Raggedy Ann enthusiasts celebrate character's 100th birthday

ARCOLA - Raggedy Ann enthusiasts from around the state are gathering in central Illinois to celebrate the character's 100th birthday this weekend.

Officials say the birthday celebration will be held during the annual Raggedy Ann Rally in Arcola on June 12 and 13.  Among the events planned this year will be a welcome dinner and auction of collectible Raggedy Ann and Andy items at Yoder's Kitchen in Arthur at 6:00 p.m.

Raggedy Ann was patented by Arcola native Johnny Gruelle on September 7, 1915.  For more information about this event, visit http://www.raggedyann100.com/.

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