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Sesquicentennial | Rock Falls

July 29 – August 5, 2017

The City of Rock Falls Sesquicentennial Committee will be conducting meetings, which are open to anyone in the community or surrounding area that would like to take part in the planning of the 150th Birthday of the City of Rock Falls in 2017.  Chairmen of various activities, as well as, volunteers galore will be needed. If you belong to a Church group, civic organization, youth group, etc. , come and see how you can become  involved. The dates have been set, and  the celebration will take place the week of July 29 – August 5, 2017.

What's happening in Rock Falls neck of the woods during the celebration...

  • Sesquicentennial Ball- Featuring Class Act II
  • Opening 50 year Time capsule
  • Family Bike Rides – Historic Hennepin Feeder Canal Trails
  • Military Displays
  • Religious Heritage Day
  • Living in the 1800’s – Children’s Programs
  • Sacred Music Concert/Hymn Fest/Bell Choirs – RB&W Riverfront Amphitheater
  • Open Houses of City Services and Utilities
  • Farmers Market’s
  • War Birds Over Whiteside County Airshow
  • City Historical Presentations – (1867-1917)/ (1918- 1967)/ (1968 – 2017)
  • Historical Museum – Sterling/Rock Falls Historical Society
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Antique Tractor, Car’s, Trucks Show - Friday, August 3
  • Craft Show Saturday August 5th 10AM-5PM
  • Gigantic parade – Saturday, August 5th
  • Street Dance – Saturday, August 5th
  • High School Alumni Gatherings
  • High School and Alumni Band Concert
  • Local Barber Shop Choir
  • Beard Growing Competition - RB&W Riverfront Amphitheater

HUGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!! SATURDAY AUGUST 5TH

Come back for updates on days, times & locations

Additional Info

  • Event Date(s): July 29 – August 5, 2017
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