Arcola celebrates its heritage as "broomcorn capital of the world" with the renowned Broom Corn Festival. Visitors pack in every year the weekend after Labor Day. They come for numerous broom activities, unique arts and crafts, free entertainment, and great food. The festival's parade is Central Illinois' largest and is home to the world famous Lawn Rangers, who twirl and toss their brooms. The community still boasts ties to broomcorn and the broom industry with companies such as the Thomas Monahan Company and the Libman Company.
The Historic Depot, a redbrick building in downtown Arcola, has helpful tourist information provided by friendly people. Redbrick streets add a quaint touch to the 3-block-long downtown. Main Street is lined with interesting shops selling crafts, antiques, and memorabilia. The Amish are famous for their handmade brooms, and there is an annual Broom Corn Festival in mid-September, featuring crafts, entertainment, food, and a parade highlighted by the Lawn Rangers, a drill team with lawn mowers.