Main Street Sorento will see an increase of foot-traffic this weekend during the Sorento Homecoming celebration on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31.
Carnival tickets are currently on sale at the Sorento Water Office, at 105 East Taylor Street. Tickets are $25 for ten or $3.50 apiece the day of the festival.
Festival goers will have plenty of fair food to choose from. Food options during the event will include fish made by the Shoal Fire Protection District, walking tacos from the Homecoming Association, and pulled pork made by the community of Panama (to raise money for new playground equipment), ice cream sold by Sorento Parks and Recreation Committee, baked potatoes made by Sorento Baptist Church, pork kabobs and pork burgers made by the Parent Teacher Association and hotdogs by The Hedge.
The first annual Little Miss and Mr. Sorento winners will be crowned at 7 p.m., on Friday night, at the stage. In addition to their titles, winners will receive a sash and a $25 gift card to Walmart.
The 2021 Little Miss and Little Mister Sorento pageant was open to all Bond County residents, ages zero to ten. Winners will be determined by online voting. Votes will be counted on the Little Miss and Mr. Sorento, IL Facebook page. Voting ends tonight, Thursday, June 29.
Little Mister Sorento participants include Korbin Queener, Owen Hudson, Isaac Hudson, Sawyer Paul, Myles Ryan Carter, Joseph Earl Vollintine II, Hunter Lagermann and Kirk Alexander Rangel. Little Miss Sorento participants include Kimber Paul, Everlee Jane Joiner, Ava LeeAnn Rapien, Jadis Victoria Kane, Maren Jean Gusewelle, Ember Rose Aubuschon and Willow Nycole Wall. All proceeds from the pageant benefit the Sorento Homecoming Committee.
The Chapman Bros. will provide live entertainment from 7 to 11 p.m., on Friday night. The Sorento Homecoming Association will draw the winner of their gun raffle on Friday night.
Carnival rides and vendor booths will reopen on Saturday, July 31. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 6 p.m., with line up at 5 p.m., at the Sorento School. Anyone is welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded for best float.
The Strugglers will take the stage from 7 to 11 p.m., to close out Saturday night’s celebrations. A raffle and various prizes will also be awarded on Saturday.
For more information contact Jenny Lagerman at 217-710-7072, Tiffany Cruthis at 217-313-5258 and Dena Smith at 618-334-1872.