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The Taste of the Prairie- Friday, July 18th and Saturday July 19th

Arcola, IL-July 11, 2014— It is no surprise to drive down an Illinois country road to find yourself surrounded by wheat, corn and soybeans plus rolling pastures filled with cattle, sheep and pigs. According to the Department, nearly 28 million acres, almost 80 percent of the state’s total land is working farms. So it is no surprise that for many of Illinois’ youth, they grow up in a rural setting and dream of one day owning or managing a farm of their own.

It is easy to throw a child in to extracurricular activities like summer traveling teams or summer camps but there is an alternative for those kids that know John Deere and Case as a household name. This weekend the Taste of the Prairie Festival in Arcola has teamed up with the Arcola Kiddie Tractor Pull Circuit to host a free Kiddie Tractor Pull for kids of many ages.

There are a total of 5 age groups from 4-years-old to 12-years-old that can participate in the event scheduled for Friday, July 18, 2014 at 3p.m.   Registration begins at 2p.m. for those children that want to participate and the cost is FREE!

The tractor pull is a part of the 2nd annual Taste of the Prairie in historic Arcola, Illinois. The full event runs Friday, July 18th from noon to 9p.m and Saturday July 19th from 10a.m. to 5p.m. at Green Mill Village. Located directly off of Interstate 57, at the Arcola exit, Green Mill Village will hosts a family event to showcase artisans, artists, crafts, collectibles, farmer’s market, food & more—a complete summer event for the everyone!

“It is rare to find an event that has an authentic showcase of so many local artists and businesses looking to grow and expand, many that don’t even have storefronts,” said Bill Wagoner, CityAdministrator for Arcola. “Tie that in with the activities for kids sponsored by Project Success with the Arcola School District and the Kiddie Tractor Pull, and you can see why the Taste of the Prairie has a regional draw for tourist and families.”
The event highlights & unique attractions:

ALL DAY on Friday, July 18th & Saturday July 19th:
-Crafts booths & live painting and demonstrations!
– Antiques and collectibles vendors
– High quality artisan crafts and handmade items booths
– Newly handmade jewelry vendors
– Original art and photography booths
– Food & beverage vendors
-Hot dogs, BBQ & More —Lunch & Supper onsite from Pauly’s BBQ & BP Fun Foods, Charleston Concessions, Rockome Foods, Grumpy’s Old Fashion Sodas and more!
-Free Action Inflatables for Kids!
-Glitter tattoos & Princess Makeovers
-Face & Hair Painting, Bubble Party by Project Success

Don’t Miss—-Friday July 18th:
FREE Registration Begins for Arcola Kiddie Tractor Pull Circuit at the Best Western PLUS hotel
3pm Kiddie Tractor Pull Begins!
6:30pm Acoustic Bluegrass by Mackville on Friday July 18th at 6:30p.m. Grab your lawn chair and great food from our vendors and listen to the bluegrass sounds of this great band!

Don’t Miss—-Saturday July 19th:
Sweet Tooth Saturday
with Grumpy’s Old Fashion Soda Stand and fresh cotton candy from Swarm Tree Honey Farms, Smoothies & Iced Coffees from D&D and variety of treats from Rockome Foods!

Food and children’s activities are located in the parking lot of the Best Western PLUS Green Mill Village Hotel and Suites which is a part of the Green Mill Village development. All of the artists, vendors, quilts and crafts are located inside the Best Western PLUS Convention Center.


For more information and to apply online, click here.



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