The shops, restaurants, and museums of Bishop Hill will be participating in a Bargain Harvest Weekend on October 2-4. A variety of discounts and sale offers can be found at participating businesses and restaurants during normal business hours. After a day of shopping, stop by the Filling Station on Friday, P.L. Johnson’s on Saturday, or the Colony Inn on either night for a tasty dinner. Visitors who collect signatures from all the shops, restaurants and museums will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket at the Colony Store or the Vasa National Archives. The drawing will be Sunday at 3:30.

Visitors are invited to participate in the activities found around town. The Bishop Hill State Museum will have a scavenger hunt. The Vasa National Archive will have a craft station available. Visitors can hunt for cut-out pumpkins hidden around town to win a special prize. Tell the Vasa National Archives where the pumpkins are an you will get a special treat. The Prairie Arts Center is sponsoring a Scarecrow Contest among the businesses and museums of Bishop Hill. Visitors can vote on their favorite scarecrow at the Prairie Arts Center.

The Bishop Hill Arts Council hopes you will come out and show support for the businesses that keep this treasured community alive. Masks and social distancing/capacity rules are enforced. Contact Kathy at the Vasa National Archives , or 309-927-3898, if you have any questions.