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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.



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.