Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival is Saturday

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ROCHELLE — Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival returns Saturday for “One Fine Day” after it was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The one-day event will differ from years past when it was over three days.

The festival will include a car and motorcycle show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., a 50/50 raffle, a food court, craft and vendor booths and live music. 

Music will include the Vodka Boys, Southern Ride and Blue Steel along with other local performers. Music will start at 10 a.m., earlier than in years past. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets.

“We’re so excited,” LHHF President Lisa Chrisco said. “I can’t even put it into words. About the whole thing. From the car show to the entertainment on the stage. We have a good variety of food booths and crafts. There will be a bounce house and face painting for the kids. It’s going to be a great day. The weather is supposed to be nice.”

Chrisco said planning for the event is done over a year before the festival takes place. LHHF takes a lot of man hours to coordinate. Planning has already begun for next year’s festival, which will be the 25th anniversary of LHHF.

Having to cancel last year’s event wasn’t easy for Chrisco and the committee.

“It was heartbreaking,” Chrisco said. “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was having that conversation with the committee.”

Chrisco explained the reasoning behind the event’s differences from years past.

“Things will be different, but we’re still the community’s festival,” Chrisco said, “We set this up in March. We figured if things we’re shut down we could still do it this way. Come enjoy the entertainment and have a good day. It’s a good reason to get together with family.”

For more information, visit lhhfest.com or the LHHF pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.