Fun at Rockford Park District’s crown jewel

By John Gile

October fun continues at Rockford Park District’s Lockwood Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. “Locktoberfest” at Lockwood features Costume Party Days and includes hayrides, games, a scavenger hunt, corn maze, pumpkin launch, and more in a breathtaking setting of autumn splendor on Safford Road.

This fall, Lockwood’s staff and volunteers have added a unique addition to the Children’s Farm and Trailside Horseback Riding Centre: storytelling hayrides through the woods with bigger-than-life art displays inspired by award-winning artist Tom Heflin’s illustrations in The First Forest.

In honor of the “Locktoberfest” celebration, an essay-writing contest also is under way now through Nov. 10, for third- through sixth-grade students in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties. Prizes will be awarded to students submitting winning entries in two grade-level divisions: third-fourth grade and fifth-sixth grade. In 100 to 300 words, students are to answer the question, “How and why do I show respect for the people and places in my life?” Prizes are provided by area businesses and organizations. Winners will be announced on Thanksgiving Day. More about the contest is available at

From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2011, issue

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