LINCOLN, IL —Creekside’s Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Creekside Outdoor Center for Environmental Education. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

The festivities will commence with special dedication ceremonies to honor donors who are supporting the environmental learning opportunities. Starting at 10:30 a.m. a special dedication ceremony will take place for the Bill and Jean Gossett Tallgrass Prairie. Following that ceremony, at 10:45 a.m., the Pete Fredericks Log Cabin will be dedicated.

Fredericks, a local business owner, originally donated the cabin to Lincoln School District 27 in 2001 and in June of this year, the cabin was donated and relocated to Creekside.

Visitors will have a variety of opportunities to explore Creekside and participate in activities including, planting the new Pollinator Prairie. The prairie is funded by a grant Creekside received from the Illinois Native Plant Society Central Chapter.

The family friendly event will include:

  • pumpkin decorating
  • pumpkin ice cream-making demonstration and ice cream samples
  • nature walks to Sugar Creek
  • children’s story time at the outdoor classrooms
  • educational displays and yard games
  • local vendors
  • live music by the LC Jazz Combo at 11:30 a.m.
  • live music by Emily Johnson and Jonathan Thomas at 12:30 p.m.

In addition, a nature photography and selfie competition will take place. A special Flickr site has been created for the competition and details can be found here:

Visitors planning to eat during the festival can enjoy on-site concession.

Creekside is located approximately 4 miles due north of Lincoln, Illinois, off County Road 2000N halfway between County Road 1100E and 1225th Ave; from Co Rd 2000N take the gravel road Small-Edwards Trace north to the center.