Thursday, July 12, 2012


The festival will run from Tuesday, August 7 - Sunday, August 12. The celebrations will kick-off with the traditional In the President's Shadow Wine Tasting event at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood home on August 7. The event is expected to be a sell-out again this year.

On Wednesday, August 8 families are invited to come to the Riverfront in downtown Dixon from 6-8 p.m. for free ice cream by Culver's and music by the local musician Jazzy Jeff.

Thursday, August 9 is the Community Picnic at Lowell Park, where Reagan saved 77 lives as a lifeguard. The picnic will feature a cookout by Fern's Cafe. Cost for dinner is just $2 and kids 18 and under eat for free. There will be free pontoon boat rides, face painting, and activities for the whole family from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, August 10 will feature the Dixon Main Street Musical Fridays concert at Noon on the Riverfront featuring music by Ray Rose. Also on Friday is the annual Reagan Dinner Gala at Timber Creek Golf Club at 6 p.m. The evening will honor former Dixonite's Dr. David Kuter, Chad Mumford and Lynn Knights. There will be music by the Reagan Centennial Jazz Quartet. Tickets for the elegant evening are $35 and reservations are required.

Saturday, August 11 will feature events throughout the day highlighted by Kid’s Day at the Reagan Home. At 10am the Alzheimer’s Association will hold its annual duck race on the Rock River. There will be Historic Trolley Tours of many local Reagan and Dixon historic sites from 12-6pm starting at the Riverfront.At 2pm The Next Picture Show will begin their Art Truck Show on the Riverfront and at 2pm join Mama Cimino’s as they celebrate 5 years in Downtown Dixon with a Peoria Ave. Block Party. There will also be a Bags Tournament starting at 4pm. And don’t forget that Second Saturdays Art Happenings will be going on in the downtown starting at 6pm that evening.

Sunday, August 12 -- A special concert at the Historic Dixon Theatre at 4 p.m. The Reagan Centennial Reprise Concert will be performed by the Dixon Municipal Band Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at Trein's Jewelry in Dixon or online at For ticket information, call 815-288-2308.

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