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Top finishers in 5th annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest

Following are the top-finishing teams from Saturday’s fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival:

Overall — Smokin’ Walders (grand champion), Camp’s BBQ-Crew (reserve champion), P&Q BBQ (third), Mantucky Mayhem (fourth), Midlife Quesis (fifth), The Porkers (sixth) and King Brumblecue (seventh).


Camp uses grilling techniques he learned in Army to land reserve champ in BBQ cookoff

PAXTON — Camp’s BBQ-Crew, headed by Paxton resident Marcus Camp, saw success in Saturday’s fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival despite having competed in barbecue cookoffs for only the last four years.


Winning BBQ cookoff didn't seem likely after morning misfortune

PAXTON — Cameron Walder and his younger brother, Kendall, had their smokers lit early Saturday morning.

Luckily, they had more than one going.

Cameron, 30, and Kendall, 20, discovered a problem with one of their two smokers after leaving their barbecue cookoff setup on North Market Street for a few minutes to eat breakfast at the nearby Arcade Cafe & Pancake House.


List of upcoming community events (Sept. 14, 2016)

The Market on Market is held at Majestic Park in downtown Paxton every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through the end of September. The farmers’ market features fresh produce, meats, baked goods and crafts by local residents. The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE in Paxton and the City of Paxton.


Toy Drive for Alex Faulkner under way

PAXTON — The annual Toy Drive for Alex Faulkner is under way.

The toy drive is held each September, which is Childhood Cancer Awarness Month.


Gibson City library offering Costume Swap

GIBSON CITY — Throughout September, community members can drop off a gently used child’s costume at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City to receive a voucher to redeem on Oct. 15 for a new costume.

It’s all part of the library’s inaugural Costume Swap.


Vendors, crafters sought for St. Joseph Fall Craft Bazaar

PAXTON — The annual St. Joseph Fall Craft Bazaar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the St. Mary/St. Joseph Parish Center, 150 N. Maple St., Paxton.

The bazaar will feature vendors and crafters selling their wares.

There is a $15 fee to rent a table to sell items. For more information, call Rosanne at 217-386-9405.


List of upcoming community events (Sept. 7, 2016)

The Market on Market is held at Majestic Park in downtown Paxton every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. through the end of September. The farmers’ market features fresh produce, meats, baked goods and crafts by local residents. The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE in Paxton and the City of Paxton.


Q&A with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band

The Kilborn Alley Blues Band will make its second appearance in as many years in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Sept. 17, as one of four bands performing at the fifth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.


Car show, bean-bag tourney added to Paxton Swine 'N' Dine lineup

PAXTON — The Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival was originally started four years ago with modest intentions.

What organizers did not realize at the time was that it would end up being one of the biggest local events of the year — attracting hundreds, if not thousands, of people, and not just those from Paxton.


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