Arts and Entertainment

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.


List of upcoming community events (June 1, 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.


Paxton shooting range open June 2

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, June 2.

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.


Drug court graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward set for Wednesday

PAXTON — In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Ford County’s drug court will hold a graduation ceremony for Frankie Ward at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton.


Gibson City starting Friday Night Cruise Nights

GIBSON CITY — On the third Friday of every month this summer, Gibson City’s main drag should be a happening place.


Illinois' first female CSI pens book about her career

PAXTON — When Jodi Barth drives down Interstate 57 south of Paxton these days, she can’t help but remember April 7, 1979.

It was on that day that two police officers and one civilian were killed in a bloody gunfight at the 259 mile marker, with one other officer injured.

Early in her career as a state police crime-scene technician, Barth processed that crime scene.


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