Family Fall Festival makes nature the main attraction

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 8:52 PM CDT
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EAST PEORIA (25 News Now) - Saturday, nature lovers got the chance to get out in the woods, where many festivities for friends and family awaited.

The Peoria Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is a group of nature conservationists who are all about soil, air, woods, water, and wildlife. This weekend, their goal was to get more people outdoors with one of its many annual events.

The Family Fall Festival includes a series of activities and raffles to win prizes, with every ticket purchase dedicated to helping preserve the league. The event included the Peoria Rhythm Kings playing blues, car smashing, children’s games, and chicken dinners complete with mac and cheese and fresh corn on the cob.

League president Tom Miller invites anyone to consider membership. “If you want to be outdoors, it’s a fantastic organization for someone to be at,” he says. “To be a member here it costs you a whole 30 cents a day.”

Miller feels that joining this organization is a great way to get outdoors and be active. He adds it also provides a safe environment for kids to play in while staying out of harm’s way.

“We just got through celebrating our 100th year and it all originated in Chicago. Were all around, were many fingers into one body,” says Roland Behrens, a member since 1948.

For more information on getting involved, you can visit the Izaak Walton League of America website.