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Marengo celebrates Settlers’ Days

City’s annual fest offers entertainment, crafts, kids’ events

Adrianna McDonald, 4, of Marengo feeds a llama while visiting the petting zoo Saturday during Settlers' Days in Marengo. Settlers' Days continues through Monday with a parade, pancake breakfast, carnival, scarecrow decorating and more.
Adrianna McDonald, 4, of Marengo feeds a llama while visiting the petting zoo Saturday during Settlers' Days in Marengo. Settlers' Days continues through Monday with a parade, pancake breakfast, carnival, scarecrow decorating and more.

MARENGO – A small town on a Saturday morning is sure to offer two things: a good conversation at the local coffee spot and a steady flow of familiar faces on Main Street. Marengo followed suit yesterday as townsfolk milled around downtown, coffee and kids in hand, to take part in Settlers’ Days.

Whether attendees started their day with the 5K run/walk or followed the trail of tails that was the Children’s Pet Parade, they were hard-pressed to find an area of city that didn’t have something to offer for the annual celebration.

The Barrell Train Ride made its rounds, children spilling from it to make their way to the petting zoo just yards away from its platform. 

Settlers' Days was not lacking in vehicles, also offering a classic car show, touch-a-truck and a garden tractor pull. 

Over at the high school, craft enthusiasts could purchase handmade items including sand art, paintings, scarves and greeting cards.

Kim Williams found herself back at her old stomping grounds, carefully eyeing some hand-crafted jewelry. The 2006 Marengo High School graduate now lives in Rockford, but says she often finds herself coming back home to attend Settlers’ Days, which has been a tradition of hers for more than 10 years.

“I’m here having a girls day out with my mom, grandma and my two aunts,” Williams said. “It’s a great way to bring the community together and see some familiar faces.”

Williams said she intended to go to the garden tractor pull with her dad and grandpa as well as see the performances that evening at the Saturday Night on Main Street event.

The afternoon offered a feather party, carnival rides and the Marengo Fire Department’s water fights.

Just as the day started on Main Street, it would also end, with performances by Party Doctors and Modern Day Romeos.  

Settlers’ Days continues through Monday. A full schedule of events is available at www.settlersdays.com.

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