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Friday, June 2nd & Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

This unique festival, which is celebrating our 26th year, will feature more than 3,000 homemade Rhubarb Pies for sale, Rhubarb Sampling, 12,000 free Rhubarb seeds given away, crafts, music, entertainment and more all set in our historic downtown. We’re so serious about our Rhubarb that Governor Pat Quinn officially named Aledo the Rhubarb Capital of Illinois!

2017 Rhubarb Fest

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4 months ago

A few scenes from Rhubarb Fest - Friday, June 2, 2017. Photos courtesy of Trenton Magedanz.

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4 months ago

Pretty darn cool! Thanks Mercer County FFA!

2017 Aledo Rhubarb Festival photos courtesy of Mercer County FFA's unmanned aerial vehicle.

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4 months ago

Truly an amazing weekend! Aledo' s 26th annual rhubarb fest is in the books! Thanks to everyone who came from far and wide and close and near to join us! This lovely couple in the first photo drove ... See more

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Darlene Johnson, Aledo Rhubarb Fest Founder

Pictured is Rhubarb Festival Founder Darlene Johnson at her “Thank You/Retirement Party” held in August of 2016.  Johnson founded the festival in 1990 as a way to draw people to the area and to her cousin’s shop, the House of Burgess in Aledo.  It started off as a simple idea.  That first year Mrs. Johnson and her cousin, Barbara McWhorter offered samples of 13 Rhubarb dishes on the front lawn of the House of Burgess.  That first Rhubarb Festival drew 67 people.   Darlene felt she was on to  something so she gathered volunteers and together, under Johnson’s leadership, the Rhubarb Festival has blossomed into a 2 day event that draws 8,000-10,000 people to our little charming town.  The Festival has become so well known, former governor Pat Quinn declared Aledo the Rhubarb Capital of Illinois and visitors have been known to say they plan their summer vacation around the little town’s festival!  Mrs. Johnson said they’ve had visitors from about 20 states, including California, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri. The Rhubarb Festival Committee and the City of Aledo are very grateful for the tremendous impact Darlene has had on our community.  In 2016,  Darlene retired as Chairperson of the committee but still plays an active role in volunteering.  Aledo native and long time Rhubarb Festival volunteer, Pam Myers has stepped up to assume responsibilities as the 2017 Rhubarb Festival Chair.