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Hot Diggity Dog Festival

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A local arboretum and botanical garden holds a festival for our furry friends called the Hot Diggity Dog Festival.

Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden shares their dog friendly atmosphere with food giveaways and even a costume contest that 23 News Chief Meteorologist, Mark Henderson emceed. Klehm says this annual event is particularly important right now. They highlighted the dog adoption agencies are saying after the floods there are many pets that moved into our Stateline, now without homes.

Klehm says they believe it's important to have events like this for our furry best friends.

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Stateline Farm Beginnings program aims to expand farm businesses

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Angelic Organics Learning Center is gearing up to train the next generation of organic and sustainable farmers with its Stateline Farm Beginnings program next month.

Stateline Farm Beginnings is a year long program designed to help launch and expand sustainable farm businesses. Since 2005, over 60 new sustainable farms have launched right here in the Stateline providing everything from vegetables to goat’s milk. Participants in the program gain not only field experience, but business and finance training in addition to networking with other farmers.

“Not only is all of the business training at the financial literacy training really important, but so is the networking and the relationships that are formed during that class during that year when you’re working side-by-side with other beginning farmers,” says Peg Sheaffer, Director of Farmer Training Initiative.

Angelic Organics Learning Center is still accepting applications for…

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Housing inventory struggles to meet demand

OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) -- It's a time to sell in Rockford area.  With home prices reaching a near decade high and sales hitting their highest levels in 11 years.

Rockford Area Realtors say 450 homes were sold in July this year, a 12% increase from this time last year.

Realtors say home sales are expected to continue rising through the rest of this year, keeping the area on pace for a 5% increase in home sales.

Home prices have also hit a new milestone, averaging just under $133,000, reaching its highest point since December of 2008.

Though it's the perfect time to sell a home, if you're in the market for buying, it may be difficult.

The Drew family started searching for a forever home in Oregon this past fall.

"We realized that we were quickly outgrowing our house, and two toddlers was not going to be sufficient with we were living," says Lindsay Drew.

The Drews quickly realized the process wouldn't be as simple as they'…

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