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Hogeye Festival kicks off with stroll

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Stickers adorn sidewalks in downtown Elgin Oct. 20 hours before Hogeye Festival events kick off. Photo by Fernando Castro

Elgin’s infamous festival is here, which starts with art, pearls and tasty treats.The Hogeye Stroll is Thursday, Oct. 20, and includes an art show, annual gala, dessert contest and carnival. Downtown business will be open late with store specials, tastings, music and more.The Stroll precedes another two days of carnival fun, a street dance Friday and numerous activities in downtown Elgin Saturday. Artists around the country have been busy preparing for the Elgin Arts Association’s Pearls Before Swine Art Show and Annual Gala. Pearls Before Swine is a juried art show that awards cash prizes for first, second and third places as well as the People’s Choice award.Pearls is the primary fundraiser ...

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