Pike County Sheriff’s Department is investigating theft of a 14 foot Ringo single axle utility trailer, reported stolen August 21 and taken sometime during the previous two weeks from 18521, US Highway 54, Rockport. If anyone has information on this or any other crime taking place in Pike County, call Crime Stoppers, 217-285-1500. You will never be asked to identify yourself and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you will be eligible for a cash reward.
New Canton Harvest Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6. Theme is “New Canton in Wonderland.”
Events begin Friday:
6 p.m. Opening Ceremonies.
7 p.m. Royalty Contests: Queen, Jr. Miss, Little Miss and Little Mister.
9 a.m. Baby and Toddler Contests.
1 p.m. Grand Parade.
2:30-4 p.m. band “Loaded.”
4-7 p.m. Fried chicken dinner.
4:30-6 p.m. Talent contest.
6:30-9:30 p.m. “Great Mountain River Band.”
Breakfast and church.
Royalty contestants needed. Friday, girls age 5-18; boys age 5-9. Must live in old West Pike District. To pre-register call Margo, 217-440-5613 by august 27. Baby and toddler contest open to public.
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.
A fundraiser for PHS Lady Saukee Volleyball is Aug. 29 at PHS Gymnasium. Cost is $150 per team and 8th grade students through adult are eligible. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m., Aug. 27. IHSA rules apply; 2 sets to 25, if needed 3rd set to 15. Prizes depend on number of entries. For questions call Coach Kloker, 618-713-3456 or Coach Robertson, 217-285-6888, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Pittsfield Cub Scout Pack 18 will hold their annual kick-off for the new year of scouting Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30 at King Park.
Cub Scouts is open to boys grades 1st thru 5th. Feel free to bring fishing equipment to keep the boys busy while the parents meet at 7 (there will be other adults to help).
We are in need of a Den Leader for the 1st grade group, if interested or if you have any questions feel free to contact Pack 18’s Cubmaster Alisha Ballinger at 217-653-2116 (texting is ok).
The Pike/Calhoun Retired Teacher’s Unit of the IRTA will meet August 21 in the Red Apple Room of the Old Orchard County Club at 11:30 a.m. Representative C. D. Davidsmeyer will join us to talk about Illinois politics and retired teacher issues, plus answer questions. Gil Dimel will discuss legislative issues related to retired teachers from an IRTA prospective. Also Linda Basden will tell us about her retirement endeavour. Please join us for a Dutch treat lunch and visiting with your former colleagues. If you have questions, call Fran Schaller, 212-653-4270 or Jo-an McIntire, 217-653-5798.