Carroll County’s Largest Parade set for Monday, Sept. 4
BY TOM KOCAL
SHANNON — One of Illinois’ oldest annual hometown festivals is in the works for Labor Day weekend in downtown Shannon, Sept. 2-3-4. Starting in 1919 to welcome home WWI soldiers, Shannon’s Homecoming has welcomed home its families, friends, Veterans and students for over 90 years.
The committee has met for several months planning this annual event. Shannon Homecoming Committee members are, from left, Co-Chairman Valerie Woessner, Shannon Chamber of Commerce representative Arlene Koeller, BBQ Cook-off chairman Wayne Vanraalte, Co-Chairman Brad Woessner, and “Tab Queen” Shirley Schrader. Other committee members not available for the photo were Mike Campbell, Joe and Kristi Hammer, and Ernie Johnson.
The weekend celebration starts Saturday, Sept. 2 with a Car, Truck and Tractor show, the selection of Little Mr. Firefighter and Junior Mr. Firefighter, the Shannon Little Miss competition, and the crowning of the 59th Shannon Homecoming Queen.
“Right now, we have five Queen contestants and 10 vying for Little Miss,” Valerie Woessner said.
Contact Mike Campbell at 815-291-7619 for Car, Truck and Tractor show information.
Sunday’s activities include something new: the Homecoming Best BBQ Cook-off. Vanraalte said contestants will cook chicken thighs, pilled pork and ribs using their BBQ skills and secret ingredients.
“Then the public can buy 10 tastings for a $10 donation, and sample all the great BBQ being offered. Cooking starts at 8 a.m., and the tasting begins at 3 p.m. And, you’ll get to vote for your favorite BBQ. You won’t want to miss it!”
Monday’s Labor Day festivities start with Carroll County’s largest parade, with registration at 8 a.m. until parade time at 10 a.m.
The Lion’s and Legion raffle drawing will be held at 6 p.m., with over 20 prizes donated by local businesses.
All weekend, the Craft Show at the Shannon Fire Station and a variety of food vendors are featured, including the Lanark Vets Mess Hall, Shannon’s Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream, Blarney Stone Popcorn, EHS Junior class stand, and those famous Shannon Lion’s and Legion Elephant Ears and Cheese Curds.
The next two meetings of the committee are set for 7 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 28, at the Legion Hall.