Category Archives: Festivals & Fairs

Fall Festival Schedule of Events – Sept 3 to 5 – Pittsfield, IL

6:00 PM Opening Ceremony with Parade Marshall Announcement
6:00 Vendors Open
6:30 Prince/Princess Pageant
7:30 Junior Miss Pageant
8:30 Miss Pittsfield Pageant

Noon – Some food vendors and vendor booths open for lunch.
6:00 PM All Vendors Open
6:00 Baby Contest
7:00 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant
8-10:00 Avenue Beat on Stage

8:30 AM Parade Registration
9:00 Vendors Open
11:00 Grand Parade
1:00 PM Parade Awards
2:00 Richard Landry – Magician
3:00 KIDS ONLY!!! Canvas on the Courtyard
5:00 Canvas on the Courtyard (Adults)
7:00 Talent Showcase
Closing Ceremony with raffle drawings immediately following Talent Showcase

G-P Athletic Boosters sponsoring Kelly Miller Circus with Tiger Meet & Greet! – Oct 5 – Griggsville, IL

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Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters are sponsoring the Kelly Miller Circus Monday, October 5.  Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, witness the raising of the big top, followed by a special Tiger Meet and Greet.

Activites will begin at 7:30 am and the tent will be raised at 9 am.  Guides will be furnished for school groups and anyone attending.

The traditional “old style” circus will present performance at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Support the Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters – buy your tickets in advance and save.  Tickets can be purchased at Griggsville City Hall, Farmers National Bank (all 4 branches) and online at

Tickets can be purchased at Farmers National Bank of Griggsville.  Adults (ages 12 and up) are $12 and children (ages 2-11) are $6.  The last day to purchase will be on October 2nd.


From the Kelly Miller Circus website: The circus travels on a fleet of 36 vehicles and requires an area of 350’ by 350’ to set up on. The colorful circus big top has a seating capacity of 1100 and is made of waterproof vinyl. The tent is 120’ by 120’ and is 40’ high and is supported by more than a quarter of a mile of heavy gauge aluminum tubing as well as several miles of rope, steel cable and chain. In 2007, another exciting chapter in its history began when the show was purchased by John Ringling North II. Mr. North’s great uncles were the famous Ringling Brothers, his grandmother, their only sister. Born into this most famous of circus families, John grew up on the “Greatest Show on Earth”, learning circus operation from his father Henry Ringling North, and Uncle John Ringling North. He is dedicated to the circus, always seeking ways to improve it. Mr. North can be seen at most performances watching the show with a critical eye.

Visit Kelly Miller Circus on Facebook or their website at

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,

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.


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

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.