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Local Annual Events

Easter Egg Hunt

The excitement begins with the arrival of the Easter Bunny for this annual event sponsored by the Morrison Kiwanis and High School Key Club, held the Saturday before Easter Sunday at Kiwanis Park, west of the baseball field on North Genesee Street.  Hunts are held for children age 2 and under; 3 to 4; 5 to 6; and 7 to 9. Bring your own container and a camera for photos with the big bunny.  There is no rain date.

Morrison City-Wide Garage Sale

Held on a Friday and a Saturday in June, contact the Whiteside News Sentinel at (815) 772-7244.

CAPA Spring Art Show

This event features hundreds of pieces of art created by students from all Morrison schools, K-12 during the school year. Held at the MJHS over a two-day weekend in May, attendance has increasingly grown at the Art Show and students look forward to them as a way to show their family and peers their work. Visit the Children’s Art Preservation Association website at  for more information.

Firecracker Weekend

Located at 13524 Black Road, the Bike Barn is home to off-road racing events for M/C’s, ATV’s, 4×4 Trucks, and Demolition Derby’s such as the annual “Firecracker Weekend” held on 4th of July Weekend featuring Bogs, Drags, MotoX and a fireworks display.

Blue Goose Corn Maze

Come out and lose someone in our Illinois Corn Maze located at 14609 Blue Goose Rd., open August through October each year, (815) 772-7200.

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Held on Memorial Day to honor our Veterans, the parade begins on Main Street and proceeds to Grove Hill Cemetery for a patriotic ceremony.

The Whiteside County Fair

The annual county fair, held every August at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, starts and ends with a bang, with the crowd-pleasing demolition derbies grandstand events. The fair provides something for everyone, young and old alike including a carnival and midway attractions, a petting zoo, and grandstand events including harness racing and musical entertainment.  Check for more information or phone the Secretary’s Office at (815) 772-7329.

Harvest Hammer

The third Saturday in September, starting at 8:00 AM, the Harvest Hammer event is held at the Morrison High School.  The major race event, sponsored by Morrison Rotary, includes a Duathlon for men and women; a Children’s Fun Run for children 5th grade and under; a 1-mile challenge run for 5th-8th grad students; and a 5k run/walk for all.  Call(815) 772-3249 or online at for more information.

Paint the Town

Morrison’s downtown is transformed into hundreds of works of art and self-expression during this popular CAPA sponsored event, held the third Saturday in September.  Painting begins at noon on Saturday and streets remain closed on Sunday for viewing.  Entertainment, street musicians, food, and live bands add to the festivities.  Call City of Morrison at (815) 772-7657 or visit

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Department Youth Fishing Derby

Held the Saturday after Labor Day at Morrison Rockwood State Park, 18750 Lake Road, Morrison. Children 15 and younger may participate, with registration starting at 8:30 AM.  It’s not necessary to catch a fish to be eligible to win one of the many prizes awarded.  Visit or call (815) 772-4044 for info.

The Moose Run

In fall, the Bike Barn, 13524 Black Road is home to the nationally known Round 10 of the OMA National Off-Road Racing Series.  For more information and other events call (815) 778-3641 or visit, or

Halloween Parade

Held the Saturday before Halloween, hundreds of Ghouls, Goblins, Princesses, Witches, Super Heroes and more converge on downtown Morrison.  Line-up for the parade begins at Community State Bank with the parade proceeding down Main Street to the Post Office.  All participants receive treat bags and prizes are awarded for best costumes.  Contact the Morrison Chamber of Commerce at (815) 772-3757. Parade is held, rain or shine. Sponsored by the Chamber and Cottonwood 4-H Club.

Christmas Walk

Each December, the first weekend in December, Morrison celebrates a “Hometown Christmas” with a lighted parade, window displays, business open houses, church suppers, holiday entertainment, and Santa visits.  Call the Morrison Chamber of Commerce for more information, (815) 772-3757.

PTO Craft Fair and Bake Sale

Held the first Saturday in December from 8:30 AM to 2 PM at the Southside Elementary School, 100 Academic Dr., Morrison. Admission is free and a lunch stand is provided. Contact Southside School at (815) 772-2183.