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casey's donut eating contest
auto show
5k run
chana school
create a canvas
commemorative
stamp cancellation

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craft show
farmers market

food court
fun zone
harvest time parade
olde english faire
public library
book sale

tractor classic

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OLDE ENGLISH FAIRE
Take a journey back in time and tour a castle at the Olde English Faire, held in conjunction with the Autumn on Parade festival at the Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center.

Stronghold will transform itself from a modern retreat and meeting facility to the site of the Olde English Faire on Saturday, Oct. 7th and Sunday, Oct. 8th
Wandering players will perform both onstage and off as crafters and merchants display their wares.

Minstrels will fill the pathways and stages with melodies while children gather in the Gremlin's Garden for stories and other children's activities.

These and many more delights await you at the Olde English Faire!

Gates shall open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. The Faire shall conclude at 5:30 p.m.

Admission prices for a one-day ticket
  • Adults - $10.00
  • Children ages, 7-12 - $5.00
  • No charge for children age 6 and under.
  • Add on a tour of Stronghold Castle for $2.00.
All proceeds will go towards renovating the castle!

Tours of the Castle will give visitors a chance to explore the Great Hall, the circular Library and to discover the secret passageway.

Stronghold is the camping and retreat ministry of Blackhawk Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA). It is situated on 360 acres of woodlands on the bluffs overlooking the Rock River.

When not hosting the Faire, the Center offers facilities for overnight retreats, summer camps, leadership development programs and outdoor education programming.

Walter Strong, owner and publisher of the Chicago Daily News, and his family built the Castle as a vacation home in 1928. It was purchased by a group of Presbyterian churches in 1962 and is the centerpiece of the retreat center.

Stronghold is located two miles north of the Ogle County Courthouse Square on IL Rte. 2 North.

For additional information, visit www.strongholdcenter.org.