Old Settlers Days ready to kick off 20th festival

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ROCKTON - Live music, bright lights, thrilling rides and much more will be back again as Old Settlers Days (OSD) kicks off on Thursday.

The four-day festival hosted by the Rockton Lions Club offers the Stateline Area a plethora of activities for a good cause.

Monique Weaver, OSD marketing and advertising chair, said the Lions Club is celebrating its 20th OSD this weekend, having raised more than $850,000 to donate to local programs in the last 19 years.

This year's main stage musical acts span the genres of rock, rap and country.

"This year we have a little something for everyone," Weaver said. "It's important we connect with as many people as possible, because we want them to come out and have fun. Also, the more people that come out means raising more money to give back to the community."

Weaver said the festival has brought many up-and-coming musical acts to Rockton over the years, which includes this year's acts.

Starting at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, country signers Kelleigh Bannen and Mitchell Tenpenny will take the main stage.

At 7:45 p.m. Friday, rapper Flo Rida and hip hop cover band Too White Crew will perform.

At 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, country singers Adam Hambrick and Justin Moore will sing.

Finally, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, rock bands Collective Soul and The Gin Blossoms will perform.

Tickets for the main stage acts range from $25 to $40. There's also a four-day music pass available for purchase.

Musical acts also will perform on the Beer Tent Stage, which is free with a general admission ticket. The acts include Kevin Burns from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, The Gilligans from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Distilled from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and JC3 from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday and Dirty Fishnet Stockings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There are other activities as well throughout the weekend. On Thursday, the will be a the Rock River Valley Blood Center Blood Drive from 1-8 p.m. at the Rockton Community Center. Other special events include the 5k run/walk which begins at 8 a.m, and the parade through downtown Rockton beginning at noon on Saturday.

Throughout the four days OSD will offer a carnival, delicious food, vendors and mechanical bull rides.

All four-day general admission passes are $6 each through today. They will be available online and at the venue during the festival for $10 each through the end of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to oldsettlersdays.com or the OSD mobile application. Tickets also can be purchased at the gate.

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