Halloween at the YMCA – Oct 31 – Louisiana, MO

the YThe Twin Pike YMCA will have a Halloween party Friday, October 31 from 5-7 at the Y. A free T-shirt to the first 200 kids; food, fun, games, prizes, an obstacle course, and a costume contest will be some of the activities and offerings. All children must be accompanies by an adult. There is no charge for the party.

Due to the contruction, parking is available at Wallace Memorial Park with a free hayride to the YMCA. Age divisionsd and times for the costume contest are: ages 0-2 at 5:30 pm; ages 3-5 at 5:45 pm; ages 6-8 at 6 pm; ages 9-11 at 6:15 pm and ages 12-14 at 6:30 pm. No signups necessary.

Hull Picnic Talent Show Registration – August 16 – Hull, IL

community event buttonHull Picnic Talent Show registration is 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16.  Talent show starts at 4 p.m. and is $10 per act.  Age groups are 0-12 and 13-adult.  Prizes awarded for individual, group, and crowd’s choice.  Pre-registration is appreciated.  For questions call Lisa Smith at 217-316-5931.

Bethel Homecoming – August 17 – Griggsville, IL

Church Event ButtonThe annual Bethel Homecoming is Sunday, August 17 at historic Bethel Church.  A basket dinner is at 12:30 to be followed by church/music program at 2:00.  Music will be provided by violinist Meredith Spradlin, a Burlend descendant and the Wade Family, descendants of Josiah Wade.  Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, table service, and lawn chair.

Mike Rumple Benefit – July 26 – Pittsfield, IL

benefits buttonThere will be a benefit for the Mike Rumple family at the home of Billy and Heidi Doyle Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m.  The benefit is put together by friends to help Mike and his family.  Mike has been unable to work since October 2013 due to surgeries and complications.  There will be a band, auction, 50/50 raffle, food, petting zoo, and pony rides.

Pittsfield Fall Festival Gears Up For Another Great Year

lrg FF logoThe Pittsfield Fall Festival will be Thursday, August 28 through Saturday, August 30 on the Court House lawn. Vendors may download applications by visiting the Pittsfield Fall Festival Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2014fallfestforms or an application can be sent by requesting one from Carla Terpstra. If interested in selling food items or a retail product, please contact Carla prior to sending in registration information. All crafters are welcome, however please do not bring rubber band, potato or marshmallow shooters. The Fall Festival Committee is also looking for acts to perform on Saturday, August 30. All interested individuals/groups must provide an audition video and set list NO LATER than July 20. Sets should be 30-45 minutes long (please indicate length on set list) and be of a “family show” nature (no profanity). This will be a paid gig. Please send the video to Carrie Terpstra Martin by message on Facebook or email to jncmartin2@yahoo.com. For those interested in entry to the parade, please contact David and Cindy Forshey.

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Pageants this year will include: Prince & Princess, Jr Miss and Miss as well as the Baby Pageant. Sign up for all pageants will be held on Sunday, August 3 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the County Seat (connected to the Courtyard Cafe) in Pittsfield. Baby pageant ages 0-24 months, Little Mr. & Miss pageant ages 4-6 yrs, Prince & Princess pageant ages 8-10 years, Jr. Miss pageant participants must be entering 7th or 8th grade this fall, Miss Pittsfield pageant participants must be a Junior or Senior this fall. Bio sheets will need to be filled out and turned in the day of sign up along with payment. Thursday, August 28 will be the Prince & Princess, Jr. Miss and Miss pageants. Friday, August 29 will be the Baby and Little Mr. & Miss pageants. Baby Pageant registration fee: $5 and a donation of 1 pet supply, Registration fees for Little Mr. & Miss, Prince & Princess and Jr. Miss Pageants will be $15 and donation of 1 pet supply. Miss Pittsfield Pageant registration fee: $25 and donation of 1 pet supply.
Talent Show/Lip Sync registration fee will be $5 and participants may sign up anytime between now and August 23 by contacting Cera Forshey, prizes will be awarded for winners. Letters will be sent out to area businesses for donations and our queen and/or committee members will pick up any donations. If your business does not receive a letter and you wish to donate, please be sure to contact a committee member.

For more information or questions, please contact the appropriate person(s):
Vendors – Carla Terpstra 217-430-3485
Pageants – Michelle Ruble 217-653-9703
Talent Show/Lip Sync – Cera Forshey 217-779-1503

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.

Lady Tornadoes Softball Clinic – July 14 to 18 – Griggsville, IL

School Events and Activities BoardThe Lady Tornadoes will host a softball clinic July 14-18 at the Little League Diamond. This clinic will run from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening. The clinic will be for girls going into the 6th grade through 10th grades. Cost is $30 (includes a shirt). All proceeds go to the Lady Tornadoes softball fund. Entry forms can be picked up a the school office or call Robert Kennedy at 217-473-0651. Form and fees must be turned into the school office by Monday, July 7.

Detroit Christian Church Gospel Gigs – July 5 – Detroit, IL

pch detroit church gospelDetroit Christian Church will hold their monthly Gospel Gig on Saturday, July 5. This will be an open mic night with special patriotic music. A light supper will begin at 5:30 pm with concert to follow at 6:30 pm. Come on out and enjoy a great evening of food, music and fellowship. Handicap accessible!

4th of July Activities – In and Around Pike County!

4th of july pchWhat better way to celebrate our freedom and independence than with a community celebration?! Let us help you get ready for this holiday with a listing of community events and activites that will be held in honor of this historic holiday!


Pine Lakes Jellystone Park – Fireworks show July 4. Gate opens at 8:30 pm. Entry Fee: $5.00 per car

Pleasant Hill:

4th of July Parade at 11 am will go through the town and end at the city park.  National Anthem at 1 pm, baby contest at 1:15, Little Mr & Miss contest at 2:15, Prince & Princess at 3, Jr. Miss & Miss at 4, Cheerleaders at 5, Lip Sync contest at 5:30, Miss Fire Cracker at 6:15, Fireworks at dusk.  Half Moon Petting Zoo will have pony rides.  Spring Creek and Pleasant Hill EMS will have a disaster relief trailer in parade and park to raise money.

Outside of Pike County:

Quincy 4th of July Fireworks will be held at the Illinois Veterans Home at 9:20 pm. Spectacular fireworks display on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. Refreshments will be available. The Concessions and Kids Zone will open at 5 pm. Pre-firework entertainment will be provided by the Quincy Park Band at 7:30 pm. Fireworks begin at dusk. Parking is limited, use the shuttle bus from Lot C at Quincy University at 18th & Elm Streets.

Louisiana, MO 4th of July Celebration. Come to the riverfront in Louisiana and enjoy food and fun during the afternoon and evening followed by the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Show at dusk!

Jerseyville 4th of July Fireworks will be at the American Legion at 9 pm. American Legion, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Come watch the fireworks in Jerseyville at the American Legion. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Grafton Independence Celebration will be on July 5th on Main Street at dusk.

Jacksonville 4th of July Blast will be on July 4 over Mauvaise Terre Lake at 9:30 pm.

4-H Extension Golf Scramble – June 14 – Pittsfield, IL

4hPike County 4-H/Extension Foundation golf outing is June 14, 2014. This event is a 4 person scramble – 18 hole event at the Old Orchard Country Club in Pittsfield, IL. Hole sponsorship is $50 per hole. Shotgun start is at 8:30 am.

Entry fee is $240.00 per team and includes entry fee, green fees and cart, $20 Mulligans per team, $20 skins per team, and $20 multiple flags on Par 3’s per team. Prizes are $450.00 first place, $240.00 second place, and other prizes are closest to pin, longest putt and longest drive. Meal and snacks will be provided. Proceeds go to the Pike County 4-H Extension Foundation.

To register a team or for more information, call Marilyn Hyde at 217-242-4832 or Tammi Koltveit at 217-285-5543.