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Midwest Ag Museum gets $50K

TOULON – The Midwest Agricultural Museum has announced soil erosion expert Louis T. Little of Kewanee donated $50,000 to the museum’s building fund.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Little for his generous contribution,” said Chris McMillen, chairman of the museum’s board of directors. “It brings us closer to creating a permanent and self-sustaining facility that showcases the evolution, growth and importance of farming,”

The museum also announced its participation in a number of summer events:   

• July 10-14. Join the Walldogs in Kewanee for their 20th anniversary meeting. Dozens of sign artists - painted large wall advertisements at the first meet in Allerton, Iowa, in 1993. This year, Kewanee will welcome sign and mural artists from all over the world.

• July 20. Head to Wyoming, Ill., for the annual Corn Boil from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Park. Started in 2003, the Corn Boil features locally grown corn, corn fritters, pork chop and rib eye sandwiches and other treats. Events include a kid’s parade, games, crafts, a tractor show and music.

• Aug. 3. There’s something for everyone at the Toulon Old Settlers Days celebration. Events include music, parade, community picnic, pageants, a 5K run/walk, crafts and food booths.

• Aug. 17-18. The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club sponsors Farm Heritage Days in Wyoming, Ill. Enjoy the antique tractor and equipment displays, blacksmithing and chainsaw demos, a tractor parade and antique tractor pulls.

• Aug. 30 - Sept. 2. The whole town celebrates Kewanee Hog Days. Events include a hog stampede, the World’s Largest Outdoor Pork Barbeque, mud volleyball, a flea market, craft booths, a Model T and Model A rally, free concerts, parades, a car show and more.

• Sept. 2. Enjoy the annual Labor Day Parade in Bradford. Weekend events include pageants, a car show, a fish fry, outdoor movies, food booths and a dance on Main Street. 

The Midwest Agricultural Museum is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of how agriculture has affected – and continues to affect – human history. For more information, visit midwestagmuseum.com.

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