Here are a few highlights from the Go West Calendar for the upcoming weekend:
SANDWICH: This is probably your last chance to catch a traditional Midwest fair in 2012. The 125th Sandwich Fair will run through Sunday at the fairgrounds located on the southern edge of DeKalb County on Route 34. Highlights include a hot air balloon launch on Friday, truck and tractor pulls, auto thrill shows, harness racing, demolition derbies and an antique car show. General admission is $8. Children ages 6-12 are $5, children 5 and under are free.
WHEATON: Cantigny will host a "Revolutionary War Reenactment" on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. You will get a feel for camp life, experience a battle and learn about children's games and clothing in the 18th century. The event is free with Cantigny's regular $5 parking fee. Here's a link to the detailed schedule for each day.
SYCAMORE: The Midwest Museum of Natural History is holding a special program all about monarch butterflies on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Weather permitting, Janie Grillo from Monarch Watch will bring live butterflies along. Non-members pay $3, plus museum admission.
ST. CHARLES: The Steel Beam Theatre's newest show on its Children's Stage is a production of "The Little Mermaid." There will be two performances on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with shows continuing on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 29. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students 16 and under.
GENEVA: The focus of the Festival of the Vine in downtown Geneva is ... yep, wine. But there is also a flower market on the Courthouse Lawn, horse-drawn carriage rides on Third Street, musical performances, trolley rides around downtown and a "Kids Corner," where children can color a tabletop mural. At the Geneva Public Library on Saturday, kids can create a chalk masterpiece from 10 a.m. to noon. Check out the schedule of events for more details.