The Griggsville Apple Festival is looking for entries for its annual talent contest. The contest will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Jr. Division will be from 6:30-7 p.m., with a break for other activities, then the Sr. Division will resume around 8:15 p.m. Background music for vocalists will need to be provided to the committee by Thursday, Sept. 18. If you are interested in entering the contest, pleae contact Jamie Kelley at 217-242-2817. Limited entries will be accepted so call soon!
Griggsville Apple Festival Car and Bike show in downtown Griggsville. Special quest for the weekend is the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall. 100% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall and Toys for Tots. Registration is 8 a.m.-noon. Registration fee is $20 for cars/trucks and $15 for bikes. Judging begins at noon. Awards given for 1st and 2nd place in each class. Special awards given for “Best of Show” and “Best Display of Patriotism”. For additional information, contact Shelly Henry at 217-617-5077, on Facebook, or you can email email@example.com.
Griggsville Apple Festival will have its first Chili Cook-off this year. Get out spices and cook up a favorite chili and bring it to the competition for judging and public taste-testing. No entry fee. Chili will be judges on color, aroma, consistency, taste and after-test. Cash prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners and one People’s Choice trophy.
Contestants should provide two gallons of homemade shili, roaster or crock pot, card table, extension cord, and chili dipper. Each contestant should display a sign visible to public stating the heat level of his/her chili. Festival will provide electricity, as well as 4 oz. bowls, spoons, and bottled water for taste-testing and judging.
Event is Friday, Sept. 19 on boulevard in Griggsville. Roasters/crock pots should be set up by 5:45 p.m. Judging is 6 p.m. Public taste-testing is 6:30 p.m. which will determine People’s Choice Award.
Anyone interested in entering can contact Jill Kunzeman, 309-264-3785. Entries accepted until Wednesday, Sept. 17.
The 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.
The Bright Star Methodist Cooperative Parish Bible Study for spring 2014 will be held every tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Perry United Methodist Church and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Griggsville United Methodist Church. Both are studying the book of Ezekiel. The Bible study is sponsored by the 7 congregations of the Bright Star Parish – Oxville, Florence, Detroit, Griggsville, Perry, New Salem, and Baylis Methodist Churches. If you have questions, please call Pastor Dave at 217-833-2575 or 217-833-2457.
FREE! The 5th annual Lady Eagles Fundamental of Softball Camp will be held daily from July 21-25, 10 a.m. until noon. This is for young ladies entering 6th through 8th grades this fall. the camp will be held at the Griggsville Little League diamond. Please bring your softball equipment and a great attitude. If any questions, contact Coach Bill Craven at 217-833-2113. He is looking forward to seeing you there!
The 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.
Western Illinois Fair opens Wednesday, June 25 with the DARE program at the grandstand with special gate price of $10 for all patrons, which includes rides. Many prizes will be given. The Miller Spectacular Shows return to our midway with state fair rides and many food & drink concessions.
Schedule this year is DARE program Wednesday with special gate price; Queen and Little Miss Pageant on Thursday with Dueling Pianos, Friday is family night with a special gate price and Woody’s Educational Wildlife presentation at the grandstand. Woody’s has been featured on Jay Leno, Racheal Ray and Fox St. Louis. Saturday night, both bus demo and modified demo. UPA tractor and truck pull is featured Sunday, last night of the fair.
Daily admission is $8 ticket without rides and $15 with rides. Season tickets are $30 without rides and $50 with rides.
Griggsville-Perry FFA Membe4rs will have hanging baskets availalbe for sale this weekend, May 2 & 3 for Mother’s Day. Flowers, baskets, plants, annuals, vegetables and flower bowls range in price from $1 to $15 and will be available Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:P30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am until noon at the High School Ag building in Griggsville.