The 40th annual Flat Rock Homecoming and 31st annual Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show offer something for everyone this weekend.
Flat Rock Homecoming
Friday night starts off the Homecoming with food, music, chrome and steel as the Hot Rod and Hot Bike show runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event is hosted by the Flat Rock Firefighters and all entry fees will be donated to Toys-For-Tots. Ten awards will be given along with a Fire Chief's Award.
What is a car show without a little Hot Rod Lincoln as they hit the bandstand Friday night. There will also be a $50 cash prize drawing.
Saturday events start with breakfast in the new Community Center, sponsored by the Masonic Lodge. Members will be cooking and serving from 6 to 9 a.m.
The craft and vendor booths open at 8 a.m.
At 10 a.m., the "Honoring Our Faithful" Parade steps off from the community center headed for the square. At 10:30 a.m., flag-raising ceremonies will be performed by the Flat Rock American Legion.
A Homecoming favorite is the Cake Walk hosted by TOPS, which starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the start of the carnival rides at 10:45 a.m.
From 11 a.m. to noon, Plumb Tuckered Out will take the bandstand; with prize drawings at noon.
From 1 to 2 p.m., the Gospel Heirs will bring their one gospel flavor to the bandstand.
At 2 p.m., the annual frog jumping contest gets underway. Each contestant must have their own frog. The afternoon will continue on from 3 to 3:30 p.m. with children's games.
From 3 to 4:30 p.m., Trouble and Company stirs it up on the bandstand. Another prize drawing follows.
The baby contest starts at 5 p.m. and is open to children ages birth to 12 months. It is also followed by a prize drawing at 6 p.m.
Battle Creek Band will take the bandstand from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a $100 cash prize drawing at 8:30.
At 9 p.m., the Flat Rock fireworks show will fill the night sky.
Sunday morning Community Church services will be held in the park hosted by Flat Rock United Methodist. Everyone can participate. Those who attend will need to bring lawn chairs.
There are still spaces available for those having items to sell. Anyone wanting to set up a booth should contact Amy at 618-584-3300.
Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show
It won't be long before the fields and roads are filled with massive equipment harvesting millions of bushels of grain, but back in 1940 as America was on the brink of war a Canadian tractor manufacture was about to revolutionize harvest season as the Model 21 Massey-Harris combine became the first commercially successful self-propelled field harvester.
This year's Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show features the Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson tractors and engines at the fairgrounds in Oblong Friday through Sunday.
Friday night the smoke will be rolling from the antique tractor pull starting at 6:30 p.m. in front of the grandstands.
Saturday morning the little pullers can try show off their skills in the pedal tractor pull. There will also be a farm toy show in the 4-H shed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At 1:15 p.m., the parade of power rolls through the grandstands, followed by a real horsepower horse pulling demonstration.
Church services will be in the Grange Hall at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
The farm toy show is open again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and another parade of power is 1:15 p.m.
More modern horsepower will also be featured in a car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also on display this year will be 100-hp Fairbanks-Morse engine, 75-hp Superior engine, 60-hp Muncie engine, as well as assorted hit-and-miss engines, garden tractors and other early mechanical devices.
There will be threshing and bailing demonstrations along with the running of the oil field engine, wheel and pumps.
Food, specialized and flea market vendors and other interesting sights can be found in Oblong during the three day festival, including a town-wide garage sale.
Also, Mikeworth's Flea Market on Illinois Route 33 between Oblong and Robinson will also be open during the weekend.