Fall Arts Fest

Kankakee Fall Arts Fest

Kankakee Fall Arts Fest

It’s nice to escape a big city to spend a day or weekend in a small town or the country at a festival.  Kankakee was just the place for a slow stroll at a fall arts fest in the square down by an old train station and just a couple blocks over the bridge at the Fall Arts Stroll and Rail Fest.   Around the square’s fountain  painters, potters, weavers, jewelry makers and a chainsaw sculptor exhibited their art.

Fall Arts Fest

The neighboring town of Bourbonnais is well-known as the place where the Chicago Bears train in the summer, but training camp is over.  Kankakee has a lot of charm and had the fest, so I went there.  Small town and county festivals each have their own different flavor; and the parking is free, artists are local and the history unique to the region.

I strolled around the square where people sold ice cream, fruit and vegetables and barbecue; stopping to listen to the music of choirs singing.   I boarded a dining car to hear the story about the Harvey Girls who brought romance, marriage to the West while serving up food to hungry cowboys.  I watched artist at work, learned a bit of history and tasted local fare.

Fall Arts and Rail Fest Photos

stoneware

stoneware

choir

choir

Fall Art Stroll sign

Fall Art Stroll sign

chainsaw artist

chainsaw artist

conductor and dining car

conductor and dining car

Ice Cream Stand

Ice Cream

Kankakee Valley Performance Choir

Kankakee Valley Performance Choir

Kankakee Valley Performance Choir

Any local festivals by you this weekend?  Any county fairs?

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