List of upcoming community events (Oct. 28, 2015)

Taste of Home Cooking School headed to Champaign on Thursday

Bourbon Smoke BBQ wins grand champ honors at 4th annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine

PAXTON — Jason Ishcomer and his buddies used “Big Bertha” — a massive, $10,000, factory-built triple-door Horizon smoker — to win Saturday’s fourth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival.

But, as members of Ishcomer’s Bourbon Smoke BBQ team noted, the expensive cooking device is not the key to their success.

Corey Dennison to headline Paxton concert this Saturday

PAXTON — Corey Dennison’s first time in Paxton — a stop at the Arcade Cafe & Pancake House on the morning after he attended a friend’s wedding in Champaign — probably won’t be quite like his second.

Rural Paxton farmstead turned into wedding venue

RURAL PAXTON — Old barns are a dying piece of America’s history, with now only about 3 million left of the 20 million or so that were around some 35 years ago. Even rarer are old barns that are still used — for weddings, of all things.

Chris Engelbrecht has gained an appreciation for the architectural and historical significance that barns have meant to the U.S. agriculture industry.

Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival getting bigger, better

PAXTON — Ben Grice thinks this year’s version of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will be even more of an attraction both locally and regionally than those in years past, with a national blues act lined up to perform, a better selection of food vendors on hand, more businesses selling their wares on Market Street, more activities offered for children, and even more prize mon

Event to honor Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce's Amelie Beck

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City to honor Amelie Beck, a longtime member and former president of the chamber board. Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

'Hiring and Firing in Illinois' to be topic of next Lunch & Learn event

PAXTON — Dr. Garrett Smith will present the program “Hiring and Firing in Illinois” during the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch & Learn event, scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 27, at the American Legion building at 763 E. Pells St. in Paxton.

Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend is $8 per person.

Cissna Park's annual Old Settlers Reunion set for Aug. 13-15

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s 128th annual Old Settlers Reunion — one of the longest-running observances in Illinois — is set for Aug. 13-15 at the village park.

The event has been sponsored by American Legion Post 527 since 1946. Prior to that, going back to 1887, it was sponsored by a variety of community organizations.

Plans finalized for Sibley's 4th of July celebration

SIBLEY — Plans have been finalized for the annual Fourth of July Celebration in Sibley.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate Rural America.” 

Activities on Saturday, July 4, begin at 9 a.m. with a children’s catch-and-release fishing derby at Sibley Lake. Each fisherman is asked to bring their own bait and a 5-gallon bucket to hold their catch.

Free electronics recycling offered April 4 in Paxton

PAXTON — The Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District and COM2 Recycling are hosting a free electronic recycling event for Ford County residents.

The event, sponsored by the City of Paxton, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at the Paxton Police Department, 755 N. Railroad Ave.

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