5 things to do in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam counties: Beat ‘the dog days’ with these fun events

1 - Get a taste of the Illinois Valley at Centennial Park in Peru. The four-day event running Thursday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 8, features activities for all ages. Local food vendors, a kids fun zone, a beer garden and craft village are all part of the festival. No charge for admission is required for entry to the kids fun zone or to the beer garden. There will be musical performances 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

2 - Peruse the art displays at Washington Square in Ottawa. Art in the Park is scheduled 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 8. There will be 35 fine artists set up in individual tents in Washington Square. Artists from the local area as well as from neighboring states will have a wide variety of paintings, jewelry, wood, glass, photos and other original art for sale. There also will be flint chipping demonstrations and a free children’s art project.

3 - Catch up with some Putnam County history in Hennepin. Pulsifer House, the Meeting House, and the Agricultural Museum will all be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, on Old Highway 26 in Hennepin. The Putnam County Historical Society is celebrating the reopening of all its facilities after losing a year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4 - Bring the family to Pow Wow Days in Tiskilwa. There will be a kids tractor pull for ages 4-12 at 6 p.m. Friday and an ice cream eating contest at 7 p.m. at West Park. A beer garden will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a DJ providing music. Saturday will be full of activities beginning at 9 a.m. until 1 a.m.: a rug sale and lunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), to bounce houses (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), a beer garden, bean bag tournament (11:30 a.m.), water fights (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Quilts of Valor ceremony (noon), alumni picnic (5 p.m.) and a vendor and craft show (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The Pow Wow Days parade will start on Main Street at 10:30 a.m.

5 - Check out some classic cars and dance. The Seneca Cruise Night and Street Dance is scheduled 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The car show will be 4 to 8 p.m. on Main Street with Boomin DJ. The beer garden will be open 3 to midnight with food from 4 to 9 p.m. and live music 4 to 7 p.m. with Tom Edwards under the tent and 8 to 11 p.m. with No Decisions by the post office. Vehicle registration is 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Seneca High School, 307 E. Scott St.

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