It was irritating to recently read the Chicago Tribunes
picks for its Bicentennial Bucket List of the top
20 must-see events in Illinois for 2018. They completely ignored
all of the attractions in DeKalb County, and we have so many.
So, off the top of my head, I jotted down at least 50 events
I have attended over the years or read about in the Daily Chronicle.
I pared it down to 30, leaving out fundraisers and all the church-related
and historical societies offerings throughout the year
(with two exceptions). So dont feel slighted if your favorite
community event is not mentioned here. Just send in a news release
to the aforementioned newspaper, and readers can add that to
their bucket list if they wish.
The Winterfest at Russell Woods Forest Preserve would have
been on the calendar for January, but it was last week. So here
are some suggestions for the next 11 months.
This Jan. 7, 2018 article in the Chicago Trib Travel
Section totally missed major events that will be happening in
DeKalb County this year. Maybe the Convention and Visitors Bureau
should invite the Trib travel editor/writer out here for lunch.
But send the GPS coordinates so she wont get lost on the
way. (Copied graphic)
The Winter Horn Fest at Boutell Hall music building on the Northern
Illinois University campus Feb. 2 is the first pick on my list
chronologically. Second is another Boutell Hall event Feb. 24,
when the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs.
Not even trying to list all of the spring sporting events,
school concerts and theatrical and dance performances, such as
the Stagecoach plays, I jumped ahead to May, when the Cinco de
Mayo celebration in Sycamore is held. Then there is the Memorial
Day Mayors Breakfast and tributes in several communities
to our veterans, both living and dead.
In June, the Northern Illinois Art Show on the courthouse
lawn is June 2, then Genoa Days runs from June 6 to 9, including
the parade. Malta Days is June 8 to 10. A new event Balloons,
Brews and Blues will be June 23 at DeKalbs Taylor
Municipal Airport. At the end of the month, June 30 to July 1,
is Sandwich Freedom Days.
July is jam-packed with patriotic events Fourth of
July in Kirkland with a big parade and fireworks (July 2 to 4),
DeKalb Municipal Band concert and fireworks at Hopkins Park on
July 4, the July 4th festival in Shabbona and also fireworks
at Lake Shabbona. Then there is the Waterman Tractor Show/Lions
Summerfest on July 21. DeKalb has Kishwaukee Fest the week of
July 22, plus the Drum Corps Tour of Champions at Bob Brigham
Field on July 14. That draws drum and bugle corps fans from all
over the country. The Turning Back Time Car Show is another Sycamore
big draw from around the state. I am sorry to report the Kingston
Cardboard Boat Regatta at Kingston Park has been sunk by a lack
August is another busy month, with the Northern Illinois
Steam Power Show and Threshing Bee running from Aug. 9 to 12
north of Sycamore off Plank Road (wonder which day it will rain
this year), then the Ellwood House summer social Aug. 5. A fairly
new event is the DeKalb County Barn Tour on Aug. 11. Then there
is DeKalb Corn Fest, Aug. 24 to 26 downtown, and Genoa Pioneer
Day, Aug. 26.
September is full of interesting events, despite the start
of school. The blockbuster is the Sandwich Fair from Sept. 5
to 9 (always rains one day), then the Maple Park Funfest from
Sept. 1 to 3, DeKalb Kite Fest on NIUs North 40 on Sept.
9. Also, this month, Jonamac Orchard begins its fall schedule
of tours with a corn maze, pumpkins and cider, among others treats.
October has one of the biggest draws of the year with the
Sycamore Pumpkin Festival from Oct. 25 to 29 (expect rain one
day), but before that is the Somonauk Hometown Harvest on Oct.
13, followed by the Cortland Fall Festival and Parade on Oct.
14. NIU homecoming weekend will be determined after March 1.
November begins the holiday rush, but also some fine music
and entertainment at local venues. The Ellwood House begins its
holiday tours of the 19th century mansion, and then an open house
Dec. 1 to 3. If youd like to see 40 themed, decorated trees,
the Oak Crest Christmas Tree Walk is Dec. 9.
There are many more things to do that month, but I must
stop here. This county has so much to offer that no one should
be bored. Tell that to the Chicago Tribune!