Let’s Make Apple Butter! – Oct 4 – Nebo, IL

community event buttonThe Nebo Community Club will be making Apple Butter on October 4. We need pint and quart jars if anyone would like to donate. Call Kelly Hill at 217-734-2418 if you have any jars and she will arrange to pick them up.

Pike County Chamber of Commerce Fall Cookout – Sept 23 – Summer Hill, IL

Food buttonHopewell Winery will host the annual Chamber of Commerce fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept 23 at Hopewell Winery in Summer Hill. Country Financial is the sponsor of the cookout this year, contributing to the cost of the meat. In addition each attendee will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HDX, compliments of Country Financial. The meal will be a delicious pork dinner with the meat prepared by Peter Wright and Mike Spann, members of the chamber board who are also award-winning BBQers.
The Chamber will continue the informal serving style introduced a few years ago, making this a “come and go as as you please” evening. Serving will begin at 4:30 pm and end at 7:00 pm. Carry-outs will be available to accommodate any scheduling conflicts. There will be wine tasting, wine available for purchase, and music. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and available from the Chamber of Commerce office or from any chamber board member or ambassador. Contact Kay Ifner, executive director, at 217-285-2971 or by email at info@pikeil.org.

New Hartford Christian Church Annual Fish Fry – Sept 14 – New Hartford, IL

Food buttonThis Sunday is the New Hartford Christian Church’s Annual Fish Fry. Bring your appetite and enjoy great food and fellowship! The meal starts at 5:00 pm followed by a concert by Saved By Grace at 6:00 pm. If you can’t make it to the meal and can get there in time for the concert, come on down! For questions please call 217-285-2509.

Crime Stoppers – Sept 10

CrimeStoppers LogoThe Pike County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a 2-vehicle accident, which took place on IL-96 North of New Canton on Sept. 6 at approximately 9:12 pm. One vehicle, a white colored GMC Denali, remained on scene while the second unidentified vehicle was last seen traveling north. If you have any information on this or any other crime taking place in Pike County call Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500. You will never be asked to identify yourself and if your tip is used in an arrest, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

Milton Corn Carnival – Sept 26-28 – Milton, IL

PCH festivals fairsSmall towns often have the best parties, and there’s no party more fun than the Milton Corn Carnival! This year’s theme is “They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies!” The Corn Carnival is always the fourth weekend in September. Events are held on the square in Milton. Be sure to check out the Milton Corn Carnival page on Facebook by clicking here.

If you’re interested in being a part of the parade, be sure to call Kathy Scranton at 217-723-4048. The parade begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday and lines up at the Milton Ballpark off of Illinois Route 100.

If you’re interested in being a contestant in the Corn Carnival Talent/Lip Sync Contest, call Sherri Howland at 217-723-4311 or Carla Allen at 217-723-4484. You may leave a message. The contest is Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm on the square. Grand prize is $500!! Also awards for People’s Choice and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. There will be a $2 entrance fee. More information to come. Deadline to enter is September 24.

Contestants for the Milton Corn Carnival Miss Corny Contest (set for 9:00 pm on Friday, Sept 26 on the square) can enter by calling Sherri Howland at 217-723-4311 or Carla Allen at 217-723-4484, you may also leave a message. This contest hasn’t been held for several years, let’s bring it back for lots of fun. Grand prize for winning is $100 and a beautiful crown!
All pageant contestants must live in the old East Pike School District or have a parent or grandparent that lives in the district.
Baby contest (0-24 mo): Contact Emily Hoover at 217-473-9306. There will be a cutoff of 10 boys and 10 girls.
Little Mr & Miss (4-6 yrs old): Contact Ashley Nash at 217-370-8524
Jr. Miss (5-8 grade): Contact Heather Richards at 217-491-2008
Queen contest: Contact Jamie Kattelman at 217-653-0893.

Child Passenger Safety Week Car Seat Checks – Sept 20 – Pittsfield, IL

child safetyDo you know if your child seat is the right one for you, or installed properly? Visit Illini Hospital ambulance garage on September 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to check your car seat for proper installation and advice on how to choose the right car seat and properly install it in your vehicle. Certified technicians will be on hand to help parents and caregivers. Pike County Ambulance will be conducting this National Seat Check Saturday event.

The event is part of Pike County’s participation in National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014) and is free to the public. By attending this event, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible in their vehicle. Remember: all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat. As of January 1, 2012, seat belt use is required in all seating positions. For more information on Child Passenger Safety visit www.nhtsa.gov or www.buckleupillinois.org

Two Rivers Wine Tour – Sept 13

illinois-wineTwo Rivers Wine Tour is Saturday, September 13 and includes four stops: Spirit Knob Winery in Ursa, Village Vineyard in Camp Point, Ridge View Winery in Mt. Sterling and Hopewell Winery in Summer Hill. Lunch is included at Spirit Knob. Food also available for sale at last stop, Hopewell Winery, along with live music.
A visit to wineries in Two Rivers area is an opportunity for groups of friends to get together and spend a fun and affordable day tasting and purchasing wide varieties of quality wines produced in our area. Each winery offers a diverse range of homegrown flavors to suit all palates and has new wines to share. Come for a scenic ride, great wine, food and music and make new friends along the way!
Charter bus pickup and drop off points are in Summer Hill and Quincy. Tour includes a guided charter bus tour, free entry and wine tasting at all four wineries, lunch, special discounts on wine, live music, and souvenir wine glass, all for $55.
Reservations should be made quickly to insure seating. For more information or to make your reservation call 217-285-2464.