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Dates: Friday, April 5, 2013 - Sunday, May 19, 2013
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April 5-May 19, “IMAGINE THE OPPORTUNITIES”: MALCOLM EATON ENTERPRISES EXPO. Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 6 pm.  Local organization, Malcolm Eaton Enterprises, is featured in this Expo which showcases all of the many activities they offer. Malcolm Eaton serves people with developmental disabilities through a variety of programs where individuals learn vocational and life skills to contribute to the community.  The Expo features information and displays about their efforts, including their manufacture of Spirit Bathroom Tissue. Also see the classic car, a 1972 Buick Skylark Suncoupe, that is being raffled on their behalf. The Suncoupe is a very rare car; it had only one production year and only 3,950 were ever made. Raffle tickets are on sale at the Visitors Center during the Expo. The raffle drawing will be held on the last day of the Expo, May 19, at 3 pm at the Visitors Center. (815-233-1357)

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Dates: Friday, January 13, 2017 - Sunday, March 5, 2017
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January 13-March 5, ‘VICTORY REPEATS ITSELF” EXPO. Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 6 pm. “Victory Repeats Itself” is a photographic project by artist Amy Dreibelbis Fairweather of D + F studio depicting redolent perspectives of the modern day ‘Victory” statue that sits atop the 83 foot limestone obelisk Soldiers’ monument in downtown Freeport. The myth begins and ends as a social phenomenon involving the reclamation and regeneration of a community that was once in a chronic state of decline. As history would have it, the original “Victory” statue was created in 1869 by artist Giovanni Meli and erected in 1871 under the curation of General Smith D Atkins. At that time, it was the largest sculpture made in America, standing 13 feet high. The symbolic nature that “Victory” represented to Stephenson County was far more of an atmosphere felt rather than seen in the figure. “Victory” cast an atmosphere of dignity, value, a sense of triumph, passion, ingenuity and imagination that filled the hearts and minds of the people who lived and worked in Freeport. Industry was booming and entrepreneurship was at an all time high. The streets were bustling and the city’s progressive industry gave various businesses an international reach. “Victory’s” posturing was a brilliant mix of strong, confident, stern and imperious expressions softened with gestures of tender grace which was a curious inter blending of ancient and modern representing self reliance and justice. In 1960 an unfortunate turn of events happened and “Victory” was destroyed and knocked off its pedestal by a bolt of lighting. From there, the community steadily experienced a decline through the loss of industry, urban sprawl and defeatist attitudes. The decline evoked fear and a fixed grip from the curse cast on the area and this lead to a paralysis of innovation and growth for many years. The monument sat topless for 55 years until the efforts of the Civil War Monument group aligned and raised $120,000 to replace the destroyed “Victory” statue. December 4, 2015 marked the date for the erection of the new statue designed by Vincent Tolpo, a local artist. Since its resurrection, the City of Freeport and Stephenson County have been in a state of regeneration. Businesses are opening, the downtown is resurging, people are investing, the confidence is rising and the veil of darkness has been replaced with an air of optimism. This series was created to see ‘Victory’ from many perspectives and distill those vantage points into one prophetic story. It was created to invite the beholder to sense it’s original meaning and to mark the beginning of regeneration in the City of Freeport and the attitudes that make up the fiber of its community. Come experience the imagery through a combination of visual story telling and prose. (815-233-1357)

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Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
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August 8, 1ST ANNUAL FOSSIL FEST. Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery, 395 W. Cedarville Road, Freeport. 11 am to 6 pm. Start your day with Yoga in the Vineyard at 10:30 am. It includes one instruction followed by either a wine tasting or a glass of wine. Mats are provided.  Then from 1 pm to 4 pm, try rock painting or enjoy wagon rides through the vineyard. From 5 to 7 pm (or until they are gone), they will be grilling smoked pork chops. Yoga: $25; Rock Painting: $15; Wagon Rides: Free; Pork Chop Dinner: $16. (815-563-4665)

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Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
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August 13, 1ST ANNUAL GARAGE SALE EXTRAVAGANZA. Stephenson Nursing Center, 2946 S. Walnut Road, Freeport. 9 am to 6 pm. Support a good cause with all proceeds benefitting Memory Care at the Center. Vendor spaces start at $25 and businesses and individuals are welcome. (815-235-6173)

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Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
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September 22, 2012 HARVEST FESTIVAL. Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery, 395 W. Cedarville Road (east of the Village of Cedarville), Freeport. 11 am to 6 pm. Celebrate the 2012 grape harvest with a grape stomp from 2 pm to 4 pm, wagon rides through the vineyard at 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm. Wineglass painting will be held all day but seats are limited so it’s best to call ahead. Wine tasting and a variety of food will be served from 11 am to 6 pm. (815-563-4665)

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Dates: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - Sunday, July 8, 2012
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July 7-8, 8 MILES OF AG-TIQUES. Highway 26, Orangeville to Monroe, WI. 9 am to 6 pm. See all kinds of tractors and machinery including John Deere, Farmall, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis Chalmers, Oliver and Massey Harris. Also all brands of lawn mowers on display. Plus crafts, food, tractor drives and fun. (815-789-4570)

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Dates: Friday, July 4, 2014 - Saturday, July 5, 2014
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July 4-6, 8 MILES OF AG-TIQUES. Highway 26, Orangeville to Monroe, WI. Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday: 9 am to 2 pm. See all kinds of tractors and machinery including John Deere, Farmall, Minneapolis-Moline, Allis Chalmers, Oliver and Massey Harris. Plus crafts, food, tractor drives and fun. (815-789-4570)

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Dates: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - Sunday, July 8, 2012
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July 7-8, 8TH ANNUAL BRIGGS JOHN DEERE DAYS. Briggs Farm, 13609 Illinois Highway 26 North, Orangeville (2 miles north of the village). 9 am to 6 pm. Featuring Two Cylinder and New Generation Tractors, old time machinery, food, crafts, and lots of great conversation with the owners of the tractors. An exhibitors tractor drive on Saturday at 4 pm with a picnic following. Part of the 8 Miles of Ag-tiques event. (815-789-4570)

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Date: Monday, October 26, 2015
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October 26, AMITY’S ATTIC OPEN HOUSE. Amity’s Attic, 22 W. Main Street, Freeport. 4 pm to 6 pm. Check out the specials and join them for “Christmas Cheer”. (815-232-8581)

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Dates: Monday, May 8, 2017 - Thursday, May 11, 2017
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May 8-11, ANNUAL CAMPAIGN SILENT AUCTION. Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. 9 am to 6 pm. Stop in and bid at this annual Silent Auction. All proceeds benefit the annual campaign which helps provide scholarship funding for YMCA memberships and programs to local kids and families.  (815-235-9622)

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