The 33rd annual Heritage Days kicked off Thursday in Macomb, Illinois.
The festival featured many activities for adults and children including a dance show, several fair rides, as well as a variety of foods. "It essentially is our opportunity to let our hair down a little bit, have some fun, bring in some good entertainment, a real family oriented celebration," Mike Inman, Mayor of the city of Macomb, said.
The festival also featured a petting zoo and a giant fake potato. But amongst all the fun, there is one key factor that makes the festival so great.
"It actually gives everybody a chance to say this is what we want to do in the community year round, but this is what we do specifically to showcase it on Heritage Days," Kay Norton, a representative for Habitat for Humanity, said.
Norton attended Heritage Days to raffle off a custom play house complete with real windows, shingles, and patio.
"This is a really wonderful opportunity for parents or grandparents buy a raffle ticket, support habitat locally," Norton said.
The affiliate helps build affordable homes for families in McDonough County and plans on using the proceeds to continue to build housing.
"Were looking at the people closest to us, who are in the greatest need for decent and affordable home ownership," Norton said
Heritage Days runs through the weekend, with the popular Heritage Days Parade starting at 11 am on Saturday.