Swimming Pools over 24″ high will need to obtain a permit. More information is available in the “News” section at the bottom of the page. —- The  Sesquicentennial Headquarters / Store (110 West 2nd Street) is now open!   The store hours are:  Mondays 10am-3pm  Thursdays 3pm-7pm  and Saturdays 10am-3pm. 
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Sesquicentennial Celebration

Rock Falls turns 150 in 2017!

The  Sesquicentennial Headquarters / Store (110 West 2nd Street) is now open!   The store hours are:  

Mondays 10am-3pm  Thursdays 3pm-7pm  and Saturdays 10am-3pm. 

 

Click here for Sesquicentennial hotel packages being offered to returning residents and visitors.

Scroll below for a list of activities throughout the Sesquicentennial Week.

 

Events

The week-long events will be posted on our Facebook Page and on  on Rock Falls’ Tourism site.

Preliminary Events 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Miss Sesquicentennial Additional Interview Sessions @ 10:00am. – Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Miss Sesquicentennial Preliminary Round @ 6:00 p.m. – Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Monday, July 17, 2017

  • Miss Sesquicentennial Semi-Finals @ 6:00 p.m. – Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Opening of the Time Capsule @ 10:00 a.m. – Seward Park

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

  • Dedication of the RB&W District Park @ 1:30 p.m.

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

  • Beard Competition Preliminaries @ Day’s Inn Conference Room @ 7:00 p.m.

 

Sesquicentennial Celebration Week

Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • Air Celebration @ Whiteside County Airport 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sesquicentennial Ball @ Rock Falls High School Gymnasium
  • Doors Open @ 5:00 p.m. – View Time Capsule items
  • Finals – Miss Sesquicentennial 2017 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Dinner/Entertainment @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Dance to Class Act II 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

  • Historical Service at City Churches
  • Beard Competition Finals @ RB&W Riverfront Venue 1:00 p.m.
  • Dedication of Peace Pole @ RB&W Riverfront Park 3:00 p.m.
  • Family Bike Ride Hennepin Canal Parkway Entrance 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Heritage Sunday Community Worship Service @ RB&W Riverfront Venue 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Monday, July 31, 2017

  • Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil @ Community Building 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Historical Displays/Living in the 1800’s @ Rock Falls High School 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
  • Open House: City of Rock Falls Utilities Facilities 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Farmers Market @ Firehouse Museum Parking Lot  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Presentation: Historic Hennepin Canal- Mr. Frank Yaklich @ Merrill School Cafeteria   6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday. August 1, 2017

  • Historical Displays/Living in the 1800’s @ Rock Falls High School 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
  • Open House: Rock Falls Wastewater Facilities 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Farmers Market @ Firehouse Museum Parking Lot  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Presentation: 1867-1917- Mr. Russ Siefkin @ Merrill School Cafeteria 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

  • Farmers Market @ Firehouse Museum Parking Lot  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Open House: Rock Falls Police & Fire Departments 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Historical Displays/Living in the 1800’s @ Rock Falls High School 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Bike Ride – Hennepin Canal Parkway Entrance 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Presentation: 1918-1967- City Clerk Eric Arduini @ Merrill School Cafeteria 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Thursday. August 3, 2017

  • Farmers Market @ Firehouse Museum Parking Lot  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Historical Displays/Living in the 1800’s @ Rock Falls High School 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Open House: Street Department 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Presentation: 1968-2017- Mayor Bill Wescott @ Merrill School Cafeteria 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

  • Farmer’s Market @ Firehouse Museum Parking Lot  8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
  • Open House: Rock Falls Water Department 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Music on the Riverfront @ RB&W Riverfront Venue 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Barber shoppers begin at 6:00pm

Rock Falls Alumni Band/Drum Line/Blue Grass Music

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • Fire House of God Fire Museum Tours 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Arts/Craft Show  Love Light Tree Parking Lot 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Parade 10:30 a.m.
  • Children’s Events West 2nd Street
  • Street Dance: West 2nd Street 3:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
  • Fireworks Gala  “Over the Rock River”     9:15 p.m.

Events may be subject to change

Rain Events will be moved to the Rock Falls High School

Craft Show August 5th, 2017

Our craft show will be right in the midst of the events going on, so we are looking for crafters for our craft show on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Time: 10 am to 5 pm (setup from 8 am to 10 am)

Please download the Event Flier and Application below.

Sesquicentennial Craft Show Flier  

Craft Show Vendor Application 

 

 

Sesquicentennial Parade

The Sesquicentennial Parade will be held on Saturday August 5th at 10:30am.

For details, and to get a parade entry form, please visit the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce here:

Sesquicentennial Parade Information 

 

 

 

 

Beard and Mustache Competition

Rock Falls, Illinois will be offering it’s own “Whisker Wars” on July 28th & July 30th, 2017

For details, and to get an entry form, please visit the Rock Falls Tourism  here:

Rock Falls Beard and Mustache Competition  

 

 

 

 

Sesquicentennial Committee

The City of Rock Falls Sesquicentennial Committee will be conducting meetings, which are open to anyone in the community or surrounding area that would like to take part in the planning of the 150th Birthday of the City of Rock Falls in 2017.  Chairmen of various activities, as well as, volunteers galore will be needed. If you belong to a Church group, civic organization, youth group, etc. , come and see how you can become  involved. The dates have been set, and  the celebration will take place the week of July 29 – August 5, 2017.

The meetings will take place at Rock Falls City Hall, 603 West 10th Street in the Council Chambers beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Meetings Dates

Tuesday , March 14th,  2017

Tuesday April 11th,  2017

Tuesday May 9th, 2017

Tuesday June 13th, 2016