Sweetcorn, jousting and giant planes: weekend Family Picks
One word for this weekend: suuweeet! As in corn, music, cars and, yes, a medieval jousting tournament at the Illinois Renaissance Fair.
Corn, get your corn: 35th annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, downtown Urbana. Free.
Enjoy free sweetcorn (compliments of Walmart) and lots of music, along with children's activities, environmental initiatives, antique vehicles, arts, crafts and more than 30 vendors.
Kids can check out a firetruck, hybrid bus, street sweeper and police car at the Touch-a-Truck display; take in a family friendly pro-wrestling show Friday night; or enjoy laser tag, pony rides, inflatables and an all-new water games area.
Grammy-award winning Soul Asylum headlines the Main Stage on Saturday, and local bands performing Friday night include Brat Pack, Boat Drunks, Tons ’O’ Fun Band and Feudin’ Hillbillies.
The 2010 Urbana Motor Muster, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Race and Main streets, will feature several vintage steam- and electric-powered vehicles. It's hosted by Illini Collector Car Club.
For information: Call 344-3872 or visit www.urbanabusiness.com/downtown/sweetcorn.html
Illinois Renaissance Festival. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ellsworth Park, 10 Oakwood Ave., Danville. Admission charge.
A historical Renaissance-style village will be re-created with entertainment for all ages, with performances on multiple stages, magic, swordplay, jousting, crafts, pirates, music, dancers, storytellers and a Children’s Realm with games, prizes and storytelling.
Special this year: the Paragon Jousting Team, the Gypsy Encampment featuring live belly dancing, the Royal Army of Comstock authentic swordfight demonstrations, Windy City Wizard’s Traveling Extravaganza with medieval magic, tarot card and palm reading, and the Pickled Brothers Sideshow.
Admission is $6 to $8 per person or $20 for a family. Children 5 and younger, plus active-duty and retired military with ID, are free.
For information: Visit www.illinoisrenfaire.com
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a...: Giant Scale Airplane Fly-In, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Champaign County Radio Control Club Field, 2.5 miles west of Mattis Avenue on U.S. 150, Champaign. Free.
See large-scale and sport airplanes fly and learn about the club’s free flying lesson program. A raffle for radio-conrol products is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.
For information: Visit www.ccrcc.info/main
Sangamon River Music Festival: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Mahomet. Free music and parade, paid attractions.
Three days of free music, along with a parade, carnival rides, inflatable kids games, monster truck rides, a classic car show, arts, crafts and bingo. All proceeds from inflatable ticket sales benefit the Mahomet parks and recreation department.
Highlights: Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday; Ronald McDonald Magic Show, noon Saturday; classic car show, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday; pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday; fish fry, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday; $15 armband for carnival rides, $1 hot dogs and pop.
For a complete schedule: Visit the village of Mahomet web site
49th annual Mennonite Relief Sale. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Otto Center, half-mile south of Arthur. Free admission and parking.
Locally made quilts, furniture and other crafts, as well as fair-trade items from around the world, will be sold to raise money for agricultural assistance, community development and social services around the world.
Auctions are scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday, and a silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Children's activities include a train ride around the grounds and a space walk. A children's auction is also scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
Food highlights: pulled pork barbecue supper, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday; pancake and sausage breakfast; 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
For information: http://arthurreliefsale.mennonite.net/
Food-dyed art: Market at the Square, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, southeast parking lot of Lincoln Square Village, Vine and Illinois streets, Urbana. Free.
This art workshop with Justine Bursoni will focus on "Art and the Environment," with food-dyed painting. All ages welcome. The market itself opens at 7 a.m., with Illinois vendors offering homegrown produce, meat and dairy products, flowers and plants, baked goods and other prepared foods, arts, crafts and live performers.
For information: Call 384-2319, 384-0200 or visit http://market-at-the-square.blogspot.com/
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Photo: Luke Armstrong of Urbana digs into his ear of sweet corn at the 2008 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette