Frantic frogs, beautiful babies and much more are on tap for the Flat Rock Homecoming Festival this weekend.
The annual event is just part of the festivities around the county, which also include the Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show and several fundraisers.
Flat Rock Homecoming
Activities get underway at 6 p.m. Friday when food, craft and flea market booths open at Flat Rock Park.
Also, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, a hot rod and hot bike show, sponsored by Flat Rock Fire Fighters and Crawford County ABATE, will take place at the park. The R2K band will perform on the park bandstand during the car show.
Saturday events start with the annual Masonic Lodge pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. in the lodge basement east of the park.
Food, craft and flea market booths re-open 8 a.m. and the annual parade steps off at 10 a.m. This year's theme is "Flat Rock Rocks."
The flag-raising ceremonies and a cake walk hosted by TOPS are 10:30 a.m. The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Flat Rock Fire Department.
Fifth Street Revival performs from 11 a.m. to noon. Prize drawings and a corn hole tournament hosted by the Masons are at noon.
Curt Goodwine performs from 1 to 2 p.m. and the annual frog jumping contest is 2 to 3 p.m. It is followed by more prize drawings and children's games until 3:30 p.m.
Singer Hunter Allen takes the stage from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the baby contest, for little ones ages birth to 12 months, from 5 to 6 p.m.
There will be drawings for cash prizes at 6 and 8:30 p.m. The Battle Creek Band performs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and fireworks cap off the evening at 9 p.m.
Community church services in the park, hosted by the Free Methodist Church, are 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
For further info on the festival call 584-3456 or 584-3300.
Antique tractors, garage sales and more
Meanwhile, several events are planned for Oblong this weekend.
The annual Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show is Friday through Sunday at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Oblong. This year's featured tractor is the International.
Activities for the entire weekend includes a power house with band wheel, running antique oil field engines and antique tractors on display. Flea market and food booths will open at 8 a.m. each day.
On Friday, the tractor pull will begin at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the farm toy show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a toy auction at 3 p.m. The kids' pedal tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m.
The Parade of Power will begin at 1 p.m. in the grand stand area, followed by thrashing and baling. The garden tractor pull is at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, the church service is at 8:30 a.m. in the Grange Hall and the ninth annual GABS Car Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The farm toy show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A second Parade of Power is 1 p.m. at the grandstand.
Admission is $3 for adults and under 12 is free.
The annual Oblong Townwide Garage Sales is Friday and Saturday. For more information, call Joy Fitzmaurice at 592-4223, or email email@example.com.
Also Saturday, the Westfield Baptist Association will go door to door from 1 to 4 p.m. collecting food for the Oblong Christian Children's Home.
The Illinois Oil Field Museum will have a cookout fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum on Illinois Route 33, on the west edge of Oblong.
The menu will include bratwurst, pork burgers, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, drinks and dessert. The museum and displays will be open with a free admission.
Also Sunday, the Palestine Booster Club's annual Tanner Harvey Golf Outing will begin at 1 p.m. at Oak Glen Golf Course. The outing is a four-person scramble.
Entry is $60 per person which includes golf, cart and meal after play. All proceeds go to Palestine Booster Club and the Tanner Harvey Memorial Scholarship Fund.