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October 20, 2017

10/5/2017 2:02:00 PM
Friday events kick off Heath Harvest Festival
Robinson's annual Heath Harvest Festival ready to go with a full schedule of events Friday and Saturday.

Activities get underway Friday when the streets will shut down around the Crawford County Courthouse square and west on Walnut for the fourth annual Heath Harvest Festival Hog Fest Cook-off and Heath Toffee demonstrations.

Teams will begin stoking the fires and putting up tents along Walnut for the Hog Fest cook-off at 9 a.m. Friday.

Ribs are still the main attraction and cooking will begin at 1 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m. However, there is also an open competition this year.

Hershey employees will again be demonstrating the art of blend sugar, butter, almonds and the little magic that is needed to make Heath Toffee for more than 100 years, in front of the Heath Museum.

Demonstrations for local school children will begin at 9 a.m., with demonstrations scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Also, for the children this year will be carnival rides and bounce houses at the Heath Harvest Festival beginning at 5:30 p.m.

A car show begins at 5:30 p.m. on South Cross. Registration is $15 with the first 20 participants receiving a t-shirt.

Landsharks Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute, takes the stage on the south side of the square at 7 p.m.

The band has appeared with Jimmy Buffett in Key West and Margaritaville. It also opened for the Beach Boys in concert. The Landsharks have performed at the Super Bowl, played more than 100 shows at Disneyworld and Universal Studios and also performed for troops overseas.

There will be assorted vendors and food booths all around the square.

The Crawford County Historical Society will be hosting its annual Nite at the Museum open house on Friday.

Activities will begin from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. when Sue Jones will host a seminar on how to join the James Halstead Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Tours of the Museum are 7 to 9 p.m., and will feature a scavenger hunt for children with prizes for those finding all items on the hunt list.

Activities will continue Saturday beginning with a pancake breakfast in the Crawford County Jail parking lot from 6 to 10 a.m.

Sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, the event is open to everyone. A free will donation will be accepted with proceeds going to support the FOP Scholarship fund.

"Elvis" will lead the way at the Rock 'n' Roll Heath Harvest Festival United Way Run. The youth half-mile walk/run will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the chip-timed 5K walk/run steps off at 8 a.m. from in front of the Silverthorne Body Shop, 111 N. Franklin, Robinson.

Cost is $10 for youth run and $25 for the 5K. Check-in and late registration is from 6:30 to 7:30 on race day.

The carnival and booths on the square and South Cross re-open at 9 a.m.

Also, a book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will offer a variety of tomes, including Robinson native Curt Adams' new book, Wet as Sop, a tale of early life in Crawford County.

Entertainment on the stage begins at 9 a.m. with DuddyJ, Dustin Fuller, playing a variety of recorded favorites.

The winners of the Little Mr. and Miss Toffee Tot contest will be introduced at 11 a.m. on the main stage.

American Pie Unplugged performs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The annual parade, sponsored by First Robinson Savings Bank, steps off from Robinson City Park at 1:30 p.m. and will travel up South Cross to the square then west along Walnut past the First Methodist Church.

The parade will end with the Robinson High School Marching Maroons Band preforming near the square. The Colorguard will perform a portion of their award winning show from the musical Newsies.

There will be food and activities going up to 5 p.m.. including a performance by Capt. Quirk, featuring hometown native Steve Correll, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, the VFW Post 4549 Military Museum will host a display of WWI items owned by Paris collector Charles Glick. The artifacts will be on display in a tent next to the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, the museum will be open, allowing visitors the chance to see its exhibits, including a rare WWI machine gun.

The museum is in the former Big Four Railroad depot east of the VFW post on East Main.

Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival

The 15 annual festival is 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Palestine.

This year's event will feature 16 wineries, more than 40 art and craft vendors and 12 food vendors. Live entertainment is featured on the stage both days.

The Crawford County Art show will takes place inside the historic Fife Opera House. The dedication of a new Abe Lincoln statue is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Crawford County Collectible car show is on Sunday.

The festival is free, but tickets are required to sample the 100-plus wines from the 16 Central and Southern Illinois wineries. Advance ticket sales can be purchased online at for $13, or in person at the Rocking Horse or Harmon's Drug Store in Palestine. Tickets will be $18 the day of the festival.

Wineries expected to attend are, Alto Vineyards, Bella Vista Wine Bar, Berryville Vineyards, Blue Sky Vineyard, Castle Finn Winery, Fox Creek Winery and Vineyard, Homestead Vineyards, Kite Hill Vineyards, Lasata Winery and Vineyards, Lincoln Heritage Winery, Niemerg Family Winery, Pheasant Hollow Winery, Spirit Knob Winery and Vahling Winery and Vineyards.

New to the festival is Irene's Vineyard and Wild Blossom Meadery and Brewery.  

More than 40 art, craft and food vendors are expected to attend.

There will be live entertainment both days provided by Moneka Fullop, Mullet Over, Ed Rodimel, One Man Monster Band and MacDaddy's Trio.

The dedication of the Abe Lincoln statue is 1 p.m. Saturday in front of the new community building, 220 S. Main.

The Crawford County Collectible Club will be hosting a car show on Sunday, and Crawford County Arts is sponsoring the Crawford County Art Show inside the Fife Opera House on Saturday and Sunday.

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