Osage Orange Festival features bluegrass band “The Harmans”


The family bluegrass band, “The Harmans,” will headline this year’s Osage Orange Festival at Illinois College. The annual event is planned for Friday, May 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and has been moved back outdoors to a new location on the Illinois College Walkway.

Sponsored by the Illinois College Alumni Association, the Osage Orange Festival is a time-honored tradition on the Hilltop. 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.

A barbecue buffet featuring pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, watermelon and sweet tea will be available for $11 (adults), $6 (children 5-12) and free (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 kids in Memorial Gymnasium while southern Illinois bluegrass band “The Harmans” will entertain outdoors.

Make Osage Orange Festival reservations to the Office of Alumni by Monday, May 6, at 217.245.3046 or
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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