Committee Plans Hennepin 200th Anniversary Party

Photo credit: Quentin Buffington/Maggie Spratt
The Village of Hennepin will celebrate its bicentennial the weekend of Sept. 22-24, and community members are working to make the weekend one to remember.

The theme of the celebration is “Let’s Fall into the 1800s.”

Friday Sept. 22 — There will be a movie at the Hennepin pool with complimentary hotdogs and popcorn. Adults will be able to play bags nearby while kids are watching the movie.

Saturday Sept. 23 — Also in the plans so far is a 5K Walk/Run in the morning at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. It will start at The Wetlands Initiative off Route 26 south of Hennepin.

People are invited to join the parade around midday; enter a float, walking unit, motor vehicle or anything that, organizers say, is positive and celebratory of the celebration.

Map of Parade Route

More information about the parade can be answered by Lynn Haage at, (815) 925-9251 (days) or (815) 925-7185 (evenings).

A talent competition will occur later that Saturday at the courthouse. Dance, music and comedy acts are encouraged for the competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top talent of each age category. There is an online registration form.

There also will be a pancake breakfast sponsored by Hennepin Fire Department, bingo sponsored by Putnam County Community Center, old-time games for kids, a kickball tournament, a cemetery walk sponsored by Putnam County Historical Society, a harvest home chicken dinner sponsored by Hennepin Methodist Church, a bags tournament for junior high and high school (sixth-12th) students and a band/beer tent sponsored by Hennepin Marine.

Sunday Sept. 24 — The riverboat the Spirit of Peoria will dock in Hennepin where people can get on for cruises on the Illinois River. This event is sponsored by Marquis Energy and North Central Bank.

Times are subject to change. More information to come.

Source: News Tribune