Members of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association are hosting what they hope will become an annual event – “A Christmas at the Red Barn.”

Members of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association are hosting what they hope will become an annual event – “A Christmas at the Red Barn.”

Young and old alike are invited to the activities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and which include train rides on the four passenger cars pulled by the diesel engine in addition to horse and wagon rides, weather permitting.

Christmas decorations, complete with a sleigh and reindeer, will greet visitors at the front of the red barn, and the inside has been decorated to include displays of teddy bears, snowmen and a small village. There is also an antique sleigh on display.

There will be a soup supper during the hours of the celebration with chili, potato soup, veggie tray, desserts and beverages available.

Committee member Deb Jacobs said, “This event is a fundraiser for the AE&TA Club and we are trying to promote activities for youth in addition to the fall show. We want to encourage young people to become involved and the mission of our club is to educate the public as to where our food comes from and how it was produced in the past.”

For more information, call committee members Jacobs, (309) 659-2355; June Cole, (309) 781-2206, or Inez Rathjen, (563) 732-3704.