Stop by Autumn Craft and Treasures Markets at Sycamore Pumpkin Fest

 
Submitted by Sycamore Music Boosters
Posted10/20/2018 12:37 AM
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  • Highlights of the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Oct. 24-28 include the Autumn Craft & Treasures Market and the parade on Sunday.

    Highlights of the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Oct. 24-28 include the Autumn Craft & Treasures Market and the parade on Sunday. Courtesy of Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

Sycamore Music Boosters will host its 46th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, with partner Heartland Bank. It is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend Oct. 27-28.

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Sycamore High School field house, 427 Spartan Trail.

There are approximately 200 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more.

Admission fees for the Craft & Treasures Market are $2 for adults; $1 for seniors; $1 for students, kindergarten through 12th grade; and free for children age 5 or younger.

A handicapped lot will be available on the north side of the field house just off Johnson Avenue and golf cart shuttles will run during operating hours.

No animals are allowed except those used for special needs assistance.

Visitors numbering in the thousands come every year from all over Northern Illinois to browse and purchase items for sale. More than 200 adult and student volunteers help exhibitors, supervise traffic, operate the concession stand and work at admissions, guard posts and various other jobs.

Various student music groups perform on Saturday.

On Sunday, see the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Parade Pumpkin Parade at 1 p.m. The parade route will be Somonauk, Elm, California, State and Main streets. For handicapped parade viewers, special space will be available for wheelchairs, walkers, etc. for viewing the parade at the intersection of Main and State streets.

The grand marshals will be Windy City Amusements. For over 40 years, the Salerno family has provided clean, safe and customer friendly carnivals for nonprofit groups, park districts, Jaycees and city governments. They have helped these organizations raise money for their organizations and community needs. They are members of local Chambers of Commerce, the Showmen's League of America, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, the Illinois Agricultural Association of Fairs, Geneva Masonic Lodge and the Fox Valley Shriners. Windy City Amusements has been providing the carnival for the Pumpkin Festival for 30 years, but their employees always find time to enjoy everything going on in Sycamore on this festive weekend. To learn more about the festival and parade, visit www.sycamorepumpkinfestival.com.

Also on Sunday, look out for the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival 10K Run, sponsored by the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce. It starts at 9:05 a.m. sharp at the Armory. It is a 10,000 meter USATF- sanctioned and certified road race, we draw almost 1,800 registered racers from all over Northern Illinois and beyond. The Pumpkin Run was named a Best of Chicagoland Race by Chicago Area Runners Association. The race is also sanctioned by USA Track and Field and the course is USATF certified. Proceeds from the Sycamore Pumpkin Run help maintain our historic downtown, create opportunities to help small businesses succeed and develop area tourism through community events. For more on the race, visit pumpkinrunsycamore.com.

Raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000 will be available to purchase at the Autumn Craft & Treasures Market. Raffle tickets are $20 for one ticket or $100 for six tickets. This cash raffle is a fundraiser for Make a Difference DKC and Sycamore Music Boosters. For more information on this please visit makeadifferencedkc.com.

Additional information can be found at website at www.sycamoremusicboosters.com.

Sycamore Music Boosters is a volunteer organization composed of families and friends of students enrolled in music education classes in Sycamore schools with the focus and goals to promote excellence in music education. Sycamore Music Boosters began with a group of parents interested in supporting school bands. In 1972, the band booster club enlarged its interest to encompass all music programs and the then named "Autumn Craft & Treasures Market" was born. Incorporated in 1978 as a nonprofit organization, the Sycamore Music Boosters continue to support school music programs including funding for equipment purchases, field trips, music camp & college scholarships, high school/middle school musicals, and numerous other music activities.

Currently more than 600 students are enrolled in elective music programs in fourth to 12th grade, as well as all elementary music programs. The primary source of funds for Sycamore Music Boosters is the annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market. For more information about the Sycamore Music Boosters, visit www.sycamoremusicboosters.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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