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Smokin' Buds BBQ wins grand champ honors at Paxton Swine 'N' Dine

PAXTON — John Simpson, Tom Anglin and Dave Cooker can attest to that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Using a pair of 55-gallon drums as barbecue pits, the trio from Champaign won a tie-breaker to claim grand champion honors — and a $1,150 payout — at Saturday’s third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.


Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival: By the numbers

PAXTON — Downtown Paxton will turn into a big tailgate party Saturday, as barbecue enthusiasts put their skills to the test as part of the third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival. Some will be cooking out for the contest, while others will be selling their product to the thousands expected to show up.

Here are some numbers to consider about the event:


Motorcycle ride to pass through Rantoul, Gibson City in effort to help veterans, active troops

GIBSON CITY — A motorcycle ride/run on Saturday, Sept. 27, will raise funds for disabled veterans and active military troops as it passes through area towns, including Rantoul and Gibson City.

The ride begins at VFW Post 630 on Main Street in Urbana. Sign-in is between 10 and 11:45 a.m., with the ride departing at noon.


Food vendors will be out in force for Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Cookoff & Festival

PAXTON — Saturday’s third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival represents not only a chance for area residents to test their grilling talents in an organized competition, it is an opportunity for some to get their name out as a local barbecue vendor.


Georgiana Johnson celebrating 90th birthday Sunday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Georgiana Johnson of Gibson City is celebrating her 90th birthday from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at the First Presbyterian Church, 401 N. Church St., Gibson City.

She was born Sept. 18, 1924, in rural Gibson City, a daughter of Alva and Daisy Hansen Osman.


Huge event planned to welcome Frank Fritz to Paxton

PAXTON — Paxton antique dealer Robin McNish and “American Pickers” co-star Frank Fritz will hunt for “rusty gold” in a couple of weeks at two undisclosed properties north of Paxton. With barns and sheds full of vintage signs, gas pumps and “boxes and boxes of old antique stuff,” McNish said she is sure that Fritz will enjoy this “pick.”


Paxton churches saying thanks with event Sunday at Pells Park

PAXTON — After a tornado struck Gifford last fall, a group of churches in and around Paxton wondered whether they could combine forces to help in a mission project for their neighboring community.


Closure of portion of Market Street approved for Frank Fritz's visit to Paxton

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council agreed to close a portion of Market Street on Saturday, Sept. 27, to help facilitate a festival to salute “American Pickers” star Frank Fritz.


Retiring Ford County Board member to speak to historical society

PAXTON — The annual banquet of the Ford County Historical Society is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the banquet room of the Arcade Pancake House, 132 N. Market St., Paxton. 

The speaker is Patricia Haskins of Sibley, a retiring member of the Ford County Board.

For reservations and more information, call 379-4111.


Super Saturday set in Gilman

GILMAN — Gilman’s annual Super Saturday celebration is set for Sept. 6.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast at the American Legion Hall.

An auto/truck show will be on Central Street with registration from 9 a.m. to noon. Spectators will judge the show from noon to 2:30 p.m., and awards will be presented at 3.


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