Grand Detour Arts Festival Sept. 9 at John Deere Historic Site

Staff Report

GRAND DETOUR, Ill. — Sunday, Sept. 9, some of the finest artists from the region and around the Midwest will gather on the grounds of the John Deere Historic Site to celebrate the 64th Annual Grand Detour Arts Festival.

The event is open to the public, allowing visitors to take in the talent and displays of more than 50 artists working in a variety of media including oil, pastel, acrylic and water color paints, as well as sculpture, photography, jewelry and pottery.

We are very excited to bring this fine arts show to life again this year,” said Karen Tucker and Lisa Gabriel, co-chairmen of the festival. “It is a tradition in Grand Detour, one that many local and regional residents look forward to each year, as it brings a fine caliber of artists together in one setting. Hosting the Grand Detour Arts Festival on the grounds of the John Deere Historic Site provides an elegant and peaceful backdrop, and participants can make a full day of the event.”

All of the artists participating in the festival will display pieces for exhibit and purchase. This year’s festival will again include a student art exhibit, featuring more than 100 pieces of art from regional students in grades K-12. Student art will be judged in advance, but adult art will be judged throughout the day. Cash prizes will be awarded to adults and student artists.

The John Deere Historic Site will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sept. 9, and the arts festival will take place rain or shine.

In addition to the artists’ exhibits, a variety of food vendors will be on site, and a number of musicians will provide entertainment including Jazzy Jeff, Powerhouse Boys, Flying Fish and The Stringalongs. Admission is $2 per person, children 11 years and younger are free. Admission also includes admittance to the John Deere Historic Site exhibits and blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day.

For more about the Grand Detour Arts Festival, contact Peggy Renne at (815) 652-8663.

For more about the John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Dixon, Ill., call (815) 652-4551 or visit

From the Sept. 5-11, 2012, issue

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