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How sweet it is: Urbana festival starts Friday

You've got classic rock bands, an entire folk festival, corn dripping with butter, a classic car show and plenty of free activities to keep the kids busy, so there's no reason not to attend the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival.

Downtown Urbana will be hopping Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Focus on convertibles

Cabriolets, Roadsters, all-weather tourer, spider or spyder, soft top, drop top, drophead coupe or rag top, the variety of names for the convertible doesn't do justice to the emotion the open-air vehicle creates.

"Something about driving with the top down," said Chris Mechling, who drives her 1961 Corvette convertible every Friday.

And it isn't a car for the introverted.

Farmer City action will allow wine tasting at market

FARMER CITY — The city council approved another class of liquor license — Class I — which will allow wine tasting at the Wednesday farmers market.

Per the new class, the market — which runs from 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday — will be allowed to host one business owner that can offer wine tasting and sales.

Celebrate the Convertible at the Motor Muster

Members of the Illini Collector's Car Club gathered earlier in August to show off examples of some of the convertibles featured at this year's Motor Muster at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Showcase of tradition

RANTOUL — Every two years, members of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club fire up their time machine and take people back to a simpler period on the farm.

That time rolls around again Thursday when the four-day, seventh annual Half Century of Progress show kicks off on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

A lot to be proud about

CHAMPAIGN — When the Supreme Court voted to legalize same-sex marriage for all earlier this summer, it not only left a mark on American history. It also revolutionized the vibe of Pride celebrations for years to come.

The Future Five, Aug. 24, 2015


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Weekend planner: Something for everyone

In the 1920s, many Kentuckians immigrated to Piatt County to do farm labor. Eventually a group of them organized the Kentucky Picnic, a reunion taking place the third weekend of August in Mansfield Park. In the 1950s, the event was drawing from 3,000 to 6,000 folks, some of whom brought musical instruments to play in bluegrass jams.