The 22nd annual Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic will kick off the Geneseo Harvest Time Music Festival on Sept. 29 at the high school’s Bob Reade football stadium. The two-day festival, sponsored by the Geneseo Performing Arts Council, also will include festivities in Geneseo City Park. Bands from area high schools will compete for top honors at the Maple Leaf Classic Marching Band Competition from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, including bands from Rockridge, Davenport North, Galesburg, Cambridge, Galva, Kewanee, Wethersfield, Oregon, ROWVA, Rochelle, Dunlap, LaSalle-Peru, Streator, Metamora, East Peoria, Pekin, McHenry, Oak Park/River Forest and IVC. The Geneseo Middle School band will perform prior to the competition, and the Geneseo High School marching band will perform at its conclusion. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students. Sept. 30’s festivities include a pork-chop dinner and concessions from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with karaoke and music from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Geneseo City Park, or at the high school if it rains. The seventh- and eighth-grade choirs will perform at 1 p.m., followed by the high school vocalists at 2. Choirs from grades 4-12 will present the grand finale at 4:45, with songs related to this year’s theme, “The Beatles Tribute.” The event also will include a live auction, raffle drawings, a talent show and more. Big-ticket raffle items include a year’s worth of groceries from Fareway valued at $5,200, a laptop, XBOX and a Kindle Fire. Raffle tickets ($10 each, or three for $20) are available at the festival or from band and choir members. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Geneseo band, choir and drama students.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.