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Weekend events schedule for 2019 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

Craft shows, pie-eating contests, and other fun planned

A crowd gathers at the giant cake donated by Hy-Vee Wednesday outside the DeKalb County Courthouse during the cake-cutting ceremony at the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.
A crowd gathers at the giant cake donated by Hy-Vee Wednesday outside the DeKalb County Courthouse during the cake-cutting ceremony at the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.

Here is a schedule of activities and events on Saturday and Sunday for the 58th annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.

A variety of local nonprofit organizations will have a variety of food and beverages for sale, starting as early as 8 a.m. until as late as 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in downtown Sycamore. The pumpkin display will be open for public viewing on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse on State Street.

Saturday

Activities and events

• Rotary Pancake Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon at St. Mary Parish Center, 312 Waterman St.

• Oaken Acres Wildlife Center will have live birds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St.

• The Sycamore Golf Club Pumpkin Scramble will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sycamore Golf Club, 940 E. State St. For registration, call 815-895-3884.

• The DeKalb County History Center Historic Homes Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25 each or $40 for two. They are available at the History Center, 1730 N. Main St.; the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, 407 W. State St.; Sweet Earth, 341 W. State St., and at each home on the day of the walk. For information, call 815-895-5762.

• The Sycamore High School Art Club will offer face painting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kiddie Carnival.

• The teen carnival will be open from noon to 10 p.m. at Sacramento and State streets. A $25 ride special is available from noon to 4 p.m.

• The kiddie carnival for young children will be held from noon to 10 p.m. at the parking lot at Somonauk and Elm streets. A $25 ride special is available from noon to 4 p.m.

• The Marquee Saturday Events will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is sponsored by First State Bank, Old State Bank and ServiceMaster by Skip. Hermanos Escamilla will perform a trick rope show at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the North Food Court. Pete Kovacevich, roaming stilt walker and juggler, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Strolling magician Jeff Bibek will perform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• The Kiwanis will host a pie-eating contest at 4 p.m. on the lawn of the DeKalb County Courthouse on State Street.

• The Midwest Museum of Natural History will present "Cockroaches and Reptiles!" at the South Food Court.

Craft and merchandise vendors

• A craft show will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Sycamore United Methodist Church at 160 Johnson Ave. Food also will be available.

• Cornerstone Christian Academy, 355 N. Cross St., will host a craft and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, hosted by Sycamore Music Boosters, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse. 

• Royal Rangers will have Pumpkin Festival buttons, patches and hats from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Bethel Assembly of God will have stainless steel tumblers from 4 to 8 p.m. in front of Blue Moon Bikes, 211 W. State St., and at the church, 131 W. Elm St.

• Tails Humane Society will offer dog treats and dog costumes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• ABC Preschool will sell Pumpkin Festival flags at Paulsen Appliance, 245 W. State St., Sweet Earth, 341 W. State St., and at the SUMC craft show from noon to 4 p.m.

• Cross Roads Community Church will sell gift baskets and magnets.
Sunday

Activities and events

• The Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race starts at 9:05 a.m. at the Sycamore Armory. For information, visit pumpkinrunsycamore.com.

• The teen carnival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Sacramento and State streets. A $25 ride special is available. Check for times at the carnival.

• The kiddie carnival for young children will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the parking lot at Somonauk and Elm streets. A $25 ride special is available. Check for times at the carnival.

• The Pumpkin Parade will begin at 1 p.m. A handicapped-parking area is located at the corner of Exchange and Main streets. A viewing area for the handicapped has been established at the intersection of State and Main streets. The parade route follows Somonauk, Elm, California, State and Main streets.

Craft and merchandise vendors

• Royal Rangers will have Pumpkin Festival buttons, patches and hats from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Oaken Acres Wildlife Center will offer artwork, calendars, cat toys, feeders and honey from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St.

• The Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, hosted by Sycamore Music Boosters, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sycamore High School Field House. 

• Bethel Assembly of God will have stainless steel tumblers from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Blue Moon Bikes, 211 W. State St., and at the church, 131 W. Elm St.

• The Sycamore VFW Auxiliary will offer patriotic coloring pages and small flags from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the legion, 121 S. California St.

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