Heirloom Market & Café Hosts the 3rd Annual Melon Days Fall Festival
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The Heirloom Market & Café is extending an open invitation to everyone young and old to come and enjoy live music, great food, fun and entertainment at their 3rd annual Melon Days Fall Festival, Saturday, September 21st. The event will feature activities for the kids, live music, a beer tent, workshops on simple living, magic shows and a hypnotist.
This year’s Melon Days Fall Festival will be held on the grounds of the Heirloom Market & Café at 2200 Route 84, in Thomson Illinois on Saturday, September 21, from the hours of 10am-8:30pm.
The day starts with a special taping of the wildly entertaining “Old Time Heirloom Hour” with co-hosts Bill Heid and Bob Whitten. This old time show is a mix of interesting interviews, funny skits, and great live music. TV’s Michelle Beschen, host of the “Create” channel’s very popular “B.organic” will be a guest host for this show. Musical guests “Dirt Simple” and “Johnny Outlaw” will play original string music, and free food samples will be handed out to all audience members.
For the kids, there will be camel rides, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, a pumpkin maze, and more. Children will enjoy a magician, a hypnotist, a real fire truck, and a unicycle riding-juggling clown. Samples of watermelon and apple cider will be given free to festival goers, and each child will get a free mini-pumpkin.
Along one end of the festival grounds, seven different inflatable activity and bounce houses will keep the kids active and entertained all day. Kids’ activities are from 11am-4pm.
For the adults, five different Bluegrass and Folk bands will take the stage from 11am-8:30pm. Witness a chainsaw artist whittle a log into a masterpiece before your very eyes. This year, many of the pieces carved will be up for auction, with the proceeds going towards Christmas decorations for the town. This year’s event will have a beer tent, and festival food and soft drinks will be sold on the grounds. The Heirloom Café will also have a full menu, craft beers, and several varieties of wines inside.
Seminars, how-to workshops, and demonstrations will be given from 12:30-2:30pm inside the Heirloom Market in the Garden Center. Festival goers will learn how to live a simpler life on the farm as raw milk farmer Marc Gravert tells of his experiences while trying to become self-sufficient. Nick Huizenga will show his audience how to save heirloom seeds, and landscape gardener Tim O’Conner will giving a how-to demonstration. TV’s Michelle Beschen will finish the seminar off with a re-purposing demonstration inside the garden center.
This year’s “Melon Days Fall Festival” will be on Saturday, September 21st, from 10am-8:30pm on the grounds of the Heirloom Market & Café, 2200 Route 84, Thomson, Illinois. There will be a charge of $12 per family and $7 per person to enter the festival, with the gates opening at 8am.