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Sycamore Spring Fling to kick off Friday

SYCAMORE – The Merchants of Downtown Sycamore have worked over the past nine years to make sure their Spring Fling celebration has something for everyone in the family.

This especially is true for children and their grandparents.

Last year, Marcia Elliott, owner of Made Just for You, 338 W. State St., decorated cupcakes and had a contest where visitors could guess the number of jelly beans in a jar, among other activities – her granddaughter, Brooklyn Williams, 8, and Brooklyn’s friend, Rebecca Obermiller, 9, were along for the ride during their spring break.

“So often, the grandparents are the ones who watch [their grandchildren] while their parents are at work, and the grandparents are excited to be part of it,” Elliott said.

The annual ushering in and celebration of the spring season starts Friday and runs through March 31.

Elliott said 11 businesses are taking part in the event this go-round, which is more or less par for the course. Promotions will abound, and you can sign up at any of the 11 businesses for the Golden Egg door prize. Winners will receive items from all 11 businesses.

One fixture has been the Sycamore Theatre, 420 W. State St. Owner Daryl Hopper was a Spring Fling founder, and this year he’ll be doubly involved. As usual, the theater will show a film – “Peter Rabbit,” at 11:30 a.m. Saturday through March 29 – but the theater owners’ side business, Hopper’s Poppers, the gourmet popcorn and candy shop next door, will offer one free soft serve cone to each patron each day.

Elliott said while many businesses participate year over year, they mix things up in terms of promotions.

“You can come every year and not necessarily find the same things going on in each store,” she said.

The Spring Fling is meant to make staying in town over spring break a little more fun, Elliott said.

“Not everybody can get away, so we figured we’d do something for those who don’t leave,” she said.

For information, call Elliott at 815-895-8122.

Businesses participating

n Sweet Earth Jewelry, 341 W. State St. The gift, jewelry, engraving and bead shop will have a jelly bean-counting contest, with a $25 Sweet Earth gift card given to the winner.

n Made Just for You, 338 W. State St., is offering a make-it-take-it craft for kids.

n Sycamore Theatre, 420 W. State St.,
will show “Peter Rabbit” for $2 a pop at 11:30 a.m. Saturday through March 29, with proceeds going to the Barn on Baseline Animal Shelter.

n Hopper’s Poppers, 420 W. State St., offers one free soft serve cone to each patron each day.

n The Garden Market, 354 N. Main St., will offer maple syrup samples and will discount vintage décor.

n Paulsen Appliance and Electronics, 245 W. State St., will have coloring pages.

n Sycamore Antiques, 320 W. State St., will discount furniture 30 percent.

n Christian Connection, 337 W. State St., will give away four gift baskets – three for children and one for an adult.

n Cassie’s Corn Crib Café, 124 S. Maple St., will give away a gift basket.

n Whimsical Perspective, 366 W. State St., will celebrate its 1-year anniversary with a variety of surprises.

n The Clock Shoppe, 330 W. State St., will have a sale on music-in-motion clocks.

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