Arts and Entertainment

Garden Walk set for Saturday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Four gardens are to be featured in a Garden Walk in Gibson City on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for the Garden Walk cost $8 in advance and can be purchased at the Moyer District Library, Ace Hardware and Speak Easy Salon. On the day of the walk, tickets cost $10 and can be bought at County Market.


Eight vying for Ford County Fair queen's crown

MELVIN — Eight young women will be participating in the 2017 Miss Ford County Fair Queen Pageant, to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the dance building on the fairgrounds in Melvin. 

Master of ceremonies for the evening will be Nicole McNary, with broadcasting by WGCY-Radio in Gibson City.

Vying for the title of Miss Ford County 2017 are:


Paxton's shooting range open to public Saturday morning

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 17.

The daily fee is $10 per person. The fee covers the person’s right to use the property and shooting targets, but people still need to provide their own gun, ammunition and ear and eye protection.


Volunteers needed as ticket takers at Ford County Fair

MELVIN — Ticket takers for the Ford County Fair are being sought.

Persons signing up to work as ticket takers for one session will receive a one-day pass to the fair; those signing up for two or more sessions will get a weeklong pass.

To sign up for a time to work, call 217-388-7711, call Christy Wallace at 217-388-7768 or stop by the Farmers-Merchants National Bank in Melvin.


List of upcoming community events (June 2, 2017)

Paxton’s farmers’ market — called “The Market on Market” — will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday from May through September at Majestic Park, located at 135 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton. The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE in Paxton and the City of Paxton.


Entries sought for Ford County Fair's talent show

MELVIN — The talent show committee for the Ford County Fair is seeking entries for the show that wil be held Tuesday, June 27, at the fairgrounds in Melvin.


Memorial Day services set in area

A roundup of Memorial Day services in the area ...


Paxton's fireworks show moving to Bixby Park this July 4

PAXTON — Paxton’s Fourth of July fireworks show is moving to Bixby Park starting this summer.

Mayor Bill Ingold said Tuesday morning that he had consulted with Les Mennenga, who organizes the fireworks show each year, about relocating the show from its existing site at Memorial Field.


List of upcoming community events (May 10, 2017)

Paxton’s farmers’ market — called “The Market on Market” — will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday from May through September at Majestic Park, located at 135 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton. The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE in Paxton and the City of Paxton.


Paxton's fireworks show may move to Bixby Park

PAXTON — Paxton’s Fourth of July fireworks show could be relocated to Bixby Park on the city’s far-southeast side as soon as this summer.

Mayor Bill Ingold broached the idea of moving the fireworks show from its existing site at Memorial Field, located south of Clara Peterson Elementary School, during an adjourned meeting of the city council on April 25.


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