Baylis Fall Festival Car Show Registration

PCH festivals fairsThe Baylis Fall Festival Car, Truck and Bike Show is August 9. Registration is 8:30-11 am and judging follows. For more information, please call 217-248-6246.

Baylis Baptist Church VBS – Aug 13 to 15 – Baylis, IL

VBSBaylis Baptist Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School August 13-15 from 6-8:30 pm for ages preschool through high school. Come join the fun in Baylis! Lots of great activities are waiting for your children. Sunday, August 17 will be the closing program.

Baylis Glory Days Sock Hop – A Far Out Blast

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School is out and that means it’s time to start thinking about our area festivals. Baylis Highpoint Glory Days Fall Festival is one that is getting a head start on prep for this summer’s fun. On Saturday, May 31 the festival committee held a 50’s Sock Hop at the Baylis High Point Gym with an included dinner to help raise funds for this year’s festivities. Visitors didn’t let the storm stop them from coming and enjoying a delicious chicken and noodles dinner complete with dressing and drink. The gym was filled with the sounds of laughter and great Do-Wop music that had people dancing and twisting. For those that attended in 50’s attire, the committee had Best Dressed and Best Dancer prizes awarded. Best Dressed winners were Leni Baxter & Andy McDonald. Best Dancer winners were Roger Vedder & Kelly Hardwick. This is the third year for the festival which includes pageants, car show, live music, Old Glory Games and more! This year’s Glory Days Fall Festival will be August 8-9 with parade on Saturday at 2 pm. Donations and sponsors are needed and welcomed. If you are interested in donating or becoming a sponsor, please contact committee President Sharon Rennecker at 217-617-6864 or Vice President Edith Turner at 217-242-1528.

Don’t Get Rid of Your Prom Dresses!

Pageant Flyer colorLadies, if we can have your attention for a moment. Please don’t get rid of your gorgeous prom dresses once prom season is over. You can wear it again (your parents will love that they’re getting their money’s worth out of your dress lol)! Keep that dress and wear it in the Pittsfield Fall Festival in August! You know you looked amazing in it once, so make sure to wow everyone one more time before you move onto the next year’s fashion!

Keep an eye on the local papers, Pike County Happenings, the Pittsfield Fall Festival Facebook page, and listen to WBBA to stay up to date on Fall Festival info. This is a great pageant to be a part of, don’t be shy, own that catwalk!

Lenten Service – March 5 – Baylis, IL

Your Church LogoThere will be a Lenten service in anticipation of Easter at the Baylis United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 pm. Steve Surratt will play followed by an Ash Wednesday observance and the imposition of the ashes. Anyone not already in worship is invited to attend.

Facebook Group for Pike parents with an IEP

for parents buttonParents with children with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) often feel alone & frustrated trying to understand special education law and get the most appropriate education for their children. Parents in Pike County can now find support & connection through a Facebook group called Pike IEP Parents.

According to the Facebook group description, “This is a place to share what is working and what is not so that we can all grow in our advocacy efforts for our children. Let’s share frustrations and challenges in a constructive manner so that we can support one another in resolving issues. Equally important — let’s share successes and encourage one another. This is meant to be a helpful forum for us to find each other and work together in the best interest of our children.”

If you feel this is a group that you would like to join, please request membership on their page. Click HERE to be directed to the Facebook group site.

Christmas Program – Dec 22 – Baylis, IL

Christmas_Miracle_by_christians Come join the Baylis Baptist Church for their Christmas Program on Sunday, December 22 at 11am. If you’re in need of a church home, or haven’t yet found one that feels like home, give them visit! Everybody is invited.

Christmas for Furry Friends Too! – Pittsfield, IL

humane5 With winter finally here, and shelters finding more and more strays outside, they are quickly reaching or have already reached their fullest capacity.  Their budgets stretched thin enough, this time of year is even harder for them.  Help support our area animal shelter now, and any time of the year!  The Pike County Animal Shelter accepts dog and cat food, litter, cleaning supplies, and cash donations.  If you’re so inclined, make an appointment and give one of the animals a forever home!

Contact the Pike County Animal Shelter at (217)285-4811 to see how you can help, or to make an appointment to volunteer or even adopt!

Shelter is located at 909 N. Jackson St. Pittsfield, IL 62363

Fall Color Drive – Final Countdown for Booths & Vendors

Pike County Color DriveIt’s our final posting of the booths & vendors that you will find this weekend while traveling & enjoying the #pikecountycolordrive   We plan to tweet LIVE from the towns participating, you might see us at any of these booths!  If you find us, come say hi and get your picture taken, become a Twitter star!  These folks have put a huge amount of effort to create unique and wonderful booths for your shopping pleasure.  Make sure you show them some love.  If you find something unique, or what you think is a “treasure”, let us know!  We’d like to speak with you for our story we will publish next week!

Without further ado, here is the final listing of booths & vendors:

Pleasant Hill:

◊Longaberger Baskets & Home Decor booth in the green building at Pike Co. Fairgrounds in Pleasant Hill. Come see what’s new for fall and the holidays. Lots of cash & carry items, too! Open both Saturday and Sunday. Rain or shine!

New Canton area:

◊Goobies: On Sunday, October 20 be sure to swing by Goobies in New Canton from 1p-5p .  There you will find FREE Mary Kay facials and color consult. Some cash and go items will be available.

Baylis area:

◊Baylis Baptist Church:  Official Color Drive stop.  Many booths/tables will be set up for residents to sell their crafts, etc.  Also available will be soup, sandwiches, desserts & bake sale items.

Rockport area:

◊Rockport will be a busy place for handcrafted items!  While in Rockport, you’ll find Sue’s candy, clothes for American Girl Dolls, Rock Oil Candles, doilies, quilts & throws, backed goods (including some diabetic & gluten free varieties), wreaths, Amish baskets, CaT Creations Jewelry, hair bows & tutus, crocheted items, and pumpkins!  There will also be gorgeous painted/lighted wine bottles & glass blocks.

Danny will be frying fish again, and we’ll also have sausage gravy & biscuits for breakfast, yum!  If that’s not enough to tempt your palate, we’ll also have ham & beans with cornbread, homemade chicken & noodles, and pulled pork sandwiches.

*The Rock Oil Candles are made from natural stones and burn regular lamp oil.  They are beautiful and can be used outside as well, simply changing lamp oil with citronella oil.

Barry area:

◊South Side Shop & Flea Market (1400 S. Rodgers):  Large vendor turnout of 8 to 10 vendors!  Some vendors will start the weekend off early, with booths opening on Friday.  Lots of activities here that you don’t want to miss.   While the grown ups shop, the kids can enjoy the bounce house, and other activities!  If you get hungry, they will be selling BBQ pork sandwiches with baked beans & chips as well as drinks.  Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy their baked goods as well.  Variety is the theme at this site, so many things to list, and not enough space to list them all!

Milton area:

◊Scentsy/OPI Polish/Rainbow Loom Bracelet booth will be set up in Milton on the square.  Come check out all the items and goodies up for grabs, the Rainbow Loom bracelets are just darling and are made of rubber, not latex, perfect for those with sensitivities to latex.  You’ll find lots of bars & warmers. Don’t see what you want? That’s ok, you can place your order too!  Vendor can accept debit cards as well.  Don’t miss the new scent samples this weekend!

◊HEROES AMONG US PROJECT: The Pittsfield FFA Chapter would appreciate support from the community:

• Look for our booth during Color Drive in Milton on the Square
• Serving Chili, Drinks and Baked Goods

This project is to honor PHS graduates who are currently serving in active duty in the military. A 6”x24” metal street sign honoring each member will be hung along Washington Street in Pittsfield. The members name will be written in white on a black background with a yellow ribbon.

Summer Hill area:

◊Kozy Katz Antiques & Collectibles: Located aprox 11 miles SW of Pittsfield in between Summer Hill and Atlas will be open for Color Drive Fri Oct 18th thru Sun Oct 20th *9:00 to 5:00* with vendors setting up in front of the shop. There will be vintage, primitive and collectible items as well as pumpkins, gourds and more. There will also be a food stand serving a variety of foods and beverages. For more info please call 217-285-9808 or get on the Kozy Katz Facebook page @Kozy Katz Antiques & Collectibles.

*These posts will be updated regularly as we obtain new information and updates.  Be sure to check back often.

Fall Color Drive – Final Countdown of Yard/Garage Sales

Pike County Color DriveJust like the song says, it’s the final countdown!   We’re just one day away from the 25th Anniversary of the Pike County Color Drive, and boy are we excited!  Tomorrow, Saturday October 19th, we will be doing LIVE tweets from across the county; stopping in as many place as we can before collapsing from exhaustion.  We can’t wait to see all your sales, look for us to come take some photos, and maybe do a quick interview!  We will run a full recap story next week on what we found.

If you find a unique treasure while digging through all these awesome sales, let us know!  We would like to interview anyone that has found a real treasure, something unique and absolutely fab!!

Without further ado, here is our final listing of the sales in our county for this weekend.  Look for #pikecountycolordrive tweets on Twitter as well.  You might just see your own sale!

Pleasant Hill:

3rd & Brant \\ Oct 18-20 | Starts 8am  \\ Yard Sale:  Everything must go!!! Make me an offer, if I don’t like your offer ill counteroffer.  Almost all the clothes are name brand.

East Bay St.  by Susie Drive \\ Oct 19 | Starts at 7am \\ Yard Sale: Over 20 tables, old and new items, Holiday items, clothes, furniture, general merchandise.

El Dara:

1st House on the Right on El Dara Blacktop \\ Oct 18 | 1-6, Oct 19 | 8-5, Oct 20 | 8-2 \\ Multi-family yard sale:  Tons of items from NB-10 boys clothes, some misc girls items, adult men and women size small to plus, Hot Coffee, Baked Goods, & pumpkins 2/$5!!  There is a small furnace, baby toys, high chairs, games, scrubs, really too many items to list! All priced to sell!

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303 E. South St \\ Oct 18, 19, & 20 | Starts at 7am \\ Yard Sale:  Boys and girls clothes newborn and up to adult even plus size ladies. Knick Knacks, DVDs, toys,  make-up, shoes, books, ceiling fans, light fixture, and much more. Something you don’t want to miss its all priced to sell also need it all gone.

407 E. Highway St \\ Oct 18-20 | 7am-dark \\ Yard Sale:  Everything from knick knacks to big items like a treadmill, dishwasher, 3 vehicles, and a camper


Think Pink button TINY357 Lane (between New Salem & Baylis off blacktop) Look For Signs! \\ Oct 18 | 9a-7:30p, Oct 19 | 8a-7p, Oct 20 | 10a-4p \\ Cancer Benefit Yard Sale:  Furniture, clothes, knick knacks, food & misc.

4th Street \\ Oct 18 & 19 | 9a-4p \\ Multi-family yard sale:  Clothes of all sizes including adults, kids, and lots of baby clothes.  Everything is marked to sell, most only 10 to 25 cents.  Glassware, pots & pans, old oil lamps, a pair of lamps, old key for wind up clock, toys, books and much more!  If you want it, we probably have it.


218 Benson St \\ Oct 18 | Noon – 5, Oct 19 | 8-4 \\ Yard Sale: Boys clothes: Newborn-5T, also size 10/12-14/16 boys. Girls clothes: Newborn up to size 10 in children’s. Men’s, women’s, an JR girl clothes. Children’s toys, books, and lots of miscellaneous!

231 W Adams \\ Oct 18 | 8a-6p, Oct 19 | 8a-6p, Oct 20 | 8a-4p \\ Yard sale: Clothing of all sizes, antiques, dressers and much, much more!

18683 372nd Lane (about 6 miles south of town towards Pleasant Hill on Cty Hwy 11) \\ Oct 19 | 7-4 \\ Garage sale:  Name brand junior clothes, boy clothes 8-10 name brand, lazy boy rocker, fan, toys, lots of misc.

10 Douglas Dr (Sunnybrook Subdivision just south of South School) \\ Oct 18 | 8-5, Oct 19 | 8-5, Oct 20 | 8-12 \\ Multi-family Garage sale:  Lots of name brand clothes -girl/boy sizes 6×-14, junior/women size 0-8, Prom dresses, Homecoming dresses, coats, shoes, child racing gear and boots, child Golf clubs, costumes, Coach purses, furniture, pool supplies, books, bedding, misc. household items.  Look for signs!

6 Teal Lane (Quail Ridge Subdivision) \\ Oct 18 | 5-7, Oct 19 | 8-4 \\ Garage Sale:  Christmas decorations, girls clothes, household items, and more!!

711 W Jefferson \\ Oct 18 | 9-5, Oct 19 | 8-2 \\ Garage sale

728 W. Fayette \\ Oct 18 & 19 \\ Located in the back, large yard sale: Baby girls clothes from infant to size 7-8, woman’s clothes, winter coats and sweaters, baby boys clothes, household items, bedding, craft supplies, furniture, dishes, toys etc. Starting small on Friday evening with a single family and will be multi-family on Sat.


13 Quail Ridge Dr \\ Oct 18 | 7a-4p, Oct 19 | 7a-noon \\ Yard Sale:  Lots of girls clothing, women and mens clothing and shoes, Dora toddler bed and other childrens toys, high chair, playpen, baby swing, Power wheels pink mustang, and much more!!