Rockton River Market a family-friendly midweek break

Southern Charm performs at the July 9 Rockton River Market. (Photo by Jeremy Oster)
Southern Charm performs at the July 9 Rockton River Market. (Photo by Jeremy Oster)

By Jeremy Oster
Staff Writer

ROCKTON, Ill. — Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., Rockton will have area vendors displaying their foods and wares in Settler’s Park alongside the grassy shores of The Rock River Trail. This is the second year for the Rockton River Market, and it will continue flowing until Sept. 24.

July 9 was the biggest turnout yet for the event. Word has spread about the fun to be had on Market nights.

It’s been a great addition to Rockton,” said Village President Dale Adams. “About 300 to 400 people are here tonight, and it just keeps getting bigger.”

Village of Rockton Board Trustee Pat Hoey added: “A couple of people have mentioned to me that they get the feeling here (at The Market ) of Old Settler’s Days when it used to be downtown. Between The Rockton River Market in Settler’s Park, Barwood Park and our new Dog Park, we’re becoming the Village of Parks.”

Hoey is right — there really is a carnival-like atmosphere here for the whole family to enjoy. There’s a face-painting booth for the kids, the mouth-watering smells of ribs and your favorite fried foods cooking, barley pops available for the grown-ups, and the Dairy Haus has a booth on-site with their creamy gourmet ice cream, so you don’t even have to walk up the hill to Main Street for dessert.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. At 6 p.m. each Wednesday, sit down and relax with some of your favorite local bands playing free family-friendly concerts from the Park Pavilion. July 9, the Village of Rockton lined up Southern Charm to rock out the park. July 16 has Pablo & the Rhythmix on deck.

The market is a great break for the middle of the work week. Everything winds down at 8 p.m., in plenty of time to get the kids home to bed and catch the late news.

For more information, check out If you are interested in renting a booth, contact Dennis McCorkle at (815) 624-7625.

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

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