It’s that time of year again for the great Pike County Color Drive! This is the 26th year for the Color Drive and each year brings amazing things to see, do and eat. Be sure to visit the Pike County Color Drive’s official website at www.pikecolordrive.com and visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE. This year’s event is October 18 and 19. Download your own 2014 event map and brochure on their website or by clicking 2014 Pike County Color Drive Map Brochure.
Radio coverage can be heard on WBBA FM 97.5 with commentary by Pittsfield Rotary Club. Listen in your vehicle or even online! The following events are ones found on Facebook and submitted to Pike County Happenings. We hope to see you out as we also provide running coverage on our Twitter page! This year PCH can be found in the southern part of the county beginning in Nebo and following Illinois 96 all the way to New Canton! Follow us on our adventure around the river as we weave in and out of some of the most beautiful areas in our county. Last year’s trek around the northern side was so much fun, we just had to do it again! Follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE.
Here are just a few of the events happening around the county this weekend that aren’t included on the brochure. Be sure to check them out!
Nebo will be serving their famous fish sandwiches and selling apple butter this weekend! There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, hay scramble and several vendors. Be sure to stop by the welcome booth for your stamp!
Lots to see in this small, idyllic town! Don’t pass through without stopping for some delicious food and great finds with antiques and finds at the old Odd Fellows Hall just west of the park and the great food vendors. Something for everyone in this picturesque spot!
Annual Color Drive Tent Service at the Pike County Fairgrounds Sunday, Oct 19 at 10 am. Join together with our church family for a time of praise and worship at the Pike County Fairgrounds as our community celebrates The Pike County Illinois Fall Color Drive
The Pearl Community Center will raffle a quilt and gift card at the Color Drive Oct 19. For more information, call Julia Hatcher at 217-829-4260 or Lois Stewart at 217-829-4430. The proceeds will be for purchasing Christmas lights.
Nucci’s Pasta House is ready to serve the hungry visitors to town! Help them celebrate their first year open during the Pike County Color Drive by stopping by for some delicious Italian food! Be sure to check out their website for their full menu, updates and specials by clicking HERE.
Be sure to stop by the Baylis Baptist Church on Saturday for some great food in a controlled environment we are also an official stop so get your card punched, Thanks see you on Saturday.
Many new vendors this year! Eagle Creek Carving Company will be back with chainsaw carving demonstrations.
Pittsfield FFA will be selling chili on the square.
East Pike Fire Protection District will be selling pork and BBQ brisket sandwiches on the square.
G-P FFA will be serving pork chops, ribeyes and pork burger sandwiches Saturday, Oct 18 and Sunday, Oct 19 at the Western Illinois Fairgrounds in Griggsville. They will also be serving biscuits & gravy each morning for breakfast along with coffee. Proceeds go to support the G-P FFA Leadership program and National FFA Convention. Drive-up and take out service will be available.
G-P FFA will host it’s 8th annual antique tractor show at the Western IL Fairgrounds Oct 18 & 19. Voting will take place Sunday and plaques will be awarded at 3:30. Tractors need to be in place by 9 am each day. Show one or both days. Call Chris Miller, Ag instructor, at 217-430-6970 for questions and more.
The Skinner House on North Stanford St. will be open Saturday, Oct 18 from 9 am to noon. Tour the historic house and museum room which contains Nellie Grant items and Page Hatch hand carved decoys. Homemade apple dumplings will be available.
To help ensure an adequate blood supply for our region, David Schrock’s House located at 17652 County Hwy 11 in Pleasant Hill is hosting a blood drive on Monday, Sept. 29. The hours of the blood drive are 4 – 6:30 p.m. For your convenience, please call the blood center (toll-free) to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online using sponsor code 60636 at http://www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.
A benefit will be held on Saturday, October 25 for Phillip Gates who has been battling cancer since fall of 2013. There will be a chicken dinner, cost for adults $8 and children 4-8 yrs of age $4.
There will be a 50/50 drawing, a gun raffle and silent auction. The gun being raffled is a Mossberg shotgun, deer and turkey combo, for $10 per ticket (need not be present to win).
For information or to contact tickets please contact:
Angie Hughes at 217-491-8308
Joe Gates 217-491-1192
Mack Holland 618-232-1432
Donna Stelbrink 618-535-3504
The Christian Church in Pleasant Hill will begin their fall tutoring and after school program on September 16. Tutoring will be Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Christian Church and will be staffed by teachers or college graduate professionals. There is no charge but donations of tutoring supplies, items for the food pantry or donations toward the Haiti mission trip are welcomed.
The after school Bible Club called Everyday Heroes will start Sept 17 and will be from 3:15 – 5:15 each Wednesday. All school children from second through sixth grade are welcome.
Pleasant Hill Pre-K Developmental Screening is 1-3p.m. Aug. 21.
Free screening is for all preeschool age children, 2 1/2 to 5 (not enrolling in kindergarten).
It is necessary for children to be screened to be considered for the Pre-K program.
For an appointment call the Pleasant Hill Elementary school, 734-2311.
If you wish to submit a float into the Pleasant Hill 4th of July Parade, please contact Sally Ward or mail your entry to general delivery, Pleasant Hill. The theme is small town hero and there will be three prizes: Best Theme, Most Patriotic and Miss Pleasant Hill’s Choice. The parade starts at 11 with line up at 10.