KANKAKEE, IL – The eagerly awaited Rhubarb Festival is set to take place this Sunday, offering an array of exciting activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. This year’s festivities promise to be bigger and better than ever, with a wide range of vendors, live entertainment, and interactive displays. Hosted by the Kankakee County Museum, the festival aims to celebrate the rich history and cultural significance of rhubarb in the region.
One of the festival’s highlights is the grand debut of a brand new exhibit commemorating the museum’s 75th anniversary at Governor Small Memorial Park. Visitors can explore this captivating display while marveling at the Kankakee Art League Show and a fascinating collection of vintage purses. Additionally, a special local hero display will pay tribute to the courageous individuals who have made significant contributions to the community.
For those with a culinary inclination, the festival offers an abundance of delicious treats. Indulge in mouthwatering rhubarb and strawberry-rhubarb pies provided by the renowned Bennett-Curtis House. If you’re looking for a tangy twist, Turtle Acres presents a variety of jam flavors to tantalize your taste buds. Don’t miss the opportunity to take home a rhubarb plant or grab a stylish festival t-shirt.
The festival boasts an impressive lineup of entertainment throughout the day. The Let Freedom Ring Garden in the Circle Drive will feature a classic and old car display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., providing a nostalgic journey through automotive history. At 10:30 a.m., Rolling Thunder Illinois Chapter 1 will present the moving Remembrance Table Ceremony, dedicated to POW/MIA military veterans. This ceremony serves as an introduction to the local hero display.
The Civic Auditorium Patio will host a thrilling pie-eating contest at 11:00 a.m., where participants will battle it out for the coveted title. The festivities continue with live musical performances by Shelby Ryan, Vince Amore, and the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees.
To make the festival even more accessible, Oasis Medical Services will provide a convenient shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with two vehicles available, including one with handicap accessibility. Patrons are encouraged to park at or near Taft Elementary School on Hawkins Street and take advantage of this hassle-free transportation option.
The Rhubarb Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Kankakee residents due to its historical significance. Before becoming Governor, Lennington Small grew up in the Dr. Small Memorial Home, where his father, Dr. Abram Small, believed in the plant’s medicinal properties. The surrounding land of the Small family home was once abundant with rhubarb during the early to mid-1900s.
Come join the festivities and experience the charm of the Rhubarb Festival. For more information, visit www.kankakeecountymuseum.com.