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Fall Trip: Galena

Scenic fall foliage sets the tone for Galena shopping & country fair.

Galena is known for being one of “America’s Best Main Streets” with its charming 19th-century downtown for shopping and entertainment. Blend this with their Country Fair in picturesque Grant Park and fall foliage and you have one fine day in this historic city.

DeKalb County Farm Bureau has arranged a fall trip to Galena on Saturday, Oct. 12 for Farm Bureau members.

Members will travel by motor coach from Sycamore to Galena. Upon arrival in downtown Galena, members will be on their own to shop, dine, tour sites, and participate in the Country Fair.

There are over 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more in downtown Galena, plus restaurants and wineries.

For those who want to go beyond downtown, trolley tours are offered throughout the day to historic places like former President Grant’s home and other points of interest.

The Galena Country Fair boasts more than 100 vendors selling handmade crafts and fine arts in Grant Park. Food and entertainment are also part of the Country Fair venue. Members may walk to the Country Fair or take a shuttle from downtown to the park (located across the Galena River).

Please note: This trip requires an active level of walking. Members will be on their own throughout the day and at their own pace.

The motor coach will depart from Farm Bureau at 8 a.m. with arrival at Galena by 10 a.m. The motor coach departs Galena at 5 p.m. and returns to Farm Bureau by 7 p.m.

Cost of this trip is $30 for members, $40 for guests and includes motor coach transportation.

Registration for the Galena trip opens on Monday, Aug. 5 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Farm Bureau office. Members may call the office at 815-756-6361 to make reservations and provide credit card payment or stop by the office to register.

A limited number of spaces are available for the Galena trip, sold on a first come, first served basis.