Last weekend of Harvest Fest is fun for young ones

MAKE A MEMORY TO TAKE HOME—The Make It & Take It scarecrow event continues this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rockford Historical Museum by the dam. Kids love to create their own.          photo by Tom Scott

MAKE A MEMORY TO TAKE HOME—The Make It & Take It scarecrow event continues this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rockford Historical Museum by the dam. Kids love to create their own. photo by Tom Scott

The fun started with family, and now our heritage is behind us. The last weekend of Harvest Fest is the Children’s Weekend with events for kids highlighting activities.

There will be plenty for teens and adults to do as well, with entertainment around town, the used book sale at Krause Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., hayrides and specials offered by local merchants.

Events designed for children begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration for the Chamber Kids Pedal Tractor Pull. Registration and the event is at the City Hall parking lot. The pull begins at 10 a.m. This annual event, formerly organized by the Rockford Jaycees, but now a Rockford Chamber of Commerce event, puts kids behind the driver’s wheel and is always fun to watch.

PLAY DRESS UP—Kids are invited to Trick or Treat in downtown business district Saturday at 2 p.m. Meet in the pavilion at Squire and Courtland streets. A costume contest follows. Last year this family friend joined the fun with his own canine costume.

PLAY DRESS UP—Kids are invited to Trick or Treat in downtown business district Saturday at 2 p.m. Meet in the pavilion at Squire and Courtland streets. A costume contest follows. Last year this family friend joined the fun with his own canine costume.

Another popular favorite is trick or treating around town, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion on the corners of Squire and Courtland Street. Following the candy run, a costume contest will be held in the pavilion. Prizes will be awarded.

Returning to Garden Club Park both days from 2 to 6 p.m. is Animals on the Go, where a variety of live farm animals always delight people of all ages.

New this year, but back for the third weekend is Good Old Fashioned Games by the Rockford Youth Initiative Service Club of Rockford High School. Play like it is the past with low-tech favorites. Participation is free, but donations are welcome and will go to a worthy cause. The club hopes to fund a Habitat for Humanity house as their service project this year.

For everyone, there are the popular hayrides offered annually for free. Pick up is at Reading Books.

Flu shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in D&W. The Rockford Fire Department and DARE will be at the pavilion from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and many other fun demonstrations and entertainment will take place both days. See the schedule and plan your weekend.

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