5 things to do in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam counties: Activities to keep summer going

Events highlighted in Grand Ridge, Streator, Ottawa and Spring Valley

1) Head over to Grand Ridge. There will be plenty of activities beginning Friday through Sunday. A tractor ride in memory of James “Buddy” Naughton is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and tractors will be lined up on display along Burlington Street throughout the festival. Friday’s activities include townwide garage sales and a movie in the park; Saturday will have a kiddie tractor pull, water fights and other activities in the afternoon, followed by a live auction, beer tent and band at night; then Sunday will feature the parade, among other activities. For a full schedule of events, go to www.facebook.com/GrandRidgeFest.

2) Catch the classics in Spring Valley. A car, truck and motorcycle show is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday along the 100 and 200 blocks of West St. Paul Street downtown to benefit the Spring Valley Historic Association. All vehicles are welcome to participate. There is no registration fee. Music will be provided by 3D Sound. For more information, call 815-488-5490.

3) Enjoy one last party in the park in Ottawa before the school year. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday event includes New York Times bestselling authors Kate Hannigan and Amy Timberlake, dinosaur experts, librarians, Girl Scouts, free carnival games, local food vendors, a Prairie Fox Book Fair and school supplies available for teachers and families, all at Washington Square.

4) Celebrate Hispanic culture in Streator. DJ Garcia will provide the music and Taqueria Pantoja will have food available for the inaugural Sombreros and Stetsons event 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Park at the corner of Monroe and Main streets in Streator.

5) Test your knowledge of Ottawa. The Reddick Mansion Association is bringing back its Architectural and Historical Scavenger Hunt of Ottawa beginning 3 p.m. Sunday at the mansion. The scavenger hunt will begin at the mansion, where participants will receive a packet of photos and clues about architectural and historical highlights throughout Ottawa. Participants will have about 90 minutes to walk or drive around to identify as many photos as possible. The cost is $10 a person. Call the Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100 or visit its website, www.reddickmansion.org, for more information and to reserve your space.

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