It’s county fair time! Check out our schedule of upcoming fairs. Pictured here is Boone County Fair.

Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.

It’s county fair time! Check out our schedule of upcoming fairs. Pictured here is Boone County Fair.
It’s county fair time! Check out our schedule of upcoming fairs. Pictured here is Boone County Fair.


Boone County Fair
Aug. 5-10. Truck/tractor pulls, Next-Level Pro Bull Riding, demolition derby. Grandstand Stage performers include American English & Easton Corbin. Boone County Fairgrounds, 8791 Ill. Rt. 76, Belvidere, Ill.,
Carroll County Fair
Aug. 5-9. Ag Olympics, demolition derby, Funky Monkey Wrestling. Performer Tracy Lawrence. Carroll County Fairgrounds, Schell Park, 28374 Milledgeville Road, Milledgeville, Ill.,
Trivia (on the Terrace)
Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Trivia questions about superheroes, natural history, pop culture, current events, movies, books and more. Hosted by local media persons. Live music, food, cash bar. $20/$15 for Burpee members. Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-3433,
National Water Ski Show Tournament
Aug. 8-10, 8 a.m. See teams such as Mad City, Wonderlake and Rock Aqua Jays. Concessions. Free Admission. Traxler Park, RAJ Stadium, 600 N. Main St., Janesville, Wis., (608) 757-3171.
Winslow River Days
Aug. 8-10, Fri. 6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. Entertainment, softball, volleyball, tractor pull, kids’ tractor pull, petting zoo, pony rides, kids’ water fights, duck race, raffle, church service, food, more. 802 Mitek Plaza, Winslow, Ill., (815) 821-1316, (815) 291-4843.
Lincoln Douglas 5K and One Mile Fun Run
Aug. 9, 8 a.m. This 5K course challenges beginning walkers and experienced runners. Adults: $20; Under 18: $10. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square, 114 E. Douglas, Freeport, (815) 275-3139.
Freeport Cruise Night
Aug. 9, 7-10 p.m. Display of 60-70 antique cars in the Freeport Public Library parking lot, and two lots with classic cars. Antique car parade 7 p.m. Food, live music, burn-out contest, more. Downtown Freeport, Ill., (815) 233-1357.
Grant County Fair
Aug. 10-17. FFA and 4-H exhibits/judging, demos, grandstand shows, tractor pull, demolition derby, carnival, food, midway. Grant County Fairgrounds, 916 E. Elm St., Lancaster, Wis., (608) 723-2135,
144th Whiteside County Fair
Aug. 12-16. Ag Society exhibits/judging, Western horse show, harness racing, carnival, tractor pull, bingo, demolition derby. Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison, Ill., (815) 772-7329,
93rd Winnebago County Fair
Aug. 12-17. Carnival, midway, 4-H judging/exhibits, semi-tractor pull, pro rodeo. Winnebago County Fairgrounds, 500 W. 1st St., Pecatonica, Ill.,
52nd Venetian Festival
Aug. 13-17, W-F 5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon. Carnival, craft fair, water ski show, music, local cuisine, lighted boat parade, fireworks. Lake Geneva Jaycees. Flat Iron Park, Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, Wis. Info: (262) 248-6759,
MELD Golf Play Day
Aug. 14, 12:30-7 p.m. Scramble format, 50/50 raffle, prizes on course, dinner, silent auction. Prairie View Golf Club, North German Church Road, Byron,
Perseid Meteor Watch
Aug. 15, 9 p.m.-midnight. Discover the beauty of shooting stars. Bring blanket/lawn chairs, binoculars. Free. Weiskopf Observatory, 7993 N. River Road, Byron, Ill., (815) 234-8535,
Rotary Corn Roast & Mud Volleyball
Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mud Volleyball Tournament. Food and beverage vendors; free sweet corn. Children’s activities, live music. $1 in advance/$2 at gate. Traxler Park, Janesville, (608) 756-4591.
The Local: Burpee Summer Festival
Aug. 16, 7-11 p.m. Sample unique pairings from area breweries, wineries and restaurants; vote on favorite; prize to pairing with most votes. $55/10 for $500. Burpee Museum, Rockford,
33rd Annual Polish Fest 2014
Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-dusk. Enjoy a traditional Polish dinner; music & dancing; bingo; cultural exhibit; kids’ games; more. Free. St. Stanislaus Parish grounds, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford, (815) 965-3913.
Cherry Valley Days
Aug. 22-24. Food & beverage vendors, carnival, live entertainment. Advance button purchase $5, good for all three days; otherwise, $6 a day, $3 Sun. Bauman Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill., (815) 332-2152,
Lockwood Park Pro Rodeo Roundup
Aug. 22-23, 7-10 p.m. Big Hat Rodeo with bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie down roping, cowgirl barrel racing & bull riding. Advance tickets: $10/$6 ages 4-12; gate $12/$8. Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford, (815) 987-889,
3rd Annual New Glarus Car Show
Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Car, truck & motorcycle show. Downtown New Glarus, Wis., (608) 527-2095,
165th Walworth County Fair
Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 7 a.m.-midnight. Food, carnival, Big Hat Rodeo, demolition derby. Performers: Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Foreigner. Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, (262) 723-3228,
Carving Masters
Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. Bring gutted pumpkin and learn how to use tools to create your dream pumpkin. Adults must accompany children under 12. Nordlof Center / Large Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, option 2,
2nd Annual “Cruisin To The Dairy” Car Show
Aug. 30, 4-8 p.m. Old fashioned ice cream parlor with 1950s and ’60s music, cars and more. Music by 3-D Sound. No entry fee. Union Dairy, 126 E. Douglas, Freeport, (815) 232-7099.
The Company Picnic
Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Features one of Freeport’s heritage companies. Food, museum tours, entertainment and more. Adults $3; children 6 and under free. Stephenson County Historical Museum, 1440 S. Carroll Ave., Freeport, (815) 232-8419.
Labor Fest
Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Sat. noon; Sun.-Mon. 8 a.m. Teen mud volleyball, clowns, rock climbing, petting zoo, puppet show, volleyball, car display, music, beer garden. Parade on Monday at 1 p.m. from Milwaukee Street to Main St. UAW Hall Grounds, 1717 Center Ave., Janesville, (608) 755-5120.


Festival on the Rock
Sept. 5-7, Fri. 4 p.m.-midnight, Sat. 9 a.m.-midnight, Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Carnival rides, craft tents, bags tournament, food vendors, beer tent, live music and more. Fireworks Sat. at 8:30 p.m. Packer Tailgate Party Sun. at noon. Free admission. Preservation Park, 3444 S. Riverside Dr., Beloit, (608) 362-4612.
Heritage Days
Sept. 5-7. Tour historic neighborhoods and buildings, Beloit’s oldest cemetery, Indian Effigy mounds; events at Beckman Mill and Angel Museum; live music; old-fashioned crafts. Free admission to most events, donations appreciated. Locations throughout Beloit, Wis., (608) 365-4838.
Ladies Galena Getaway Weekend
Sept. 6-8. Pajama party, quartermania auction, Bloody Mary contest, Ladies of Courage & Commitment program, adventure tours, specials at Galena restaurants & shops, more. Various locations, downtown Galena,
Lena Lions 64th Annual Fall Festival
Sept. 5-6, Fri. 6-10 p.m.; Sat noon-11 p.m. Carnival rides, games, food, stage entertainment, parade Sat. at noon, BBQ Sat., and raffle for new car and ATV. Main Street, downtown Lena. (815) 369-4946.
Wilhelm Tell Festival
Sept. 5-7. More than 200 local volunteers in theater presentation. Yodeling, archery demos, ethnic food, outdoor art fair. Tell Grounds, east of New Glarus,
Screw City Beer Fest
Sept. 6, 1-5:30 p.m.; VIP Session noon-1 p.m. Sample more than 130 beers from American craft breweries. $25 in advance, available online only; VIP tickets $65, available at Kryptonite Bar. Downtown Rockford, Intersection of State & Main streets,
SCWBA Parade of Homes
Sept. 6-14, Fri. 2-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit new and remodeled homes in Rock County area. $6 in advance/$7 at event. Various locations, Janesville, Wis., (608) 752-8075,
Garden Art Auction
Sept. 7, 1 p.m. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, (608) 752-3885,
4th Annual Fish Fry
Sept. 12, 4-9 p.m. The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation host dinner with choice of cod, walleye, bluegill, or catfish. Silent Auction. Adults $15; Children 12 and under $10. Rock Hollow Conservation Club, 1931 Il. Rt. 75 East, Freeport, (815) 238-6895.
Pretzel City Brewfest
Sept. 13. Craft beer tasting; food vendors. Fundraiser for downtown revitalization. VIP (not available at the door): $50; Advanced general admission: $20; At the foor general admission: $25. Downtown Freeport, (815) 232-9000.
Rock River Valley Wood Carvers Show & Sale
Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free (donations accepted). Chainsaw carvers, vendors, demonstrations, raffles, concessions. Rock County Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville, Wis., (608) 868-4522.
100th Green County Cheese Days
Sept. 19-21, Fri. 4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m. Live entertainment, local/ethnic food, beer tent, cheese factory/dairy farm tours, Family Farm tent, vintage tractor show, yodeling, alphorns, polka bands & dancing. Downtown Monroe, Wis.,
Minhas Brewery Oktoberfest
Sept. 19-20, Live music, beer and food. Presented by the Minhas Family and Monroe Lions. Brewery/distillery tours; tastings. Minhas Craft Brewery, 1208 14th Ave., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-3191.
Jane Addams Festival
Sept. 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 5K run/walk on the Jane Addams Trail; arts/crafts exhibit and demonstrations; folk songs; lunch. Cedarville Historical Museum, 450 W. 2nd St., Cedarville, (815) 563-4485.
Fat Tire Memorial Tour of Lake Geneva
Sept. 20, registration 8:30 a.m. The 21.5-mile bicycle tour travels through Lake Geneva, Fontana and Williams Bay. Proceeds benefit Walworth County Alliance of Children. Info/registration: (262) 248-6008, Race start: Champ’s Beer Garden, 747 Main St., Lake Geneva, Wis.
Night Hike
Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m. Learn how animal senses work at night. Campfire; s’mores. Free. Atwood Center, Rockford,
Twilight Tours & Tastings at Milton House
Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m. See the Milton House as a fugitive slave might have on the Underground Railroad. Food; desserts; wines. Milton House Museum, 18 S. Janesville St., Milton, Wis., (608) 868-7772,
The “Pec Thing” Antique & Flea Market
Sept. 20-21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors selling antique tools, yard art, jewelry, stamps, postcards, furniture, glassware, arts & crafts. Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica,
Sept. 20-21, Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11a.m.-4 p.m. World War II era re-enactment; camps; vintage tanks; 1940s era military vehicles; realistic battles with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles and pyrotechnic displays. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 397-9112,
Beloit Autorama
Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. See cars such as Street Rods, Corvettes, Chevrolets, Street Machines, Muscle Cars. Swap meet; flea market; arts & crafts vendors. Preservation Park, Beloit, (608) 290-3628.
Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk
Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Stroll through illuminated paths; wine tasting; hors d’oeuvres; live music. $20/$15 members. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford,
Sept. 26-28, noon. Live music; food; cheese fondue pot; wagon rides; chainsaw carving; family fun. Downtown New Glarus, Wis.,
14th Annual SwedishAmerican Hospital Craft & Bake Sale
Sept. 26-27, Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits United Way. SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford,
Green County Fall National Tractor & Truck Pull
Sept. 27, noon. Badger State Tractor Pullers; food stands; live music at 8 p.m. Ticket sales benefit Green County charitable causes. Green County Fairgrounds, 2600 10th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 558-2316.
Rockford-Freeport Illinois Kennel Club Dog Show
Sept. 27-28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Show includes conformation (judging dogs per standard) and obedience. $2/car. Stephenson County Fairgrounds, Freeport, (815) 519-0130.