Ottawa American Legion celebrates with Fall Fest

All-day event planned in Post’s downtown parking lot, proceeds go to Vets Home

A Fall Fest with music and food is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ottawa American Legion Post 33, with proceeds going to the La Salle Veterans Home.

The event is being held by the post’s American Legion Auxiliary and will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The centennial was actually last year, but the celebration was postponed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fest will take place in the post parking lot, 901 La Salle St.

Music will be provided from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by disc jockey “Travis.”

From 3 to 7 p.m. the band “Silverstrings” will perform popular country, bluegrass and rock standards.

Food items will feature a homemade Polish-recipe hamburger and chips for $4 and and a hot dog and chips for $2. Soda and water also will be available.

There also will be a pumpkin decorating activity for children, who can take their handiwork home.

An assortment of gift packages also will be raffled off to participants.

The auxiliary is made up of legionnaires’ female descendants, spouses, grandmothers, mothers and sisters. The auxiliary’s honors and achievements over the past 101 years will be displayed in the post’s meeting room from 1 to 3 p.m., where cake will be served.

“For the past century the auxiliary has displayed the highest level of community spirit and patriotism,” Post 33 Commander Tom Przbyla said. “Their annual community service projects include sponsoring a patriotic essay contest for local students, a children’s Christmas party and help with the sale of Memorial Day poppies.”

For information, call Post 33 Auxiliary President Jean Firlik at 815-326-1241.