Pike County Color Drive 2014 – October 18 & 19

It’s that time of year again for the great Pike County Color Drive! This is the 26th year for the Color Drive and each year brings amazing things to see, do and eat. Be sure to visit the Pike County Color Drive’s official website at www.pikecolordrive.com and visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE.  This year’s event is October 18 and 19.  Download your own 2014 event map and brochure on their website or by clicking 2014 Pike County Color Drive Map Brochure.

Radio coverage can be heard on WBBA FM 97.5 with commentary by Pittsfield Rotary Club.  Listen in your vehicle or even online!  The following events are ones found on Facebook and submitted to Pike County Happenings.  We hope to see you out as we also provide running coverage on our Twitter page!  This year PCH can be found in the southern part of the county beginning in Nebo and following Illinois 96 all the way to New Canton!  Follow us on our adventure around the river as we weave in and out of some of the most beautiful areas in our county.  Last year’s trek around the northern side was so much fun, we just had to do it again!  Follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE.


Here are just a few of the events happening around the county this weekend that aren’t included on the brochure.  Be sure to check them out!

Nebo will be serving their famous fish sandwiches and selling apple butter this weekend! There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, hay scramble and several vendors. Be sure to stop by the welcome booth for your stamp!

Lots to see in this small, idyllic town! Don’t pass through without stopping for some delicious food and great finds with antiques and finds at the old Odd Fellows Hall just west of the park and the great food vendors. Something for everyone in this picturesque spot!

Pleasant Hill:
Annual Color Drive Tent Service at the Pike County Fairgrounds Sunday, Oct 19 at 10 am. Join together with our church family for a time of praise and worship at the Pike County Fairgrounds as our community celebrates The Pike County Illinois Fall Color Drive

The Pearl Community Center will raffle a quilt and gift card at the Color Drive Oct 19. For more information, call Julia Hatcher at 217-829-4260 or Lois Stewart at 217-829-4430. The proceeds will be for purchasing Christmas lights.

Nucci’s Pasta House is ready to serve the hungry visitors to town! Help them celebrate their first year open during the Pike County Color Drive by stopping by for some delicious Italian food! Be sure to check out their website for their full menu, updates and specials by clicking HERE.

Be sure to stop by the Baylis Baptist Church on Saturday for some great food in a controlled environment we are also an official stop so get your card punched, Thanks see you on Saturday.

Many new vendors this year! Eagle Creek Carving Company will be back with chainsaw carving demonstrations.

Pittsfield FFA will be selling chili on the square.

East Pike Fire Protection District will be selling pork and BBQ brisket sandwiches on the square.

G-P FFA will be serving pork chops, ribeyes and pork burger sandwiches Saturday, Oct 18 and Sunday, Oct 19 at the Western Illinois Fairgrounds in Griggsville. They will also be serving biscuits & gravy each morning for breakfast along with coffee. Proceeds go to support the G-P FFA Leadership program and National FFA Convention. Drive-up and take out service will be available.

G-P FFA will host it’s 8th annual antique tractor show at the Western IL Fairgrounds Oct 18 & 19. Voting will take place Sunday and plaques will be awarded at 3:30. Tractors need to be in place by 9 am each day. Show one or both days. Call Chris Miller, Ag instructor, at 217-430-6970 for questions and more.

The Skinner House on North Stanford St. will be open Saturday, Oct 18 from 9 am to noon. Tour the historic house and museum room which contains Nellie Grant items and Page Hatch hand carved decoys. Homemade apple dumplings will be available.



Griggsville-Perry Craft Show – November 8 – Griggsville, IL

CraftShowOn Saturday, November 8th, Team Impact / OTSD will have the Griggsville-Perry Craft Show.  If anyone would like to be a vendor please contact Kayt Risley, 217-257-3848 or risleyk@griggsvilleperry.org.  You can email the registration form to Kayt or stop by the high school.  Registration fees are $25.00 (2 chairs included) & $5 carrying fee for help carrying items into the school.

Pediatric CPR & First Aid Class – October 20-21 – Pittsfield, IL

_ProvImages_8286476BF0B00CD82C53ACAF5EE45C76Pediatric CPR and First Aid Class is at Illini Community Hospital Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m. at ICH’s 3rd floor classroom.  Contact Alice Glasgow RN, BSN, 217-285-2113 ext. 3816 to register by Oct. 17.

HCE Meeting – October 21 – Pittsfield, IL

pch groups and clubsHCE garden unit will meet Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Farm Bureau Hall.  Please bring a small pumpkin or gourd and some fresh or artificial flowers to arrange in it for our craft project.  Visitors are welcome.

Lunch & Learn for Gardeners – October 29 – Pittsfield, IL

gardenA Lunch and Learn for Gardeners on Composting will be held at the Pike County Extension Office 12 noon on Wednesday, October 29.  To gardeners, compost is considered “Black Gold” because of its many benefits in the garden.  Fall is a great time to start composting to recycle leaves and yard waste.  Mike Roegge, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, will discuss composting basics.  Lunch will be available or you may bring your own.  Cost is $5.00.  To make a reservation, please call the Extension Office at 217-285-5543 or register online: http://web.extension.illinois. edu/abhps/.

45th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet – October 25 – Pittsfield, IL

wingsoverilPike County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 45th Annual banquet and auction Saturday, Oct. 25 at Pittsfield American Legion Post 152.  Doors open 5 p.m., dinner is 6:30 p.m. with auction to follow.  Meal will be provided by Red’s Smokin Choo Choo.  Guns will be raffled plus other great auction, silent auction and general raffle prizes as always.  “We urge everyone to get tickets early; seats are going fast so don’t hesitate to call to ensure you get in.”  Contact Brian Damon, DU Chairman, 217-779-5097 to reserve a seat.  Have a great waterfowl season, be safe, be legal, and hunt smart.  Brian Damon, Pike County Ducks Unlimited Chairman.

Free Computer Classes at JWCC – October 17 – Quincy, IL

jwccJohn Wood Community College will host a free computer class in Quincy for adults who are 50 years old and over on Friday, October 17th from 9:00 am to noon.  The workshop is geared toward the population of adults who are 50 years old and older who want to be more comfortable using a computer.  During this hands-on computer class, students will be introduced to basic operation of a computer, using the Internet, opening and saving documents, and printing files.  JWCC received a Plus 50 Encore Completion Program grant sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with funding provided by the Deerbrook Charitable Trust.  The grant is specifically geared toward adults over 50 to complete degrees or certificates that lead to in-demand occupations within the community.  Seats are limited.  Register for this free computer class by calling Robin at 217-641-4338.

Blood Drive – Oct 10 – Griggsville, IL

Give-Blood-Give-LifeGPHS Anatomy and Physiology and Health Occupation classes will host their annual blood drive on Friday, Oct 10 from 9 am – 2 pm. Contact the school office at 217-833-2352 to make your appointment today. Your donation will help a senior from the school earn a scholarship.

Trunk or Treat – October 31 – Pittsfield, IL

Halloween EventsTrunk or Treat around Pittsfield square is back this year, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.  The event is free and open to everyone.  Parking spaces around the square will be full of decorated trunks of goodies.  Children are asked to start at any corner and walk clockwise around the square.  There is a “best dressed trunk” contest for any participating vehicle.  First place is $100; second place $50; and third place $25.  All vehicles should be parked and in place by 5:30.  Each trunk will provide their own treats.  There will be voting boxes at each corner to cast a vote for a favorite trunk.  Voting will be until 7 p.m.  This is a community wide event for all ages.  Come and enjoy a safe night of trunks and treats.  To register your trunk or for more information call Robin Oitker, 217-257-5429.

Deer Donation Program available for Pike County

Deer HuntAccess Illinois Outdoors program, operated through Two Rivers RC&D, will again operate Access Food project for Pike County. Grants, plus many generous local donations will enable program to operate so there are no processing costs related to donating deer. Neighboring counties will not be eligible this year for Sportsmen Against Hunger funding so processing costs may increase this year to cover extra expense of deer donated from outside Pike County.

Processed deer will be donated to Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials and Barry Food Pantry. Those pantries are feeding over 4,800 individuals per month. Last year over 10,000 pounds of processed meat was available to local food pantries through this program. We would like to see this number increase this year to meet anticipated increase in food pantry services. Local donations enable program to continue longer and provide more deer for needy people. As non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible.

Hunters wishing to participate take donated deer to The Butcher Block, Quincy, 217-222-6248; Magro’s Processing, Pittsfield Industrial Park, 217-438-2880; or Valley View Custom Meats, Pleasant Hill, 217-285-4805. To make a donation or for information contact Access Illinois Outdoors, 1301 E. Washington St., PO Box 87, Pittsfield 62363. 217-285-2464 or 1-888-285-2464.