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Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Fall Festival


Come Join Us On The 47th Annual Spoon River Drive

October 3 & 4 and October 10 & 11, 2015

     The first two weekends in October, the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Fall Festival will be celebrated in Fulton County, IL and the surrounding community of Elmwood in the neighboring Peoria County to the north. This unique Fall Festival is a self-guided motor tour covering 140 miles of scenic roadways through 15 villages/cities with 24 sites. You will find antiques and collectibles, flea markets, fine arts and hand-made crafts, historic sites and reenactments of historical events, and home-cooked food everywhere.

     Fulton County is in West Central Illinois about 30 miles west of Peoria or 30 miles south of Galesburg. You may start the Scenic Drive entering Fulton County from any direction. At the first site you stop be sure to get an official Program Book. This will give you a map of Fulton County with all the official stops well marked, a listing of activities at each site and pieces of history about the sites. The Program Book is filled with a wealth of information on the Fall Festival.

     All along the 140 miles of the Scenic Drive you will find vendors with antiques, collectibles and crafts. At Bernadotte you can watch “The Spoon” flow over the only dam on the Spoon River. One of the few remaining iron bridges in Fulton County is in Bernadotte, where it spans the Spoon River.

Farmington West, London Mills and Hilltop Farm are noted for their large flea markets. In Avon and around Jones Park in Canton there are antique and craft malls. East of Canton on Route 9, visitors can enjoy antique-ing at the small site of Breeds. A wood carver shows his hand-made carvings inside the Rasmussen Blacksmith shop in Lewistown. Visitors may also stop at Duncan Mills to hear the Dulcimer music of Steve Endsley or pick up a pie or baked goods at the bakery there.

     Just east of Lewistown, at Marigold Meadows a visitor may see horses plow fields, there is wool spinning, soap making and blacksmithing. Warm pie is served by the slice in a small cabin.

     There is something for everyone to see and do along all the sites and areas whether it’s historical, crafts, foods, or the beauty of fall in Spoon River Country, come by for a visit this fall.
     If you desire more information, contact us at (309) 647-8980. E-mail us at info@spoonriverdrive.org

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Map of the Spoon River Tour



About Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive

     The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Associates invite you to come to Fulton County, Illinois and enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. The Spoon River has carved a wide scenic valley through Fulton County as it flows from London Mills to the south and east where it joins the Illinois River near Havana at the southeastern corner of the county.

     Fulton County offers unusual beauty of the colors throughout the Spoon River Valley, which inspired founders of the Spoon River Drive to hold the first Fall Festival and to organize the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive forty-one years ago. The first weekend of the Scenic Drive brought large crowds and a second consecutive weekend was held in October 1968. The Scenic Drive's Fall Festival has since been held each year during the first two full weekends of October.

     The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. The home of Masters still stands in Lewistown, the county seat of Fulton County.

     Fulton County's Spoon River Valley country offers much to the visitor during the Fall Festival and during other seasons of the year. While there are many attractions a visitor may find interest in, a few highlights may include; the lone dam on the Spoon River at Bernadotte, a public boat dock at London Mills, the historical Ellisville Opera House, and the breathtaking scenery along the entire route of the Spoon River.

     Foods have become a tradition during the Fall Festival; apple butter made before your eyes at London Mills, butterfly pork chops at Mount Pisgah, baked potatoes and hot cider at Farmington, chicken and noodles at Smithfield's Red Brick School, funnel cakes in Lewistown, baked goods in Duncan Mills and the famed ham in Ellisville.

     Visitors to the area are welcomed to join us on the highways and byways of Fulton County which sport the colors of the four seasons and are open to visitors year around with routes running through London Mills, Farmington, Fairview, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Smithfield, Cuba, Canton, Avon, Lewistown, Bernadotte, Duncan Mills, Waterford, Ipava and Astoria. These routes cover more than 100 miles in Fulton County.

     The Associates of the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive produce a colorful brochure of the Scenic Drive and the Fall Festival. This brochure and information for those interested in becoming a sanctioned vendor or other requests for information about the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive or the Fall Festival please e-mail us at info@spoonriverdrive.org.



















































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