Puckerbrush Days, Forest City’s annual community celebration is fast approaching, and as always there will be a number of fun and exciting events and activities going on around town.
The history behind the unique name of the celebration is an unusual one. Early on, the town was surrounded by a dense bush called Puckerbrush. The bush had a berry on it and when eaten, it would make you pucker. Although the bush has long been gone from Forest City, the name stands as a symbol of city’s history.
Throughout the four day celebration, which spans from July 16 to the 19th, there are numerous events and entertainment opportunities available for families and community members to do, ranging from the Rotary Club’s chicken feed, to new events such as the Dog agility demonstration, as well as, the Battle of the Businesses and the annual Parade. Other activities include, an Author and Blogger’s meet up, a variety show, fire truck rides and a craft show on the Winnebago County Courthouse lawn.
“I think every town should have an annual celebration,” said Forest City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy Rollefson. “Some people may have moved away, or are in town for a family reunion, and this gives them a place to meet and gives them more things to do while they’re here. It’s also a great fundraising opportunity.”
Each year, there is a theme that goes along with the celebration and the theme this year is Aussie Wild(life)! An accurate description, given the amount of life that will infuse itself into the city during the 4-day celebration.
Want to get involved with any of the event planning or volunteer opportunities? Contact the Forest City Chamber of Commerce at 641-585-2092.
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