ROCKTON - Although the weather seemed to cast a cloud of doubt at times, Old Settlers Days went off without a hitch this weekend, drawing big crowds and bringing smiles to many faces.
Monique Weaver, marketing coordinator for Old Settlers Days, said there was a bit of rain Saturday, but once the rain drops stopped, the crowds piled into Settlers Park.
"We had a wonderful evening (Saturday) and a potentially record-breaking crowd," Weaver said. "The little bit of rain we had took the temperatures down and it ended up being a win-win for everyone."
There was a big crowd filling up the main stage area for Jackie Lee and Jake Owens, who put on a great show, she said.
The Old Settlers Days parade on Saturday also brought out big crowds.
Weaver noted all the funds raised from Old Settlers Days goes to the Lions Club and then in turn, funds are donated to several local charities.
"When we have a good night, everyone has a good night," she said.
And there were plenty of people having a good time at Old Settlers Days' final day on Sunday.
Terry Peterson and his son Daniel were taking a ride on the giant slide in the carnival area of the park.
"He loves to do the rides and the games," Terry Peterson said about his son's love for Old Settlers Days. He added the boy won a fish and a hermit crab on Saturday at one of the carnival games.
Terry Peterson said he was raised in Rockton and often makes it to Old Settlers Days. He said it is one of the few carnival and music festivals left in the area, since Beloit's Riverfest and Rockford's On the Waterfront festivals discontinued.
Alex Edgington and 3-year-old Oakley Edgington had just finished taking a spin on the Teacup ride and were ready to head for another ride.
"He likes the Teacups and he's excited to try the games," he said of little Oakley, who was anxious to get to the next carnival attraction.
People strolled through the midway munching on a variety of food offerings, from chocolate-covered bananas to shaved ice to elephant ears to Cajun delights, there was something to please every taste.
Country star Trace Adkins was the main stage attraction Sunday night, and the stage and VIP area were decorated in a beach theme, with surfboards at the side of the stage and pineapple centerpieces on tables in the VIP area.
The festival ended with its usual fireworks display to the delight of those attending the final day of Old Settlers Days.