Arts and Entertainment

Trick-or-treating hours set in area towns

Halloween trick-or-treat hours have been set in area communities:

Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Cabery — 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Cissna Park — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Danforth — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Elliott — 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Float entries sought for Gibson City's Lighted Holiday Parade

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at County Market in Gibson City and will travel west and north through the downtown area.

At this time, the parade committee is looking for entries of floats. The theme for this year’s parade is “Dashing Through the Snow.”

Popular animated holiday light display in Paxton on hiatus again in 2016

PAXTON — For a second straight holiday season, Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display in Paxton will be taking a hiatus.

Johnson posted the announcement last week on his Lighting Up Paxton website.

Volunteers sought for Lighted Christmas Parade, Fright Night

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help with its annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19, in downtown Gibson City.

With the theme “Dashing Through the Snow,” the parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with parade lineup set for 5:30 p.m.

Gibson City Harvest Fest set for all day Saturday

GIBSON CITY — The second annual Gibson City Harvest Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Gibson City. The festival, presented by Gibson Area Hospital, opens at 11 a.m. and ends around midnight.

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.

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