Enjoy the 47th annual Pig Day celebration, celebrating Pike County’s deep agricultural roots. The event, held on the courthouse lawn begins Friday night with the crowning of Little Miss Piglet, the girl age 4-6 with the longest braids and new this year, Mr. Pork Chop, a boy, the same age, dressed in farming attire, either past or present.
Pleasant Hill offers a full day of excitement starting with a morning parade through the downtown and finishing with a gigantic fireworks display at the village park. Come spend the day and enjoy pageants, kids games, adult games, a talent show and all the good food you can eat.
Kid’s Games will be available from 2-5 courtesy of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Food vendors will be open following the parade and will remain open throughout the day. Food options include: Sno-Cones; pork chops; fish sandwiches; ribeye sandwiches; curly fries; gyros; corn dogs; lemonade shake-ups; funnel cakes & more!!
A novelty stand will be set up as always.
Full Moon Farms & Petting Zoo are scheduled to be present as well.
Final Schedule of Events for the Stage
10:00 Line Up for Parade
11:00 Parade–Grand Marshall: Don Peebles
1:00 Star Spangled Banner
• Ashley Holcomb, Makayla Niffen, Griffin Hall, Noah Lippincott
1:30 Baby Pleasant Hill Pageant
Talent Showcase: Alexandria Robinson
Hula Hoop Contest
• Prize: Hula Hoop
2:15 Little Miss/Little Mister
Talent Showcase: Camree Coats
• Gift basket Prize
3:00 Prince/Princess Pleasant Hill
Talent Showcase: Kenley Coats
Hot Dog Eating Contest
• Sign up at Pork Chop Tent
• How many can you eat in 10 minutes
• Cash Prize
3:45 Jr. Miss/ Miss Pleasant Hill
4:30 High School Cheer & Cheer Camp Dance
4:45 Mr. Hottie
o Sash and Hat
o Cash Prize $50
5:00 The Not-So-Newlywed Game
5:30 Lip Sync
• Cash Prize
6:00-9:00 Musical Act – The Old Dudes Band
Dusk (usually around 9:00) Fireworks
As part of “EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included and Contributing”, two training opportunities are being offered to Pike County residents for FREE. EPIC is a new inclusive community initiative underway in Pike County.
With grant funding from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, EPIC will engage the support of consultants and other agencies to provide training on community inclusion, person-centered planning, supportive housing, customized employment, inclusive education, and the Star Raft model of community networking.
For citizens with developmental disabilities, EPIC will create person-centered plans based on their hopes, dreams, and gifts. Using the Star Raft model, each individual’s Star Raft group will support that person to live out their plan, thereby increasing community connections, participation, contribution and overall quality of life. Simultaneously, EPIC will equip and empower the community to welcome, engage, and support citizens with developmental disabilities to participate and contribute.
On July 15-17th, Pike County residents interested in facilitating person-centered planning sessions for individuals are invited to an intensive, active, three-day experience. Lunch is provided, as well as a PATH kit containing all the materials needed to be a practicing PATH facilitator. Space is limited to 15 participants. The event will be held July 15-17th at the JWCC Perry Ag Center.
On August 8th, David Wetherow, expert in community building and Star Raft founder, will host a gathering of self-advocates, family members, and community partners to learn and practice an exciting set of tools for invitation, setting direction, circle development, managing direct supports, and navigating safely and joyfully towards a good life. The event will be held August 8th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Findley Place Community Room, 400 W. Jefferson in Pittsfield.
Both events are free to Pike County residents, CEUs and CPDUs are available, and online registration can be found at http://www.iamcinc.evenbrite.com/. Pike County residents are urged to register promptly to ensure availability of space as both events are offered for a fee to registrants from outside Pike County as well. Many more training opportunities on a variety of topics will be planned over the course of the one-year grant.
EPIC staff are eager to speak to community groups about the project. Civic organizations, businesses, churches and other groups are invited to schedule a speaking engagement.
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The Pike County Health Department offers many services to our area. Be sure to visit their website by clicking HERE to view all their services and contact information.
⇒ PCHD is offering an 8 hour Illinois Food Manager’s Certification Class at the Courtyard Cafe, at 128 E. Adams St. in Pittsfield, with two sessions: Thursday, July 2 and Thursday, July 9 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Application forms may be downloaded from their website (link above) or for more information contact Chelsea Hayden at 217-285-4407, ext. 116.
⇒ PCHS will be having summer immunization clinics for meningitis vaccinations: July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17. For more information contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124.
The Pittsfield High School classes of ’76 – ’80 are holding a reunion on September 18 and 19, 2015, which is Homecoming weekend. Representatives from each class have sent out invitations, but if you failed to receive one and would like more information, contact Robin Capps Callendar at 217-285-5487 or Susan Frazier Shireman at 217-285-4054.
Calvary Baptist Church, located at 180 S. Franklin St. in Pittsfield, will host Vacation Bible School, July 6-9, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. A family picnic and pool party will be held at King Park on July 10, from 6:30 to 10 pm. All children from Kindergarten through grade 6 are invited to participate.
John Wood Community College will offer two evening welding classes at its Agricultural Education Center near Perry starting August 18. Both 2 credit hour classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 18 through December 15 from 6 to 7:30 pm. To inquire about registration, contact the JWCC Agricultural Education Center at 217-641-4558 or 217-236-4711.
Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Friday, July 6 through July 10, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, at Detroit United Methodist Church at Route 106 in Detroit. The closing will be on Friday evening, July 10. The VBS is open to all children. We need your help. Please bring our own children and invite your friends and neighbors to join us for VBS 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dave at 217-833-2457 or 217-833-2575.
A summer kids’ event called “Everest Vacation Bible School” will be at Crossroads Center in Pittsfield, 6 pm to 8:15 pm Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24.
At Everest VBS, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life and they will have an opportunity to join an international mission effort to provide bibles to kids in Thailand.
Everest VBS is for kids from 4 years old to kids entering 6th grade and is free. For more information and to register for this life-changing journey, call First Christian Church in Pittsfield at 217-285-4129 or visit www.fccpittsfield.org
Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters will host “Fun at the Fair” 5K Fun Run on Saturday, June 27. The fun run is slotted to benefit the Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters in helping pay for Griggsville-Perry Assistant Coaching staff.
Pre-registration forms are available for pick up at FNB of Griggsville, Griggsville Estates, and Free Press Coffee in Pittsfield on the square.
Entry for students, K-12 is $10 per participant, and adults are $15 each. “Fun at the Fair” Run will begin with registration at 7:45 am at the Griggsville American Legion park lot with the race beginning at 8:30 am.
Registration fees are non-refundable with the race being held rain or shine. Checks should be made payable to: GP Athletic Boosters c/o Jill Kunzeman.