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Avoid “Rhubarb Regret”

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Darlene Johnson established it in 1990. The Aledo Rhubarb Fest has been a hit ever since.

What began with less than one hundred people now attracts thousands.

Cutting and pouring rhubarb, mixing eggs, adding sugar. Darlene and her helpers from the VFW Auxiliary have made over 300 rhubarb pies for this year’s festival.

Darlene says she grew up on rhubarb. The ladies have been preparing for weeks.

Aledo has the distinction of being the Rhubarb Capital of Illinois. The festival takes place on June 6th and 7th, and thousands are expected to attend.

There are people who even fly in from California to get in on the action.

A number of churches and other organizations will make thousands of rhubarb pies. They sell quickly, and if you hesitate, you’ll get a taste of rhubarb regret. The pies could be long gone.

There will be crafts, music, and entertainment in downtown Aledo.

The rhubarb is grown locally. Hundreds of volunteers help to make this annual event a success.

Twenty one hundred bottles of rhubarb soda will also be for sale.

Activities will take place on Friday and Saturday. The main events run from 9am-4pm.

Rhubarb bake sales will take place in Central Park and downtown businesses.

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