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Posted on: May 17, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Pontiac’s Heritage Days/Pre-War Festival – May 25th

On Saturday, May 25th, the Livingston County Courthouse lawn and the downtown area will be filled with heritage crafters, Civil War re-enactors, and classic, pre-1941 transportation. The annual Pontiac P.R.O.U.D. Heritage Days sponsored by the Floyd A. & Alta I. Byrne Trust and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum’s Pre-War Festival will both take place on that day.

Heritage Days is an annual festival saluting the arts and crafts of yesteryear. The day’s events will start with the Pontiac Farmers’ Market which will begin at 7 AM. Throughout the rest of the day there will be old-time craft demonstrations, sales, and entertainments. A Heritage Days pie baking contest is planned for 9 AM, and the Zoo Lady will be painting kid’s faces from 11 AM to 2 PM. Providing the live entertainment for the two events will be featured performers Gary House of Pontiac, who will perform at 9:30AM, and Dwight native, Alexandra Lee. Lee, who will sing at both 1 and 3 PM on the square, is an up-and-coming country music star. The 2nd Illinois Light Infantry, a group of skilled Civil War re-enactors, will offer a variety of events throughout the day. Firing of the cannon will be held on the lawn south of the Courthouse at 9am, 1pm & 4pm. In addition to 2nd Illinois, General U. S. Grant and President Abraham Lincoln are scheduled to attend and will speak.

Other activities include; Red Fez snack tent, kite flying by The Kite Store family, inflatable rides sponsored by Big H Amusements, wagon rides, antique tractors, and Sparky, the Steam Engine. For more information, contact Lori at (815) 844-6692.

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