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.

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!

Pittsfield:

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.

Pig Days – July 11 & 12 – Pittsfield, IL

PCH festivals fairsThe 46th annual Pike County Pig Days is July 11-12 on courthouse grounds in Pittsfield. Members of Pittsfield Lions Club, organizers of the event, are in the final planning stages. Funds raised are funneled back to the community through various projects and organizations supported by the Lions Club.
Pork burgers will be available Friday, 10 am and throughout the day for $2. Western Illinois Pork Producers furnish the meat Friday and Saturday. Entertainment Friday night is “Stompin Ground”. Other entertainment will be announced later. Vendor space is available. Contact Charles Gates at 217-473-3041 to obtain Vendor Space Reservation form or download one from Chamber of Commerce website, http://www.pikeil.org.

Book Signing – June 12 – Pittsfield, IL

public library buttonPittsfield Public Library will host a book signing for Theresa Cooley of Pittsfield from 5-7 pm on Thursday, June 12. Theresa’s book of poetry “My Poems” will be available for purchase and she will sign your book.

Fish & Chicken Fry – May 3 – Hull, IL

pch fire departmentHull-Kinderhook Fire Protection District will hold their Fish & Chicken Fry from 11am – 2pm and 4-7pm on Saturday, May 3 at the fire station located at 320 W. Highway 106 in Hull. The menu is fish, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, fried potatoes, assorted desserts and drinks of coffee, tea, Kool-aid and lemonade. Dessert donations are appreciated. Free will donations accepted. Deliveries available within village limits of Hull or Kinderhook with a minimum of $5 donation. Call 217-432-5240 for delivery. Funds go toward purchase of equipment, vehicles, and training.

Tootsie Pop Day – May 2 & 3 – Pittsfield, IL

tootsie popThe Pittsfield Lions Club will be conducting their 2014 Tootsie Pop Day on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 in Pittsfield. Sharon Springer, Sharon’s Town and Country Daycare/Preschool and her lions cubs will be at County Market at varying times on Friday (weather permitting) to begin the fundraiser.

On Saturday, Lions Club members will be set up from 8:30 am until 1 pm at County Market, Walmart, Farm and Home Supply, and Save-A-Lot. In addition, the Lions will be on the square in Pittsfield, Saturday May 3 during Pittsfield Main Street’s Family Day where they will be sharing information regarding the Lions’ mission of helping sight and hearing impaired people. The Lions club will accept used eyeglasses and hearing aids at all locations. Lions Club Tootsie Pop Day is a fundraiser conducted nationally by the Lions. Money raised is used to help sight and hearing impaired people locally and around the4 world.

Donations can also be mailed to: The Pittsfield Lions Club, PO Box 255, Pittsfield, IL 62363. The Pittsfield Lions Club would appreciate your support and is looking forward to seeing you May 2 and 3.

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!

Apple Festival Soup Luncheon – March 30 – Barry, IL

PCH festivals fairsOn Sunday, March 30 the Barry Apple Festival will hold a soup luncheon fundraiser at the Barry American Legion Hall on Decatur St in Barry. Proceeds will be used to purchase a new trailer for the queen’s apple float. Come meet the Barry Apple Festival royalty and enjoy great food at the same time. The menu will consist of homemade chili & chicken noodle soup, Famous Apple Dumplin Inn’s Maidrites, Potato chips, apple cake & apple crisp, and drinks. Free will donation.

For questions and/or to donate call 217-440-0771.

Updated Area Cemetery Cleaning Schedules

grave2cArea cemeteries are gearing up for Spring and announcing their cleaning day schedules. Be sure to know when your local cemetery will be cleaning so that you can retrieve your items from graves.

WOODLAND CEMETERY: Clean up/work day will be on April 7 at 1pm. Please remove decorations before this day. Donations accepted.

BAYLIS: Baylis Cemetery clean up day will be March 29. Any flowers that are to be saved must be removed by this date.

MOUND CEMETERY: General clean up of Mound Cemetery will begin March 26. At this time, the cemetery will be cleaned and prepared for the mowing season. All Christmas & faded arrangements will be removed from graves. Please pick up any of these items you wish to keep prior to March 26.

GRIGGSVILLE: Griggsville Cemetery will begin clean up on March 25. Please remove all flowers & decorations. Anything left after March 25 will be disposed of.

NEBO: Annual cleanup for the Nebo Cemetery will begin on April 1. Please remove everything you want to save from around grave site such as flowers, decorations, etc. by April 1. After cleanup, you are free to return all grave decorations.

PERRY: Perry Cemetery clean up will be on Saturday, March 22 at 1pm. Donations are welcome.

PITTSFIELD: Clean up will begin March 24. Any items left after April 1 will be removed except shepherd’s hooks. All replaced flowers should be in vases or may be removed for grass trimming.

PLEASANT HILL: The annual cleaning of Crescent Heights Cemetery will begin on March 15. Please remove all flowers, containers and grave decorations you wish to save by that date. Anything left after March 15th will be disposed of.

If you know of other area cemetery cleanup days, please email your information to us at pikecountyhappenings@outlook.com or send to us via the Contact Us page.

QUMA Fundraiser – March 8 – Pittsfield, IL

fundraiserPike County Quail & Upland Management Association annual fundraising banquet is March 8 at the former JDL Building, Hwy 54 North, Pittsfield. Event begins at 6 pm with social hour, games & viewing of many auction and raffle items.

Dinner will be provided by Catering and More at 7 pm and be followed by auction and raffles at 8 pm. Auction items include: Terry Redlin bookcase, lodge box wine rack, coffee table with quail mount, clock, coat rack, original artwork, collector’s prints, hunting trips including Argentina and Costa Rica, purebred German shorthair and other collectible items. Inside raffle items include: guns, collector prints, hunts, gift certificates, hunting clothes, gun cases, duck calls and other merchandise. Outside raffle ticket includes four guns and a stack On Elite 48 Gun Safe – winner takes ALL. Guns are a Savage Axis, XP, 22-250 Cal.; Winchester Model SXP, 12 ga. 3 1/2 Ruger 1022, 22 cal. Rifle; and Ruger Mark III, 22 cal. Target. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.

A special raffle for youth has been expanded to include five youth guns, several hunts and Pike Co. QUMA T-shirts for each youth attending. All youth attending will be eligible for free pheasant hunt at Heartland Lodge.

Advance tickets are $30 for membership and dinner. Student tickets (18 and under) are $15 and couples tickets are $50 which includes one membership and two dinners. Children five and under are free. Tickets need to be purchased by Feb 23 to be eligible for Early Bird drawing. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more. Tickets are available by calling 285-2464 or from any Pike County QUMA director, Pikeland Motors on the square and The Archery Shop in Pittsfield.