September 22, 2021

5 things to do in DeKalb County: Drum Corps International, Journey tribute band, country music at Hopkins Park and more

1. Drum Corps International heads to Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium Friday, Aug. 6

Get your tickets to Drum Corps International, a competitive marching band program, headed to NIU’s Huskie Stadium, 1245 Stadium Drive in DeKalb.

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The annual Drum Corps International is a competitive marching band program, and Friday’s even will feature teams from Genesco, Il, Dubuque IA, Madison, WI, Rosemont, IL, La Crosse, WI, and Rockford competing until 9:40 p.m.

2. Resurrection Journey: The Ultimate Journey Experience comes to the historic Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.

Resurrection - A Journey Tribute, considered to be ‘’The Gold Standard’' by which all Journey tributes are measured, faithfully recreates the experience of a 1980′s Journey concert. This dynamic and compelling band has featured some of Nashville’s hottest musicians, many whom who have performed, written, or recorded with the biggest names in the music industry - including Journey and Steve Perry. Every show is a brilliant reproduction of sights and sounds that captivate and transport audiences to the glorious age of arena rock. Fans across the country, including Steve Perry and Journey purists, rave that Resurrection - A Journey Tribute is THE Journey experience!

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3. Northern Illinois Steam Power Club presents Annual Steam Show and Threshing Bee at Taylor Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Road in Sycamore Aug. 12 through 15.

Bring the whole to Sycamore for the annual Steam Show, with admission $7 for adults, children and under get in free and senior citizens get in for $5 on Thursday. Tickets may be purchased at the gate, cash is accepted, and show admission is included in Club Membership.

A daily parade begins at 1:30 p.m., and the three-day event will feature a small scale steam railroad, a 4H petting zoo, a sawmill, flour mill, baling straw, and a 250 horsepower Corliss Steam engine, along with souvenirs, food and a flea market.

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4. Country music and gospel music concert at Hopkins Park on Friday, Aug. 6 at the Dee Palmer Bandshell at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb

The event is free and open to all, and bands and singers are welcome to show up and participate, and are invited to bring musical instruments.

For more information, call Gary Mullis at 815-762-5589.

5. Glidden Homestead tours

Visit the historic Glidden Homestead for a tour on Sunday, Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

No need to schedule ahead of time to partake in this history lesson.

Joseph Farwell Glidden’s invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!

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