The town of Bologna has invited the public to attend the third annual "Plano-Bologna-Sandwich Day" event as part of National Bologna Day on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The celebration will take place, weather permitting, at the corner of Route 34 and Tara Street near the Montcler Hotel – formerly known as the Timber Creek Inn – between Plano and Sandwich. In the event of inclement weather, events will be moved indoors to the hotel.

Festivities will begin at 4 p.m., featuring live music from the Baloney Brothers Band of Joliet, with official opening ceremonies scheduled for 5 p.m. Events this year include the "World's Shortest Marathon," a .005K (16 feet) Fun Run and the "That's Baloney!" trivia contest.

This year, Sandwich Police Chief Jim Bianchi and Plano Police Chief Jonathon Whowell have been named the co-mayors of Bologna, Illinois.

"Plano-Bologna-Sandwich Day" doubles as a food drive to stock the local food pantries serving Plano and Sandwich. Those who bring nonperishable food items will be given a ticket for a bologna sandwich prepared by Wurst Kitchen.

Guests also can pay a $5 donation that would go to the food pantries in lieu of a food donation, and still receive a ticket for a bologna sandwich.