on a regular schedule (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) departing from the United Realty Company of Illinois parking lot at the intersection of Ill. 2 and Ill. 64.
Children under five will be allowed free transportation with parents.
Make sure you check arrival and departure times at each venue and at the Shuttle Center.
Rock River Center will provide the buses for this year's shuttle.
(As it has been since 1970, Autumn on Parade continues to be organized
and operated by community volunteers.)