Here are details about where and when to take part in several Orion Fall Festival events.
Pie contest, auction
The Orion Fall Festival pie contest and auction will be Friday, Sept. 1, at the band shell in Central Park. Kicking off the three-day event, the pie auction is one of its biggest fundraisers with proceeds reaching more than $15,000 in recent years.
Pies are to be delivered to the band shell from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cream and meringue pies will not be accepted. Bakers should use aluminum pie tins, which will be available for free at Orion Casey’s, Orion Mart, Parkside Treasure House and Orion IGA.
All pies received by 5:30 p.m. will be judged. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The pie committee will choose one pie for Best of Show.
All pies will be auctioned promptly at 6:30 p.m. Stenzel Auction Service of Osco is donating professional services.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Orion Fall Festival Fund, which helps those in need and supports civic activities in the Orion school district.
Strips of advance tickets for the Orion Fall Festival carnival will be available at BankORION, Orion Food Center IGA, Parkside Treasure House and Orion Family Pharmacy until 5:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 1. Individual tickets cannot be sold in advance.
Bike/Hike 4 Sight
Orion Lions Club is sponsoring Bike 4 Sight at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the picnic shelter on the east side of Love Park. Included in Orion Fall Festival for the same time, the event now includes a fun walk and run to allow more people to participate.
Participants can choose 1- or 2-mile routes in southeast Orion. The 1-mile route is all flat and goes from Love Park down 12th Avenue, 13th Street and 14th Avenue A to Mary Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and back.
The 2-mile route starts at Love Park and follows the 1-mile route to 12th Street, then turns onto 12th Street. At 15th Avenue, the route turns right and goes past the bus barn and C.R. Hanna Elementary School, then back to Love Park.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Forms may be picked up before Saturday at Orion schools, BankORION and Orion Casey’s. The registration fees will help fund efforts to help vision- and hearing-impaired persons in the Orion school district.
For more information, or to register, phone Lori Dhabalt at (309) 738-2278.
Parade theme, grand marshall
The Orion Fall Festival parade will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Entries will line up at noon at Orion High School.
“Lions Club — A Century of Service” will be the theme. The Orion Lions Club sponsored Orion Fall Festival for most of the event’s history.
Jim DeBaillie, longtime Fall Festival volunteer and car show organizer, will be the grand marshall.
The parade route travel from OHS down 11th Avenue, turn left onto Fourth Street and then turn left onto 12th Avenue.
Riders may not throw candy from moving vehicles, although walkers may distribute candy.
For more information, phone Jim DeBaillie at (309) 781-6336 or Deena Johnson at 781-1964.
The Orion Fall Festival car show will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, on Fourth Street in Orion. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Antique cars, trucks, classic cars, hot rods and Corvettes will be on display. Teenagers ages 16 to 19 years old will have their own class.
3-D Sound Company of Dixon will provide music.
For more information, phone Jim DeBaillie at (309) 526-8445 or his cell at 781-6336.
Main Street Orion is sponsoring the annual Orion’s Got Talent show from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the band shell in Central Park.
The talent show has expanded to three classes this year: youth, 4 to 10 years; tween/teen, 11 to 19 years, and adult, 20 years and up. If more than one person is in the act, the oldest person will determine the class that the act will be placed in.
Age group winners will receive trophies, and first place will receive $100; second place, $50; and third place, $25.
All contestants must be amateurs. Acts may include singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, comedians and actors.
Judges will be from the area. They will consider performance length (less than four minutes), quality, originality and crowd appeal. Their decisions will be final.
Acts can perform without being judged.
For more information, phone director Kari Rogers at (309) 236-3038.
Orion Fall Festival organizers are selling raffle tickets for 10 prizes valued at $100 each. Only 500 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the band shell in Central Park. Winners need not be present at the drawing to claim their prizes, which include:
• $100 VISA Card from Bank ORION,
• $100 VISA Card from Coulter Agency.
• $100 VISA Card from CSI Insulation.
• $100 VISA Card from DeBaillie Electric.
• $100 Meat Bundle from Highland Packing Co., Colona,
• $100 VISA Card from Myers Plumbing and Heating,
• $100 VISA from Orion Food Center IGA,
• $100 VISA Card from Simplex Truck Lines,
• $100 VISA Card from Svea Mutual Insurance Company, and
• $100 VISA Card from West Concrete.
Tickets are available now. Proceeds will benefit community needs. For more information, phone Larry Anderson at (309) 235-7868.