First-ever Shabbona Day Festival to be held Saturday

SHABBONA – The inaugural Shabbona Day Festival will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in downtown Shabbona.

The fun-filled festival will feature games, live music, raffles, food, local businesses, vendors, historical presentations, a birds of prey exhibit, a nature walk and more.

The event will begin with the farmers and artisan market and town-wide garage sales from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a Civil War reenactment, Bid D’s Hotdogs food truck, Village Bible Church’s booth with activities, French trapper and period games, flintnapper and widdler, Native American craftsman, blacksmith, fiber arts and shoe/boot making. The Shabbona Fire Department will have a fire safety booth and a rubber ducky race, with tickets available for purchase at the farmers market.

The United Church of Christ will have a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5Bs Catering will have a pork chop lunch from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., there will be a dunk tank from noon to 4 p.m., sack races at 12:30 p.m., a performance by the Moon Shadow Singers Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow Drummers from 1 to 2 p.m., a pie-eating contest at 1:30 p.m. and live music by Gregory Hyde from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, email DestinationShabbona@gmail.com or visit Destination Shabbona’s Facebook page.

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.