Osage Orange Festival set for May 9


President Barbara A. Farley will conclude her nationwide Presidential Tour at this spring’s Osage Orange Festival. The annual Illinois College event is planned for Friday, May 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Steuer Walkway (formerly known as Illinois College Walkway).

Sponsored by the Illinois College Alumni Association, the Osage Orange Festival is a time-honored tradition at Illinois College. The event began with a picnic in 1882 when students and faculty took a break from their studies to trim the Osage hedge that surrounded campus. The picnic has grown into a festival in recent years to accommodate musical entertainment and activities for all ages.

Mini pulled pork and chicken sandwiches will be served with macaroni and cheese, home style chips with seasoning, coleslaw and brownies. In addition, grilled corn on the cob, a cotton candy station and fruit bars will be offered, along with sweet tea, lemonade and fruit punch. Meals are $11 for adults, $6 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. The Osage Orange meal will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the Illinois College family and the surrounding community.

Free, supervised inflatable games will be offered for the children in Memorial Gymnasium while southern Illinois bluegrass band “The Harmans” will return to campus to entertain.

Farley has traveled a total of 17,880 miles to 13 cities throughout the U.S. to meet Illinois College alumni, parents and friends during her inaugural year as the 14th president of the college. The Osage Orange Festival will serve as the final stop on her tour.

Make Osage Orange Festival reservations to the Office of Alumni by Friday, May 2, at 217.245.3046 or


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