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Amateur chefs are invited to put their culinary creativity to the test by making their own salsa at the 2012 Salsa Challenge presented by Taxco Restaurant.  The Salsa Challenge will take place at Discover Sycamore’s Farmers’ Market on Sunday, September 9th, at the corner of Somonauk and Elm Streets in downtown Sycamore.  The contest will begin at 11am, judging at noon and the winners will be announced at 1pm.

Come compete head to head with other local salsa enthusiasts. The contest is limited to 25 participants and pre-registration is recommended, as contestants are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis.  The entry fee is $10 per salsa before Wednesday, September 5th.   For a registration form Click Here .  The entry fee for day of registration is $15 per salsa, and contestants must arrive and register before 11am.  Tomatoes will be provided, but contestants must provide all other necessary ingredients and kitchen utensils. First, second and third places will be awarded prizes from Taxco Restaurant.

“We encourage people to get creative and think ‘outside the box’ when submitting their recipes,” said Jesus Romero, owner of Taxco Restaurant. “The more unusual entrees will surely attract attention from the judges, “he added.

The 2012 Salsa Challenge is brought to you by Taxco Restaurant and Discover Sycamore.  For more information please contact Discover Sycamore at (815)895-3456 or visit discoversycamore.com.


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The 50’s are making a come-back in Sycamore during Turning Back Time Weekend scheduled for July 27th through July 29th.  Hop into your vintage ride and cruise over to downtown Sycamore for classic cars, live entertainment and tons of fun.

We’ll kick off the weekend with a free outdoor movie on Friday, July 27th at dusk.  Bring the whole family to Downtown Sycamore and check out “Cars 2” on the big screen.  Discover Sycamore’s Summer on State is brought to you by the Jeff Keicher of State Farm Insurance.  Don’t forget to pack lawn chairs and blankets!

Cruise Night presented by Auto Meter Products will take place Saturday, July 28th from 3-11pm.  Bringing back the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s, Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones will take the stage from 7-10pm.  Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones are known for recreating the glory days with hits from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and The Beatles.   Discover Sycamore’s Cruise Night will also include a Classic Car Cruise Parade, beer garden, Disc Jockey, food vendors and more!  Cruise Night is also sponsored by The National Bank and Trust Company, American Midwest Bank, Castle Bank, Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Taxco Restaurant Too.

For the second year, the Cruise Night award line-up will include the “Winning Ride” trophy and cash prize provided by Auto Meter Products.  The winner will be entered into the Auto Meter Products WinningRide.com competition.  This provides the winner with a chance to win the ultimate prize, to have your “Winning Ride” displayed in the Auto Meter Products booth at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas.  Vehicle registration will begin at 3pm on the day of the event.  Pre-registration for Cruise Night is available Click Here

Sunday, July 29th brings the 13th Annual Fizz Ehrler Memorial Car Show to downtown Sycamore.  Help the Turning Back Time Car Club reach their goal of 1,000 car show registrations.  Registration will take place from 8am until noon with the award presentation at 3:30pm sharp.   Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of Turning Back Time specials at downtown merchants and restaurants.

Even if you are too young to remember the 1950’s, we encourage you to experience the nostalgic era associated with Turning Back Time Weekend, a summer event that comes around just once a year.  For more information visit discoversycamore.com.

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Discover Sycamore’s Farmers’ Markets will return Sunday, June 3 on the corner of Somonauk and Elm Streets in downtown Sycamore.  The market will run through September 30, providing the community with a variety of goods for purchase, activities and live entertainment.  The market will be open every Sunday from 10am-2pm.   Discover Sycamore’s Farmers’ Markets are brought to you by Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Castle Bank.


The market will feature both homegrown and homemade products, allowing customers to buy fresh and local.  Not only will it showcase fresh, locally- grown produce but also baked goods, hormone-free meats, artisan cheeses, various wines, roasted coffee beans, homemade pet treats and more.


This year’s vendors include Windy Acres, Crump Family Gardens, Ledfoot’s Pet Bakery, South Street Coffee, Inc., Waterman Winery and Vineyards, Inc., Olives 4 You, Theis Farm II, Larson’s Country Market Inc.. Harvest Horizons LLC, Farm Direct Black Angus, The Cheese People of Beloit, Elliot and Sons Bison LLC, Gourmet on the Go and Great Harvest Bread Company.


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The infamous days of spring cleaning are upon us.  For the majority of us that means spending a day or two (or sometimes more) scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming, organizing and decluttering.  Once you’ve decided what to keep and what to get rid of, why not make a little extra cash by hosting a yard sale?

Discover Sycamore has announced that the 4th annual city-wide estate, yard and sidewalk sale event is scheduled to take place June 14th, 15th and 16th.  It is estimated that at this year’s Treasures from the Attic event there will be as many as 100 sales across town, many of which will be multi-house sales.  A program featuring sale listings will be available at Discover Sycamore member businesses the week prior to the sales.

“We will promote this event all across the Northern Illinois area. Many of our visitors come here every year in search of great bargains,” said Lauren Diehl, Discover Sycamore Director.  “Treasures from the Attic brings hundreds of tourists to our community, and they spend money at our restaurants and stores.”

Discover Sycamore receives phone calls from interested “treasure hunters” all year long.  Any home interested in listing their sale in the program should click here for the Registration Form or call 815-895-3456 for more details.

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Discover Sycamore is seeking vendors for the 2012 Sycamore Farmers’ Market. The market is held Sundays, June through September (with the exception of July 29) from 10am-2pm in the City Center Parking Lot located at the corner of Somonauk and Elm Street.   All vendor applications must be received by May 1, 2012.  2012 Farmers Market Application

Last year, Discover Sycamore added live entertainment to its weekly market and will once again be looking for talented musical acts.  Interested  musicians should contact the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce at 815-895-3456 or director@discoversycamore.com.

The Discover Sycamore Farmers’ Market has become a staple in the Sycamore community, attracting many to the downtown area every Sunday.  This year’s market will once again provide the community with fresh quality fare and an opportunity to buy their products locally. The market will also feature fun activities for the whole family including guest chefs, live musical performances, and more!

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Discover Sycamore will be hosting a Bags Tournament this Saturday, September 17th in Downtown Sycamore on the corner of Somonauk and Elm Street at 4pm.  First place will win $100 in Chamber bucks and $75 in Chamber bucks for second place.  Good at over 400 businesses in our community!  Click here for more information and registration!

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Are you ready to rock the block?  Get pumped for this year’s 11th Annual Discover Sycamore Block Party scheduled to take place Saturday, September 17th from 3-11pm in downtown Sycamore. This free day of fun provides entertainment for the entire family including a kids’ parade, kids’ games, huge inflatable attractions for kids and adults, a DJ, contests, prizes, food from local vendors, a beer garden, live music from Red Woody and more.


The event kicks off with an All Star Kids’ Parade presented by NB&T starting at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, through downtown Sycamore, ending at the Block Party in the parking lot on the corner of Somonauk and Elm Street.  Be sure to sport your favorite team’s jersey.  The best dressed athlete will win a prize!


The fun continues from 3-6pm as parents, teens and young children can all enjoy some friendly competition in the All Star Game Area presented by NB&T.  Challenge your friends to a race to the finish line in our Inflatable Obstacle Course.   Participants race through several challenges and finish with a rock climb to the top and slide down to victory.  Or team-up to compete for 1st place in our Bags Tournament.  The entry fee is $20 per team before Friday, September 16th.   A registration form can be downloaded at www.DiscoverSycamore.com, or picked up at the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce office.  The entry fee for day of registration is $25 per team, and contestants must arrive and register before 3:30pm.   


Back by popular demand is Bark on the Block- Sycamore’s Top Dog Competition presented by Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.  Enter your gold-medal dog into the All Star K-9 Competition.  There will be four different sports contests just for man’s best friend: baseball, football, soccer and track and field.  Winners will be awarded fabulous prizes from Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.  Register your four-legged friends at huckleberryspetparlor.com or call (815)899-3435.


“Bark on the Block was a huge success last year, and we’ve put a new twist on the competition this year.  You won’t want to miss it,” said Discover Sycamore Director, Lauren Diehl. 


At 6pm the Block Party DJ will keep the party going as families enjoy the food vendors and beer garden.  Then at 8:00pm get ready to get down with local favorite “Red Woody” as they rock the night away.

“Red Woody has an awesome following in this community, and we are lucky to have them back again this year,” said Diehl. 


Discover Sycamore’s Block Party is brought to you by Castle Bank, The National Bank and Trust Company, Taxco Restaurant, Courtview Dental, Daily Chronicle, Le Print Express, American National Bank of Dekalb County, Jumpy Jumpers, KishHealth System and Waste Management.

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