Carnivals in Ottawa, Oglesby – Shaw Local

1 – Have fun this weekend in Oglesby. The Oglesby Summer Fun Fest, centered around Oglesby Pool, includes a beer garden, town-wide garage sales, craft and vendor display, carnival and bonfires. fireworks, as well as live music during a four-day festival. The fireworks are scheduled to begin Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

2 – Marvel at classic cars and/or enjoy the arts on Friday in Ottawa. Downtown Ottawa will be a busy place Friday as La Salle County Cruisers hold their evening cruise and car show from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout downtown. Additionally, a pollinator-themed Third Friday will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Madison Street with several arts and crafts vendors. An exhibition around pollinators will take place at the Open Space Art Gallery. The Lions Club Carnival will also continue from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lots just north of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

3 – Get nostalgic for Railroad Saturday in Mendota. The annual Railroad Crossing Day and National Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both sides of Eighth Street on the grounds of the Union Depot Railroad Museum, 683 Main St., and the Breaking the Prairie Museum, 684 Eighth St. The Mendota Museum and Historical Society is planning a day with exhibits and activities for all ages. This year, special demonstrations will include vintage corn shelling and rope making. The Old West Register Cowboys will be in attendance for the day, so always be on your toes for train robbery.

4 – Princeton’s Summer Concert Series kicks off on Friday. The first scheduled concert will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Prouty Building, 435 S. Main St., and will feature country artist Jake Maurer.

5 – Tribute to the families of the Etoile d’Or on Saturday in Marseille. As the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run involves hundreds of motorcycles going from Morris to Marseilles, they gather at the Middle East Conflict Wall along the Illinois River around noon to honor those who have died in the Middle East conflicts. Orient with a ceremony, paying special tribute to Gold Star families who travel from across the country.

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