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Walnut Grove Farm is Celebrating 35 Years on the Drive

Historic Walnut Grove Farm is celebrating 35 years on the Knox County Scenic Drive. Specializing in hand-made art, homemade food, homegrown produce, and fun activities has been the strength of the Barn Fest at Walnut Grove Farm. Local youth can showcase their talents with Kids Rock the Arts contest October 1 & 2, 8 & 9. The farm, an official stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive, is located ½ mile north of Knoxville, IL. For a schedule of events and directions go to

Kids Rock the Arts Contest at Walnut Grove Farm is sponsored by Blick Art Materials and the Galesburg Community Arts Center during the Knox County Scenic Drive. Artists from Kindergarten through the 12th grade are encouraged to bring their original art to the new Galesburg Community Arts Center at 349 E Main by Tuesday September 27th by 6 PM. Youth two dimensional artwork will be displayed at Walnut Grove Farm and judged by celebrated local artist Julie Swanson Davis. Blick Art Materials will provide the winners from each category with gift certificates for a shopping experience at Blick Art Materials. Further details about the youth art contest can be found at Kids Rock the Arts Contest — Walnut Grove Farm, or by calling (309) 289-4770.

The Knox County Scenic Drive is a self-guided fall foliage tour that has become a family tradition for thousands. The Drive began as a way to preserve and showcase the historic sites in the County, and today provides old-time family fun with demonstrations of traditional crafts and work skills. The event at Walnut Grove Farm has evolved to include fine art, local foods, along with farm produce sales and kid activities.

“Kid fun” includes a mini ag fair presented by the Knoxville FFA. Taste open kettle stew, breakfast and daily creative cookery, homemade jams and more. Shop for original artisan creations, meet the artisans, and chat with them about their work.

“We have new artisans, foods, and fun showcased in a Civil War Era Barn with a 35-year history of superb quality,” Rich Wood, show coordinator states. For a full schedule and artists’ info go to, or call (309) 289-4770. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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