Category Archives: Festivals & Fairs

Baylis Fall Festival Cancelled

Baylis Fall Festival coordinators are regretful to announce the annually scheduled event for August 7th and 8th is officially cancelled due to issues with electric, safety, landscaping and weather.   They will be back in 2016.

Pike County Fair needs items for exhibit building

A reminder to gather some items (handiwork, art, garden produce, or canning items) to enter in the Pike County Fair exhibit building.  Fair books are available at banks, post office, and gas stations.  You can find info on their website, http://pikecountyillinoisfair.org.

They want to make the exhibit area into a great display again.  Check in times for exhibit items is Wednesday, July 15, 4-7 pm and Thursday, July 16, 3-7 pm.  All exhibitors must purchase a exhibit pass costing $20.

Fair starts Thursday, July 16 and runs through Monday, July 20. Fair church service will be Sunday night, July 19, 6:30 pm.

The fair is bringing in an up and coming band, State Line Drive.  The band sings mostly  country but they do throw in a mix of pop and rock.  Everyone always says there is nothing going on so come out and support the fair in their effort to bring in some great entertainment. They will be playing Thursday evening.

Pig Days – July 10 & 11 – Pittsfield, IL

Enjoy the 47th annual Pig Day celebration, celebrating Pike County’s deep agricultural roots.  The event, held on the courthouse lawn begins Friday night with the crowning of Little Miss Piglet, the girl age 4-6 with the longest braids and new this year, Mr. Pork Chop, a boy, the same age, dressed in farming attire, either past or present.

Schedule:

Friday:
8 am – Vendors open on square & courthouse grounds
10 am until sold out – Pork burgers $2.50 or 5/$10 sponsored by Illinois Pork Industry, proceeds to Lions Scholarships
5:30 pm – Check in and judging for Little Miss Piglet contest (east side of courthouse)
6 pm – Welcoming remarks, Jim Jacques, emcee
6-6:30 pm – Little Miss Piglet Contest
6-9 pm – Lions Club kids rides
6:30-9 pm – Entertainment on stage, Hurricane Creek, classic rock & country
6:45 pm – Check in and judging for Little Mr. Pork Chop contest (east side of courthouse)
7:30 pm – Little Mr. Pork Chop Contest

Saturday:
7-11 am – Farmer’s Market on west side of square
8 am – Vendors open on square and courthouse grounds
9 am – Kids games sign up on north side of square (trophies for kids games handed out immediately after each event)
9:15-11 am – Kids games begin – games include Kid’s Tractor Pull, Hay scramble and Balloon Toss
10:30 am – Lions Club will serve their famous pork sandwiches
11 am – Pigskin Toss Contest (all ages)
12 noon – 6 pm – Afternoon entertainment on stage featuring Robert Sampson, Christine Henthorne and family, Ali Nicole Browning and others TBA
2-4 pm – Western Illinois Tractor Club (WITC), Antique Tractor display – north side of square
5-9 pm – Lions Club kids rides and jump toys
6:30-10 pm – Robert Sampson Band

Western Illinois Fair Schedule

The Western Illinois Fair in Griggsville has announced their schedule for this year’s fair.  With so much to choose from, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Wednesday, June 24:

Sponsored by The Maschoffs

  • 8 am – Poultry Show
  • 9 am – Rabbit Show
  • 11:30 am – Dog Show
  • 5 pm – Goat Show

D.A.R.E. Program, activities and prizes for kids. Prizes drawn at 8 pm.

Thursday, June 25:

Sponsored by the 3-D Leasing of Griggsville

  • 8 am – Beef Show
  • Swine show following Beef
  • Family Meal following Beef Show

Grandstand – Little Miss Queen Pageant at 7 pm

Friday, June 26:

Sponsored by Pikeland Motors

  • 5 pm – Auction Preview
  • 6:30 pm – Livestock Auction

Beer tent – Exit 52 – 8 pm to midnight

Tuff Truck/ Car Race at 7 pm

Saturday, June 27:

Sponsored by Hofmeister’s Welding & Fabrication

Demo Derby at 7 pm

  • Stock & Modified Demo: 1st prize $800, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $200
  • Compact Demo: 1st prize $1,000; 2nd prize $600; 3rd prize $300

Contact Jake Hull at 715-579-6373

Pro Mod Trucks: Trophies sponsored by Neal Tire & Auto Service in Pittsfield

Beer Tent – Next of Kin – 8 pm to midnight

Sunday, June 28:

Sponsors of Tractor & Truck Pull – Beard Implement: Barry, Pittsfield, Arenzville and Ashland;  Aaron Lipcamon – Pioneer Seed Sales;  Arends-Awe, Inc. of Riggston and Perry

Grandstand UPA Tractor and Truck Pull – 4 pm

Washer Tournament: 1 pm start, entry fee $20 per team

Admission Prices:

  • Family Night: $10 per person, includes all rides
  • Thursday – Sunday: $8 per person without rides, $15 per person with rides
  • Season Ticket without rides: $30
  • Season Tickets with rides: $50

Always free parking. Pit parking and pit passes are subject to a fee.

 

 

Pearl Summer Festival Postponed

The Pearl Summer Festival has been postponed due to recent rains flooding the area where the festival is to be held.  Organizers fear the area will not be dried out before the weekend.  The event has been moved from June 20 to July 25.  More details to come.

Pearl Festival Schedule of Events for June 20, 2015

Who’s ready for some fun! Make sure to make it a point to head down to Pearl for a great day of fun with your family!

Pearl Festival is June 20 with a lot of activities planned.  We need children for the pageants: boys age 0-8 and girls 0-high school.  Anyone can participate if they are not a current title holder.

Contestants are needed for the talent/lip sync as well.

A washer tournament will be for adults; a hay scramble for kids.

DJ Austin Ehlert is at 8 pm.

  • 8:45 AM – Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00 AM – Baby Contest (0-2 yr olds)
  • 9:30 AM – Prince & Princess Contest (3-4 yr olds)
  • 10:30 AM – Jr. Miss Dance
  • 10:45 AM – Queen Dance
  • 11:00 AM – Announce winners of the first three pageants
  • 11:30 AM – Hay Scramble for kids; Washer tournament for adults
  • Noon – Lunch break and Hula Hoop Contest; 50/50 drawing
  • 1:30 PM – Queen Contest
  • 2:00 PM – Water Balloon Toss
  • 2:15 PM – Winners of Jr. Miss and Queen Winners announced
  • 3:00 PM – Talent Show/Lip Sync Contest
  • 4:00 PM – Parade
  • 5:00 PM – Egg Toss
  • 6:30 PM – 50/50 drawing and Silent Auction winners announced
  • 6:45 PM – Hot dog eating contest
  • 8-11 PM – Music

Food served: pulled pork, sandwiches, chips, tea, water, lemonade and soda.  Tickets for games are 50 cents. Bundles also available for purchase.

 

Western Illinois Fair announces schedule – Griggsville, IL

Western Illinois Fair is June 24-28.  Grounds are being prepared and improvements made to grandstand, barns and camping area.

Schedule of Events:

  • Wednesday – Kids Day (D.A.R.E. Night)
  • Thursday – Queen & Little Miss Pageant
  • Friday – Bus Demolition
  • Saturday – Modified and Compact Derbies
  • Sunday – Tractor & Truck Pulls

A new event this year is a Team Derby, Friday or Saturday.

Livestock shows are throughout the week at newly renovated barns and shows also at Griggsville American Legion.

Bands have been contracted for the pavilion for Friday and Saturday nights.

St. Mary’s Spring Family Festival – June 5-6 – Pittsfield, IL

St. Mary’s Spring Family Festival is June 5-6 on grounds of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 226 E. Adams in Pittsfield.

A fish fry is 4:30-7 pm Friday and Tommy Hart will play 6-10 pm.

A walk/run is 9 am Saturday and Bingo is 1-5 pm.  Entertainment includes National Anthem, noon; Talent Contest, 1 pm; Blue Grass, 3-5 pm; and Quartet 6-10 pm.

Food available includes corn dogs, walking tacos, nachos and cheese, loaded nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, cheese fries, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, pretzels with cheese.

There is a gun raffle and cash raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at St. Mary’s Parish office, Free Press Coffee or a St. Mary’s Parishioner.

There will also be games & prizes.

2015 Button Festival/Summer Celebration in Pearl – Contestants Wanted

2015 Button Festival/Summer Celebration, Pearl IL , Pike County IL, Pike Co IL, Pike County Happenings, pikecountyhappenings.comWANTED CONTESTANTS
The Southern Pike Activities Committee is looking for contestants for a pageant 0-9 Boys and 0-high school girls. Any one who lives in PIKE COUNTY or has grandparents/parents living in Pike County can enter. The location you live in does not matter as long as it is PIKE County. We are trying to get ROYALTY from other towns to participate in a parade. We are also looking for participants for a car/tractor show. Please call Sara McDonald at 217-440-3784. For Pageant contestants and contestants for the CLOSET KING/QUEEN and TALENT/LIP SING SHOW contact me at 217-370-9740 or Anissa R Summers at 217-779-5274. We will be having Pork Sandwiches at the food stand. Lots of games for the kiddos. Everything is reasonably prices for a family fun day! Come out and see us in Pearl on June 20. Opening Ceremonies will be at 8:45. The Grand Marshal will be announced then. Austin Ehlert will be the DJ. Anyone wanting to be a vendor can call any of the 3 listed. We have Gertie Tenllado with Scentsy.Tiffney Sidwell with Plexus, and Chris and Sara McDonald with laundry soap. Hope to see you all there. Volunteers are greatly appreciated.  Please notify one of the organizers if you’re able to volunteer.



 

The Southern Pike Activities Committee is holding a Summer Celebration June 20th in Pearl, IL. The day will be filled with fun events, affordable games and food. We are looking for contestants who live in PIKE COUNTY (or have parents/grandparents) for the pageants 0-8 boys and girls 9-high school girls. We are also looking for talent show/lip sing contestants, and closet King/Queen. We are wanting to have a decent parade this year. We are asking for other town royalty to participate, and anyone who wants to make a float or participate in our parade. Please Call – me at 217-370-9740 or Anissa R Summers at 217-779-5274. For parade info and information on a car and tractor show please contact Sara McDonald 217-440-3784
Austin Ehlert will be the DJ.


 

Pageants for babies, prince and princess, and Jr Miss will be held in the morning with the queen contest starting at 1:30 pm. 
A talent show and lip sync contest, a parade and hot dog eating contest as well as a hay scramble and washer tournament are being planned.  There is also a Hula Hoop contest.  A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held.  Lots of food and drinks throughout the day.  A complete schedule will be published closer to the event.
*Information courtesy Pike Press

Summer Celebration Participant Sign Ups 2015

20152015 Button Festival/Summer Celebration, Pearl IL , Pike County IL, Pike Co IL, Pike County Happenings, pikecountyhappenings.com

The Southern Pike Activities Committee is holding a Summer Celebration June 20th in Pearl, IL. The day will be filled with fun events, affordable games and food. We are looking for contestants who live in PIKE COUNTY (or have parents/grandparents) for the pageants 0-8 boys and girls 9-high school girls. We are also looking for talent show/lip sing contestants, and closet King/Queen. We are wanting to have a decent parade this year. We are asking for other town royalty to participate, and anyone who wants to make a float or participate in our parade. Please Call – me at 217-370-9740 or Anissa R Summers at 217-779-5274. For parade info and information on a car and tractor show please contact Sara McDonald 217-440-3784
Austin Ehlert will be the DJ.

UPDATE from Becca Fernandes:
We have vendors for Scentsy, Jewelry in a Jar, a photo booth, Laundry soap & Plexus.  We still need boys and girls as contestants for the pageants!

 

Pageants for babies, prince and princess, and Jr Miss will be held in the morning with the queen contest starting at 1:30 pm. 
A talent show and lip sync contest, a parade and hot dog eating contest as well as a hay scramble and washer tournament are being planned.  There is also a Hula Hoop contest.  A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held.  Lots of food and drinks throughout the day.  A complete schedule will be published closer to the event.
*Information courtesy Pike Press