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Last Area County Fair Starts This Week – Winnebago County Fair August 12 – 17 at Pecatonica, Illinois

IMG_3332.JPGSome of the fair events:

Tuesday, August 12
Motocross 6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 13
Rodeo 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 14
Semi-Tractor Pulls 6:30 pm

Friday, August 15
Farmer’s Class Tractor Pulls 1:00 pm

Friday, August 15
Badger State Tractor Pulls 6:30 pm

Saturday, August 16
Jamie Campbell & the Redneck Romeos 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 16
Gracia Harrison – season 3 of “The Voice”
7:00 pm

Sunday, August 17
Demo Derby
1:00 pm

For a full schedule of events go to

Annual Carroll County Fair Next Week at Schell Park in Milledgeville, Illinois with Country Music Artist, Tracy Lawrence

The fair began on Tuesday, August 5 and runs through Saturday, August 9, and some the events are listed below.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Illinois State Truck Pull and Tri County Pullers (Mini Rods) at 7:00 pm, free grandstand.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Tractor Parade at 6:00 pm and Badger State Tractor Pull at 6:30 pm, free grandstand.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 – Ag Olympics at 4:30 pm and Funky Munky Wrestling 7:30 pm, free grandstand.

Friday, August 8, 2014 – Country music artist, Tracy Lawrence, at 8:30 pm opening with Rout 38 at 7:00 pm. Reserved grandstand seats – $10.00. Track seating (bring your own chair) – $15.00.
See more on Tracy Lawrence at

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – Demolition Derby and new this year, Kids Power Wheel Derby.
Reserved Grandstand seats – $10.00.

For more fair information go to

If You Like Country – Enjoy Music on Chicago in Downtown Freeport, Illinois on Friday, July 18 – Featuring Jamie Campbell & The Redneck Romeos

20140716-081011-29411661.jpg5:30 to 11 pm on Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street in downtown Freeport. Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden, plus an open air market on Chicago between Stephenson and Exchange from 4 pm to dusk the same night. This concert features “Country in Chicago” with The Eugene Smiles Project at 6:00 pm and Jamie Campbell & The Redneck Romeos at 8:00 pm.

For more info on the Romeos and for info on the Smiles Project go to

Lest We Forget Memorial Day – Monday May 26

The Flower of Remembrance

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Don’t Miss Rabbit Hole at Winneshiek Theatre March 1 and 6 – 8 Directed by Tom Myers

Rabbit Hole will be presented at the Winneshiek Theatere at 7:30 pm on March 1, 6, 7, and 8. Winneshiek is the nation’s oldest continuous amateur theatre located at 228 W. Clark, Freeport, Illinois.
Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay Abaire which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
If you wish to read summary of the plot, go to

For more information and tickets go to

Northwest Illinois Has Plenty of Snow – Lots of Good Winter Activities


Winter activities in the Freeport Parks include ice skating, ice hockey, sledding, and cross Country skiing. The ice skating and hockey are Read Park while the sledding is at Krape Park.
At Oakdale you can enjoy cross-country skiing, and if you don’t have skis (or snowshoes), you can rent them for the weekend at the Park District main office in Read Park. Go to the Park District website for details at and look under programs, winter activities.

And don’t forget snowmobiling –

There are over 300 miles of marked trails for snowmobiling in Northwest Illinois, including on the Jane Addams Trail between Freeport and Wisconsin. Detailed trail maps are available at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. Call 800.369.2955 for snowmobile conditions.

Looks Like Another Cold and Snowy Weekend, But Here Are Some Good Events to Enjoy!


Freeport Community Luminaria Night – On Sunday, December 15 enjoy the beauty of Freeport’s Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard on Luminaria Night. Residents of the neighborhood around FHN Memorial Hospital decorate their sidewalks with luminaria to celebrate the season.

Community Festival of Trees – At the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. This event brings non-profit organizations together to decorate trees and compete for cash prizes. A panel of judges will award prizes in a number of categories, and you can vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice competition. The trees will be on display unit January 2.

William R. Bear Men’s Basketball Tournament – December 13 – 14 at Highland Community College Sports Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. Friday: 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm; Saturday: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm. Eight team Junior College men’s basketball tournament including: Harper, Iowa Central, Black Hawk East, Malcolm X, Midwest Elite Prep, Olney, Sauk Valley. Admission $5 815.599.3465

McConnell Cookie Walk and Santa Visit – 12 – 4 pm on December 14 at the McConnell Area Historical Society, 202 E. Main Street, McConnell. Select from a large assortment of homemade holiday cookies and other baked goods for Christmas gift giving. Santa will be there from 2 pm to 4 pm. Browse the museum decorated for the season. 815.821.2428

As Part of FHN’S Festival of Trees – more musical events this week

HCC Youth Choir to Perform on Monday, December 9 – There will be a special free performance by the HCC Youth Choir at the Freeport Public Library. Join them at 5:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library for some lovely holiday music and cheer.

Singin’ at the King – This event will bring school choruses from across northwest Illinois together for a night of music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 at the King Community Campus, 511 S. Liberty Avenue, Freeport. The suggested admission price is one canned good or other food item for the FACC food pantry per person. (Santa will be there, too, so make sure the kids have their list ready!)