Barn Festival at Walnut Grove Farm

Historic Walnut Grove Farm has announced it will showcase a wide diversity of local talent and food during the 41st anniversary of the Knox County Scenic Drive, October 7 & 8, 14 & 15.  Scheduled performances, artisan demonstrations and sales will feature regional musicians and artists during all four days of this traditional family event at the Barn Festival.  The farm, an official stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive, is located ½ mile north of Knoxville, IL.   For a full listing of the event go to the Walnut Grove Farm Scenic Drive Barn Fest page.

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 at every stop. 

The event at Walnut Grove Farm has evolved to include fine art, local foods, and a variety of acoustic music styles.  Musical performers will include regional favorites:  Paul Hamilton, Cow Weisenberger, Almost Live, Jared Lacy, Any Olde Tyme, Bill Kuhn, Jera Faragpanahi, Hammer & Pick and David Berchtold. Bob Moberg will read Peter Gorham’s poetry during the second weekend only.

Walnut Grove Farm, born of the prairie in the 1830’s, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.  Its preservation goal is exemplified with activities during the Drive that give families a glimpse of the past.  Over 30 juried artisans make and sell their wares. Woodworkers, potters, weavers, photographers, metal workers, spinners, jewelers, fiber artists, painters, herbalists demonstrate how they can turn their age-old skills into items that have significance today.  Taste open kettle stew, locally grown popcorn, pies, salsa, gourmet chocolates and coffee products while listening to traditional string band music.  Kid fun includes farm animals, carriage rides and art activities provided by the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Donations will be accepted as a way to help defray the event expenses and recent barn improvements.

Show coordinator, Jan King states, “Great art, music, food, farm produce and family fun is a fall combo to not be missed.  All are welcome!”  Check the Scenic Drive Barn Festival page for a full schedule and artists’ info, or call 309-289-4770.


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Historic Walnut Grove Farm Barn Fest is celebrating the Knox County Scenic Drive October 7 & 8, 14 & 15 from 9-5 daily.  Timberframing, farm animals, fall produce, art fair and great local food are staples.

Special musical performances, poetry readings, artisan demonstrations and sales are also planned during this annual fall foliage festival.  The Galesburg Civic Art Center will present a display of the “Outsiders” work and a children’s art activity.  For more information and directions visit