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A huskie statue painted in blue overalls stands outside Jonamac Orchard. The Orchard has many fall activities for the public to enjoy such as apple picking and a corn maze. (Sarah Rose | Northern Star)

Fall into love with fall festivities

By Tamya Burch, Lifestyle Writer | October 12, 2023

Fall is here, and it is time to indulge in some fun festivities. DeKalb County is ready to bring in the season with these fall-themed activities to do with friends and family.  October is in its final stretch of gearing towards the pinnacle of the...

Jonamac Orchard will have Big Ds food truck at 11 a.m. and live music from Tutti Loops from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

DeKalb day planner: Oct. 29

By Nyah Nowakowski, News Reporter | October 26, 2022

Here are some events happening in DeKalb this Saturday to attend to celebrate Halloween. SYCAMORE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL On Saturday in downtown Sycamore, there will be several events happening at Sycamore’s Annual Pumpkin Festival to consider attending....

NIU to host annual Family Weekend

By Sarah LaLond | October 4, 2019

DeKALB — Bring the family to check out NIU and the DeKalb area with NIU’s annual Family Weekend, Oct. 4 through Oct. 6. There are suggested area hotels and parking available on Orientation and Family Connections’ website.Jonamac Orchard is hosting...

Halloween takedown: Orchard destroys pumpkins

By Hany Abdel | November 3, 2013

Saturday marked the final fall event for Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Road, with a pumpkin demolition day.Patrons were encouraged to bring their hollowed jack-o’-lanterns to the farm for a beating. Rather than having jack-o’-lanterns decay on the...

Fall: Pumpkins, style, football

Fall: Pumpkins, style, football

By Holly New | October 8, 2013

No. 5: Pumpkin flavorDon’t have time to pick your own pumpkin? Don’t you worry: You can enjoy a variety of pumpkin flavors available around town.From McDonald’s McCafe Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks’ Pumpkin Bread and Scone and even Dairy Queen’s...

Jonamac rises with fall

By Deanna Frances | September 15, 2013

Owners of Jonamac Orchard are prepared for another fall season with renovations.The orchard has opened a kettle corn barn where fresh kettle corn and apple cider slushies are made on the weekends. Owner and manager Kevin McArtor said there is something...

Orchard miaze maze is a local favorite

By Beth Schumacher | October 11, 2012

Halloween is quickly approaching, and Jonamac Orchard’s annual haunted corn maze is one way to celebrate the season. For its 13th consecutive year, Jonamac, 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, brings this attraction to the city of Malta, and it has proven to...

Tourism up in DeKalb County

By Thomas Verschelde | November 7, 2011

DeKalb County received $71.64 million from tourism in 2010, according to the Northern Illinois Tourism Development Office (NIT). According to the NIT numbers, this was over $6 million more than in 2009. "I am very glad to see that people are visiting...

How do you like these apples, Windy City?

By Connor Rice | October 9, 2011

Attending NIU might make one feel disconnected from the rest of the world. An hour and a half from Chicago, we'd be lying if we said we weren't missing out on anything. But come autumn, Chicago probably feels the same way. Being nestled amongst the skyscrapers...

DeKalb businesses offer specials, activities for students

By Courtney Schmitt | October 9, 2011

As students begin their Homecoming celebration there are many places and activities for students to check out within the DeKalb area. Star Worlds Arcade Star Worlds Arcade, 1234 E. Lincoln Highway , offers their customers a classic gaming experience....

Courtesy Photo: The Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Rd Malta,
IL, offers a corn maze as well as apple picking in the fall

Orchards, farms open up for autumn activities

By Shelby Devitt | September 15, 2011

Jonamac Orchard, located at 19412 Shabbona road in Malta, offers autumnal opportunities for families and students alike. The apple orchard, pumpkin patch and corn maze are a seasonal staple in DeKalb County. “The orchard’s been here since 1984, and...