ROCHESTER, Ill. (WAND) - The Village of Rochester is turning 150 years old.

The village is marking the Sesquicentennial with a celebration September 13, 14, and 15.

Events are being held at Rochester Community Park and Historical Park.

Schedule of events:

Friday, September 13

  • 5:00 p.m. Tot Rods
  • 7:30 p.m. Dance Revue—Above and Beyond Dance Company
  • 5:00-9:00 p.m. Carnival
  • 5:00-9:00 p.m. HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center -- Baseball Field
  • Food Concessions: Boy Scouts, CooperstrEATside Bistro, Carnival

Saturday, September 14

  • 7:00-9:00 am Free Pancake Breakfast—Rochester Christian Church
  • 7:30 am Walk/Run, “Race to the Party” (rain or shine) *Sign up here:
  • 8:00 am Farmer’s Market
  • 9:00 am Fishing Derby—Harry Hendrickson
  • 10:00 am Opening Ceremony—Stone House; (rain plan—under tent)
    Flag Raising—BSA, VFW, 114th Regiment (gun salute), Re-enactors,
    Announcements of Winners— Walk/Run
    Dignitaries—State, County, Township, Village, RSC Board
    Reading of Proclamations
    Time Capsule—Adam Gribbins
    Recognition—Oldest persons, baby born closest to March 1
    Citizen of the Year—40th Anniversary; Recognition of past Citizens of the Year
    ​Masonic Lodge—150th Anniversary
    ​Agricultural Community
  • 12:00 pm Boy Scouts Rocket Launch
  • 12:00 pm Local Car Cruise-In—Elementary School Parking Lot
  • 1:00-4:00 pm Carnival
  • 1:00-5:00 pm Musical Entertainment—Stone House—Junior Stevens; Whirled Peas
  • 1:00-7:00 pm - HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center -- Baseball Field 5
  • 4:00 pm Miss Rochester Pageant
  • 5:00-9:00 pm Carnival
  • 6:00 pm Student Entertainment—Fine Arts Auditorium
  • 7:00 pm Sesquicentennial Gala—DUAL PIANO—Mark Gifford, Damien Kaplan, sponsored by Rochester Lions Club & Jim Rowley
  • 7:00-8:30 pm Unchained—Rochester Park
  • 9:00 pm Fireworks

Vendors and Artisans in Park and Stone House Area:

Encampment, 114th Regiment; Rescue and Fire Squads,Police Dept., VFW, Class of ’69, Sesquicentennial Booth, Time Capsule Booth, HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center, Authors,

Deb’s Nantuckets & more; Textiles, Kathy Roe; Forge, Kelly Firebaugh; Loess Rock Club; Flint-knapper, Danny Morres; Paul Carlson and Fur Traders; Gerberdings; Rag Rugs; Chaplain/Nurse

Farmers’ Marketplace: Arrowroot Coffee, Four Sweets, Ostermeier Honey, Randy Bellville (Mums and fall items), Sweet Heat BBQ, Waldmires, Fruit of the Spirit Jams,

Sunday, September 15

  • 1:00 pm Rochester Drumline
  • 1:15 pm Rochester 150 Birthday Party
  • 1:30 pm Entertainment
  • 1:00-5:00 pm Carnival

Carnival wristbands are good for four hours of rides. Wristbands purchased at the Carnival are $20.