Featured Event Oct. 4 = Historic Ripson Bridge Fall Festival located in Bond
County, Illinois (between Sorento and Old Ripley.)NEW
LOCATION: The festival has moved to downtown Sorento. Please follow the
enjoy good down home cooking, live music and old time crafts.Enjoy
country music all day, pumpkins, children’s games, 100 craft stands,
old-fashioned cake walk at 2:00 p.m., great food and much more
Featured Shop Visit
the new Pocahontas Antiques, 311 West Johnson Street in
Hours are Tues - Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11-5, closed Mondays. For
more information call 618--669-2969.
Click here for more information and a map.
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
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.
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
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
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
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