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Depot Days

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Win Thousands in Our Famous 50/50 Raffle

Be sure to purchase your tickets for Amboy's FAMOUS 50/50 raffle, with the drawing held on the Sunday of Depot Days Weekend. Since 2014, winnings have topped $100,000 almost every year! Will you be the big winner of half the pot? Ten more lucky winners will take home $3,000 each! Tickets are available starting July 1 for $1 each or 6 for $5. Need not be present to win.

Explore the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Since 1990, cars, trucks and motorcycles have filled the streets of downtown Amboy on the Sunday of Depot Days Weekend. Awards are given for Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best of Show and Best of Show Motorcycle, along with Mayor's Choice, Miss Amboy Award & a Special Prize for Longest Distance.

Welcome to Depot Days in Amboy, Illinois

Depot Days, since 1982, is a celebration of our town's rich history and multicultural traditions. A lawyer for the Illinois Central Railroad, Abraham Lincoln once stopped in Amboy long enough to get a haircut, and later campaigned and stayed overnight here on his way to Freeport for one of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. A memorial stone at the Amboy Depot Museum shows where he gave that speech. We hope you will enjoy your time here during our celebration! If you have any questions about Depot Days events and activities, or about the town or area in general, please contact us at 815.857.3814.

Check here for information on the 2023 event, which will be posted as it becomes available.

The 2021 Lineup

The Beaux Band
Friday, August 27, 2021 from 7-9pm on the Main Stage - FREE

Beatles to Bon Jovi, The Beaux Band plays a wide selection of Classic Rock Hits from the '60s through the '90s.

Class Field Trip
Friday, August 27, 2021 from 9:30pm-1am at the K.C. Beer Garden

Grab your Converse and studded belts, and get ready to rock out to all your favorite '90s and 2000s pop-punk hits!

Whiskey Romance Band
Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 7-9pm on the Main Stage - FREE

Prepare for a lively and entertaining show featuring a wide repertoire of country favorites covering the latest hits and band originals.

Burn 'n' Bush
Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 9pm-1am at the K.C. Beer Garden

From nearby Ashton, this two-man acoustic band features Rod BURNette on vocals, cajon and kazoo, and Dave BUSHman on vocals and guitar.

Depot Days Events

Craft & Vendor Fair

Friday-Sunday throughout the Downtown


Friday-Sunday on the Depot Grounds


Saturday at 3pm

Depot Days Dash

Saturday Morning

Pancake Breakfasts

Sunday morning in the Beer Garden

K.C. Beer Garden

Daily South of the Bandstand

Family Night

Thursday Evening Downtown

Miss Amboy Pageant

Thursday Night at 7pm on the Main Stage

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