Participation Events

Nickle Scramble
Friday, August 25 @ 7:00 p.m. (ages 1-12)
Sponsored by Cherry Valley Firefighters Association and Cherry Valley Festival Committee. Hunt for hidden nickels in the straw. Located in the festival area just north of the entrance. Sign up is not necessary. No ticket required. Child must be able to walk. Bring a container for nickels.


Cherry Pie Eating Contest
Sunday, August 27 @ 2:00 p.m. 4 age groups: 6-9, 10-13, 14-17, and 18+. On the shade tent stage.
Participants eat 1/4 of a pie with hands behind their backs. Sign up begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday inside the shade tent. Pies are donated by the Illinois Machine Shed. Prizes will be awarded. (First 8 registrants per age group participate.)


Muddy Money Mud Pit
Saturday, August 26 @ 1:00 p.m. (ages 10+) Cash Prizes totaling $500.
Dig for money and many other prizes in the mud. Located at the sledding hill in Baumann Park just off the festival grounds. Button required to sign up. Sign up for limited registrations begins Friday, 5:00 p.m. at the shade tent.


Scottish Highland Games
Saturday, August 26 Noon – 6:00 p.m.
The Scottish Highland Games are traditional Celtic games consisting of distance events, height events and the caber. This is an athletic competition pitting the athletes’ strength and skill against fellow athletes. For more information, visit their website at There will also be a bake sale/silent auction fundraiser along with the games. Proceeds to go to “American Cancer Society.” Any questions: email

Home Depot Of Rockford
Saturday, August 26 Noon – 3:00 p.m. (ages 3 and up) & Sunday, August 27 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ages 3 and up)
Enjoy building your wooden project supplied by Home Depot. All hammers, nails, screwdrivers, and glue supplied along with pre-cut wood. We’ll start at noon in the shade tent. Kits are limited, so one per child, on a first come, first serve basis. Adult supervision is recommended. No tickets or money required except a big THANK YOU! to Home Depot. Sponsored by Home Depot of Rockford, 6930 Argus Dr., Rockford.


 Golden Key Hunt
Ongoing Friday (7:00 p.m.) Thru Sunday
Attend festival events and receive clues to the whereabouts of a golden skeleton key hidden within the village. First clue and list of events, which will have clues, will be posted at the Nickel Scramble on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. or in front of the food ticket booth. Prize is $50 cash. This event will run the weekend or until the golden skeleton key is found. Open to all ages. If you find the key, bring it to the food ticket booth to claim your prize. No registration or tickets required. A second hunt will start if the key is found within the first three clues.

Annual Slow-Pitch Tourney
Saturday & Sunday, August 25- 27, 2017

Time: Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place: Baumann Park, Cherry Valley, IL
Event: 14 teams competing in a double elimination tournament.

 Pink Heals
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 8:00pm


To provide Visionary Leaders and Local Businesses with a program that maintains fundraising dollars locally in support of women and their families! PINK Heals uses the color PINK to represent women and their families, rather than a specific disease.  Our PINK does not represent breast cancer.  PINK HEALS supports men, women, and children of Winnebago County in their fight against any cancer.

Community Service Tent
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Cherry Valley Public Library, Christ the Rock Church, Creative Learners II Preschool, Leukomia/Lymphoma Society and Alpine Bank.
Spots are available in the 2017 Community Service Tent for non-profit organizations or Festival sponsors. Contact Lelia Noval at 815-332-9529 weekdays for more info.

Pickles the Clown
Friday, August 25, 2017

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm