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Hogchute Opry Harvest announced for October 15th

This is awesome — a fall version of the Hogchute Opry at Kalyx Center has been announced for October 15th, called Hogchute Opry Harvest. Check out the linup via the Facebook event:

After almost 5 years of holding the Hogchute Opry annually each June, we’ve heard your cries for more and are thrilled to announce the first ever Hogchute Opry Harvest! Same great barn, some familiar faces (and some new), and the satisfying haptic experience of crunchy leaves underfoot. Just $10 at the gate all day, stay as long as you like – and as always we encourage you to stick around for one of Bill’s monstrous bonfires and camp out in the brisk but pleasant October weather. This will be a single-day, jam packed event, but well worth your dollar. Stay tuned for more details and additions!

This fall’s lineup (schedule times TBA):
The Bashful Youngens
The Caleb Cook Band
Cole Rabenort of The Fights
The Dirty Feathers
Finer Feelings
Neoga Blacksmith
Patriot Patrol
Penny Horses
Teaspoon Hunter
Tractor Kings
Whiskey Gypsy

…and once again featuring special performances by:
Hogchute’s Poet Laureate and MC, Sean Lamkin
Central Illinois’ hottest DJ, Horsecorn Cole & His Country ’45s
Open jam after the show – bring and instrument and join the fun!

The Opry will be held at the Kalyx Center for Sustainability, near Monticello, IL. The Kalyx Center is located just outside of Allerton Park, but is set back from the road in the woods, so it may be difficult to find for the uninitiated. There will be signs pointing the way, but we suggest you follow these directions from Bill to find the place:

ADDRESS: 436 E 1300 North Rd, 61856

From Champaign – Urbana, take Church St, in Champaign westbound onto I-72. (not I-74) Exit 166..It’s the first exit for Monticello (marked “Market St. – IL 105”)

Take Market St./IL 105 through two stop LIGHTS to the first stop SIGN. (corner of the ugly County Market)

Turn right onto Marion St., and go to the end (a “T” intersection by a golf course)

Turn left onto Allerton Road, and go about 3 miles, then past
Allerton Park, to another “T”

Turn right onto 1300 North Rd. and look for the Kalyx Center sign
after about 3/4 mile on the right side of the road.

The backwoods roads of Piatt County can be perilous at night even to seasoned veterans, so we encourage you all to bring a tent and camp out. There’s no additional cost, and the fun usually continues around the bonfire after hours. Our friend Fusilli Tony’s Italian Food will be out there to serve up some food, but you’re also welcome to bring your own to grill or throw on the fire. If you’re musically inclined, feel free to bring out an instrument to pick on. Get there early and stake out your claims, pioneers!

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