Harvest Daze takes place on the museum grounds, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka. The event kicks-off with a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in the Red Barn, which is on the east side of the museum. Payment will be accepted in cash or check only.

Harvest Daze will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2-3. Saturday’s opening ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. Vendors will be set up on the museum grounds, offering a variety of arts and crafts, food, clothing, handcrafted items and more. Entertainment for Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with the Onarga Music Club performing, followed by Vern and Vern Denault at 11 a.m.

Special guest for Saturday will be Bucky Halker. Halker’s performance is presented by the ICHS in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Roads Scholar program.

On Saturday, ham and beans will be available, along with a variety of goodies in the Red Barn. Also on the museum grounds will be a Top 20 Car Show, with information available from Mike Eastburn (815-383-3824).

Sunday’s entertainment will feature Ryan Leggott at 1 p.m. Sunday also features a Slow Boys Tractor Show, coordinated by David Hiles, and he can be reached at 815-383-4634.

Harvest Daze will feature a pumpkin contest with the theme “Fun With Pumpkins.” Registration for this event needs to be done prior to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. A registration form and rules can be obtained at the museum by calling 815-432-2215, or online at www.iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com/pumpkincontest2021. The contest is sponsored by the ICGS and they can be reached at 815-432-3730. Pumpkins need to be brought to the grounds and set up 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Winners will be chosen in youth, adult and organization/group divisions.

A bake sale will take place in the Victorian Room of the museum both days. Anyone who would like to donate baked goods can take their items to the museum Friday, Oct. 1, or Saturday, Oct. 2. Proceeds from this event go to the museum’s heating fund.

Donations are also being accepted for the Lucky Draw and Silent Auction events. To donate to these, call the ICHS at 815-432-2215 and someone will arrange to pick up your donation.

If you are interested in information on how you can be a part of this wonderful weekend, call 815-432-2215 or email ichs221567@yahoo.com or visit the group’s Facebook page: Old Courthouse Museum–Watseka. Information on ICGS-sponsored events can be received by calling 815-432-3730, sending an email to             iroqgene@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page – Iroquois County Genealogical Society.