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Article updated: 9/13/2012 3:12 PM

Campton Twp. Prairie Fest offers peek to the past

Tractor rides are among the offerings at Prairie Fest at Corron Farm.

Tractor rides are among the offerings at Prairie Fest at Corron Farm.

 

Courtesy of Campton Township

The Corron Farm hosts Prairie Fest Saturday, and tours of the 1850s farm house will be conducted.

The Corron Farm hosts Prairie Fest Saturday, and tours of the 1850s farm house will be conducted.

 

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The sixth-annual Prairie Fest will be held Saturday in Campton Township, featuring the same tried and true recipe that has made the event a success in previous years.

"It's pretty similar to last year. It's an event geared toward kids and the whole family," said Laurel Garza, volunteer coordinator for Campton Township's Open Space Program and Corron Farm Preservation Society secretary.

The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road, Campton Hills.

Held rain or shine, it will feature wagon rides through the oak savanna, children's scavenger hunts and games, a Potawatomi Indians re-enactor, and representatives from wildlife and open space groups.

The event also includes tours of the historic Corron Farm and the 1850s red brick home built by Robert C. Corron, one of the area's first settlers.

"It's free. We have free refreshments. We have door prizes," Garza said, noting the event draws about 200 to 250 people.

"A lot of people like to come out because of the (Corron) house. This is the only time it is open (for tours without a reservation)," she added. "It's a good opportunity for people to learn about Corron Farm and Campton Township Open Space."

Like last year, the "Good Ole Boys" will play gospel bluegrass music.

"They were really good," Garza said. "Everyone loved them, so we're having them back."

The fest also will feature raffles and other fundraisers to help repair aging 1920s brick pillars on the Corron Farm and recent storm damage to a dairy barn.

For more information, call (630) 387-1016.

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