Arts and Entertainment

List of upcoming community events (June 20, 2018)

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kerbside Floral & Tanning, 516 E. Locust St., Chatsworth. Visitors are always welcome, including preteens, teens and adults, both male and female. There is no charge to attend the first meeting.


Paxton shooting range open for target practice July 7

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

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.


One-way traffic to be in effect around Bixby Park for fireworks show

PAXTON — One-way traffic on all streets surrounding Bixby Park will be in effect when the city’s fireworks show is held at the park on the southeast edge of town on Independence Day.


List of upcoming community events (June 12, 2018)

The Loda Sportsman’s Club has raffle tickets on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, July 4, during Paxton’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park. To obtain a raffle ticket, people can contact a Loda Sportsman’s Club member or call Dan Marlor at 217-550-4546.


Travis Tritt headlines Ford County Fair concert

MELVIN — Nashville recording artist Travis Tritt headlines this year’s concert at the Ford County Fair in Melvin. Opening the concert will be Craig Campbell, and a post-concert party features Jordan Davis.


Ford County Fair features something for everyone

MELVIN — This year’s Ford County Fair, running June 24-30, features concerts, action and events for family members of all ages.

The fair opens Sunday, June 24, with the western horse show at 10 a.m. The jackpot gilt show starts at 5 p.m. that day.

Monday night features the annual fair queen pageant at 7 p.m. in the dance building.


Jackpot rises beyond $5,324 for tonight's drawing

GIBSON CITY — The Ed Day Skatepark Committee in Gibson City held its weekly drawing on May 30 at the Gibson City American Legion post. The amount in the pot for the drawing was $5,324. The player’s name drawn was Amy Anderson, who had picked Card No. 11. The 8 of Clubs was turned over. There was no winner, so the jackpot will roll over and be even higher for the next drawing at 7:30 p.m.


Contestants sought for Fourth of July Little Mister & Miss Pageant

PAXTON — Boys and girls ages 5-7 who live within the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district are eligible to enter the annual Fourth of July Little Mister & Miss Pageant sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce.


Ford County Fair entry deadline nearing

MELVIN — The deadline for all junior and open show entries at this year’s Ford County Fair is Monday, June 18.

Entries should be sent to: Jane Meyer, 1795 N. 1800 East Road, Thawville, IL 60968. They must be received or postmarked by June 18.

Entries may also be brought to the secretary’s office on the fairgrounds in Melvin between noon and 4 p.m. June 18.


List of upcoming community events (June 6, 2018)

The Loda Sportsman’s Club has raffle tickets on sale for a drawing to be held Wednesday, July 4, during Paxton’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park. To obtain a raffle ticket, people can contact a Loda Sportsman’s Club member or call Dan Marlor at 217-550-4546.





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