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Osage Orange Festival offers a fun evening for all

5.08.2018

Illinois College will be hosting its popular Osage Orange Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Hall parking lot, located on the corner of Edgehill Road and Park Street. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

This year’s festival offers entertainment for all ages — including live music from The Rowdy Jones Band, inflatables, face painting, games and fun activities for all attendees. 

A variety of the area’s favorite food trucks including Fields of Sweets, Luau Grill, Twyford BBQ and Chartwells catering will provide a delicious variety of festive food and drink options, including beer and wine, for purchase.

Sponsored by the Illinois College Alumni Association, the Osage Orange Festival is again expected to draw a large crowd to celebrate the achievements of Illinois College graduates in the tradition of Osage Orange. Beginning in 1882, students and faculty would break from their studies to picnic and trim the Osage hedge that surrounded campus. In that same spirit, Illinois College will celebrate the Class of 2018 and looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike for a fun-filled evening.

Osage Orange Festival attendees are invited to RSVP online to help with planning, but all are welcome to attend without an RSVP. The event is part of a weekend of events leading up to Illinois College’s 184th Commencement which will be held Sunday, May 13. For more information about commencement, visit www.ic.edu/commencement
 

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, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. 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 www.ic.edu or call 217.245.3467 for more information.

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