Autumn on Parade Pictures, October 7 & 8, 2006

Oregon, Illinois

    In 1970, a fall festival was started in Oregon, Illinois. It has grown over the years, with many activities and displays added. In the center of town, there is a historic courthouse with grounds covering the entire block, except for a parking lot for the Police Department. This area, as well as several blocks of streets near the courthouse are all lined with various booths of crafts, homemade foods, etc. Many of the businesses have specials or participate in other ways. The festival is always on the first full weekend of October, and if the weather is good, the town can swell to upwards of 50,000 visitors. Even in bad weather (cold, windy, rainy or a combination) there are still an amazing number of visitors. On Sunday, at one o'clock there is always a large parade. The parade can last for two hours, with a wide variety of entries. On Saturday evening, many alumni of Oregon High School from various years, meet at the local VFW - this was my first year to attend. My husband and I had a great time, even though there were only two other members from my class. I hope you enjoy looking at my photos, and if you get a chance, come join us next year!


Stronghold Castle

Photos taken by Dan

Saturday, October 7, 2006


    Stronghold Castle was built in the late 1920's by the Walter Strong family. Walter Strong was well known in the Chicago area, as he was the publisher of one of the Chicago newspapers. The family used this as their summer home. In 1963, it was sold to the Presbyterian church who has used it since as a conference center for their members. If you would like to read more about it, the following link will take you to a page called Castles of the United States. Stronghold is listed under the section for Illinois and there is a link there that will take you to a page that has a lot of information. This link will open in a new window so that you just click to close and you will be back on this page.

Castles of the United States

    The following link will take you to the Stronghold website, with a few pictures of what the entire area looks like. It also has explanations of how it is used currently, with several links to tell you more about the activities that are held there. This link will also open in a new window so that you just click to close and you will be back on this page.

Stronghold Center


stronghold       stronghold 2       stronghold 3

    The outside of the building. Dan was trying to get a shot of the gargoyles that are on the outside of the structure. He was using my older digital camera and it does not do well with distant zooms. The gargoyles are what look like security cameras on the sides of the building.


    Pictures on the grounds of the castle, including part of the members of a Renassaince Group, and coffins that were on display.

renas members 1       renas members 2

coffin       clock coffin       coffin parts

parts 2       parts 8       other parts

other coffin parts 2       other parts 3       other parts 4

other parts 5       other parts 6       other parts 7

    The following are pictures from the inside of various rooms within the castle. There is a picture of a small fireplace, as well as a couple of the main fireplace. Dan had his friend Earl stand next to the main fireplace so that there is perspective on the size of it. Earl is approximately five foot, ten inches in height. There are also several views of the ceiling, some walls and also of the spiral stairs.

sm fire place       earl fireplace       closeup fire place

main fire place

ceiling       ceiling2       ceiling 3

ceiling 4       ceiling 5

from top stairs       spiralstairs       spiralstairs

wall       wall 2       another wall

former sunken garden
This was a former sunken garden.

rock river view       rock river view 2

These two views are of the Rock River. They were taken through an upper window in the castle. The moisture you see on the photo was on the outside of the window.


The Parade

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Photos taken by susie

    These are not photos of all the entries in the parade, just the ones that we particularly liked, and could get. We did miss a few. One of the honored units this year was the local Knights of Columbus council. This year they celebrated their hundredth anniversary. My husband is a member, and back in the 1950's, my dad also belonged and one of the years, he was the Grand Knight. I missed getting a photo of their truck and trailer where several of the Knights were dressed in the full regalia of the 4th Degree. I also missed most of the people on the old fashioned huge front wheel bicycles - was too busy watching!


parade       parade 2       parade 5

parade 6       parade 3       parade 4

parade 7       parade 8       parade 9

parade 10       parade 11       parade 12

parade 13       parade 14       parade 15

parade 16       parade 17

parade 23       parade 21

parade 22       parade 20

parade 18       parade 19       parade 24

parade 25       parade 26

watching       redneck car
redneck car 2



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