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The 2021 Iroquois County Agriculture and Livestock Fair will take place from Tuesday July 13 through Sunday July 18.
Tuesday kicks off with the 4-H food review. The day also includes the Cattle Moving Day with FFA Section shows, the official opening ceremony with the clubs presentation and will be followed by the Queen and the very first Little Miss pageant. The evening will be rounded off by fireworks.
Wednesday is a full day of 4-H cattle judging. There is also the Junior and Open Project of the Agriculture, Products, Culinary, Fine Arts, Floriculture and Kids Division, the 4-H Cat Show, Family Fun Night and a Talent Show.
Thursday includes the Junior Department Breeding Shows in Barns, General 4-H Projects, 4-H Canine Obedience and the Annual Demonstration Derby by On the Gas Promotions.
Friday is the Draft Horse Show, General 4-H Projects Judged by Clubs and the Master Showman Contest, Draft Horse Teams, Cattle Sale, 4-H Style Show, Open Style Show, the Latting Rodeo and a dance for teenagers in the 4-H Center.
Saturday includes: Barn Breeding Competitions, Annual Tractor Campaign, Illiana Rc Truck & Tractor Pull, Costume Goat Show & 4-H Dog Agility. At 8 pm, Jason Pritchett, top 5 finalist for “America’s Got Talent,” takes the stage for the evening’s entertainment.
There will be free entry to the fair on Sunday which includes the Open Horse Show, All-Faith Church Service with a Natural High, Grill Master Cook-Off Contest, Afternoon Tractor Pull, the Sheep Lead Costume class and the ITPA Pull Tractor.
A new area called the “Children’s Zone” will be located near the Trout-Steiner Children’s Zoo, north of the pigsties. Daily activities will consist of Touch a Vehicle, Wagon Basketball, Giant Tic Tac Toe and more.
• 12 p.m. to 9 p.m .: Open and junior exhibitions
• 12 p.m. to 8 p.m .: commercial buildings are open.
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday): Mahlah, the comforting dog, will welcome visitors to Happy Jack’s Gazebo.
• 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m .: Woodcarving demonstrations by Northern Exposure Chainsaw Carvings and Swyear Amusements will take place midway.
From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, Artists for Art will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 187 S. Indiana Ave., Kankakee. Benefiting the Merchant Street Art Gallery for Artists with Autism, the concert will feature performances by Carrying Torches, Moondogs, The Strips, The Mike Tomano Band, Burnin ‘Train, Basic Shaper and Little Daddy T-Smooth.
Admission is $ 15 per person or $ 50 for four tickets. For more information, call 815-685-9057. For more information on the gallery, visit Marchandstreetartgallery.org.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 10, the district of Bourbonnais Township Park will participate in Unplug Illinois, a statewide initiative to disconnect from electronics and connect with others.
“The idea of the event, and Unplug in general, is to get people to put down their phones and tablets and go out to the park to spend time together as a family,” said Sarah Winkel, deputy district director.
“It’s also to remind the community who we are and what we do, and we want people to remember what the park districts do and what we stand for.”
The event at Perry Farm will feature a variety of activities and demonstrations, and there will be a live radio show from Milner Media, which will be on-site with prizes. The morning will begin with a family walk at 9am, with simple exercises to do and motivational quotes to read.
At 9:30 am, all sports and activity stations open, including pickleball, small track and field, coloring contest, DIY kite table, fantasy playground, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.
At 9.45am, demonstrations will begin with Lemner’s Soo Bahk Do demonstration, followed by a Sound Bowl meditation at 10.15am. Story time begins at 10:20 a.m. and the event ends with a show at 11:15 a.m. by the Jesse White Tumblers, sponsored by Linman Family McDonald’s.
Squeals Showdown BBQ Contest
The Village of Herscher will host the sixth annual Squeals Showdown (formerly Squeals & Wheels) BBQ competition on July 10 on Main Street in downtown Herscher. Installation begins at 5:30 a.m. and the event runs throughout the day with the final judging of the competition at 5:00 p.m. There will be live music throughout the day and a wide variety of barbecues. More than 20 teams will participate in the competition.
On Monday at 5:30 p.m., the Healthy Communities Partnership’s Access to Health Action Team and the Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership are hosting a panel discussion on access to health care and insurance for Hispanic / Latin residents of Kankakee County aged 18 and over. The event will be held at 367 S. Schuyler Ave., Kankakee, and there will be dinner and a $ 20 gift card will be provided for participation. Registration is required and, for more information, visit bit.ly/july12 newsgroup.