Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Manhattan Fun Days Parade Saturday, September 4 at 12:00 p.m.

UPDATE!: 2012 Parade and Fun Days Info

The Manhattan Fun Days Parade will take place this Saturday, September 4, 2010 at noon.The theme of the parade is: "Take Me Out to Manhattan."  The Fun Days Parade is also known as the "Labor Day Parade" although this year it will be celebrated on the 4th rather than on the actual holiday.

The parade will go down State Street, Route 52 through Downtown Manhattan, Illinois.

According to his website, Adam Kinzinger--Republican Candidate for the 11th Congressional seat currently held by Debbie Halvorson--will be at the Parade.  With the 2010 election just around the corner, there are sure to be many other politicians and candidates at the parade. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Will County Fair Continues Through the Weekend


The Will County Fair continues through the weekend in Peotone, Illinois.  Friday is Green Party Day, Saturday is Democrat Day and Sunday is Republican Day.  The Fair offers daily carnival rides, food, Bingo, agricultural exhibits, fine art exhibits, and fruit and vegetable exhibits.

Photos taken at the 2010 Will County Fair:

Floral Exhibit at the Will County Fair



Apple Entries at the Will County Fair



Apple Displays at the Will County Fair



Assorted Fruit at the Will County Fair



Poultry at the Will County Fair



Goats at the Will County Fair



First, Second, and Third Place Corn at the Will County Fair




Dairy Cows at the Will County Fair

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Eagle Wind Solar Power, locally-owned small business at Will County Fair

Eagle Wind Solar Power at the Will County Fair


Eagle Wind Solar Power was at the Will County Fair reaching out to citizens who may be interested in learning more about solar and wind power.  Eagle Wind Solar Power is a business based in Pembroke Township in Kankakee County that builds and installs wind turbines, such as the one seen below, and also installs solar panels and does home energy assessments.



Wind turbine at Eagle Wind Solar Power's display at the Will County Fair.

Debbie Michniak, co-owner of Eagle Wind Solar Power along with Richard Michniak and Tony Perry--said her company currently is seeking grants and other funding opportunities in order to expand.  "Lisa Dugan and Toi Hutchinson have been trying to help us," Michniak said.

Eagle Wind Solar Power is currently employing students from St. Anne and Kankakee High School through the "Put Illinois to Work" program.  Michniak said the students are learning valuable skills, such as, "how to cut fins for wind turbines, how to install turbines and solar panels, how to provide customer service and how to go to customers' homes and do home analysis of the customers' energy needs."    Michniak said they do not want to have to let the students go, but, "we need the funds to keep the kids employed."

Michniak said her company's main goal is to educate interested citizens about wind and solar energy and provide a way for people to "become energy independent and be their own ComEd."

Michniak and her partners are searching for more funds in order to both expand their current business and also expand to making their own solar panels.  Despite challenges raising funds, she said, "We're going to just keep persevering, the kids are so eager to learn."

Farming, Food, and Fun at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois


The Will County Fair began today in Peotone, Illinois.  Here are some photos of activities at the Fair.   The Fair offers daily agricultural exhibits and livestock judging.  There is a variety of food available, including locally raised produce by Wind 'N Oaks Farm.  There are also carnival rides, games, and an air-conditioned commercial building where local businesses and politicians set up shop.




The Will County Farm Bureau's Hands-on Dairy Exhibit offers facts about dairy cattle and milk production



Goats eat hay at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois



Floral Exhibits at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois



Award-winning corn at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois



Photography projects by local citizens at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois



First place pumpkin at the Will County Fair



Lego farming display by a youth participant at the Will County Fair



First place wheat at the Will County Fair



Will County Farm Bureau Display highlights many of the Farm Bureau's Programs and Activities



Will County Farm Bureau Tent at the Will County Fair




Sheep at the Will County Fair



Junior division Lego display.  Very cool Lego creation of the Will County Fair!



Wind 'n Oaks Farm offers Fresh, Locally Produced Vegetables at the Will County Fair


Headed to the Will County Fair but not a big fan of "fair food"?  Fear not!  Wind 'N Oaks Farm has a booth at the Will County Fair selling fresh, locally produced produce at very reasonable prices!  

Wind 'N Oaks Farm is selling tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, onions, squash, and mushrooms at the Will County Fair.  Based in Wilton Center, Illinois, Wind 'N Oaks Farm is a locally-owned business in its second year selling at the Will County Fair.  

Throughout the year, you can also purchase from Wind 'N Oaks at their farm in Wilton Center, Illinois.  Wind 'N Oaks is locally owned by John Moore, and provides locally grown vegetables year round.

Check out photos of the beautiful produce available from Wind 'N Oaks at the Will County Fair:



Tomatoes, Peppers, and Mushrooms for sale at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois


Watermelon slices for sale at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois


Menu of Locally Grown Food Available at Wind 'N Oaks Farmstead at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois 


Ice Cold Watermelon slices are sure to be a hit when the temperature rises at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois

Fresh, Locally Grown Produce for sale at the Wind 'N Oaks Farm Stand at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois

Schedule of Events for the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois

Editor's note: This is for the 2010 fair; go here for ------>info on the 2011 Will County Fair

The Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois opens today at 10 a.m.

The Will County Fair Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, August 25th "Family Day"
10:00 am: Fair Opens to Public - $4.00 Gate Admission Per Person, Children under 10 FREE
NoonCarnival opens - All Rides $1.50 ea. or 16 for $20.00. www.luehrs.com for coupons


Thursday, August 26th: "Senior Citizens' Day"
8:00 amFair Opens to Public - Senior Citizens $2.00 Gate Admission per Person (All Day and Evening) $4.00 Gate Admission per Person, Children under 10 FREE
1:00-5:00 pm:Carnival opens - "Dollar Afternoon Special" All rides $1.50 each from 1 - 5 pm. www.luehrs.com for coupons
5:00-11:00 pm: "Ride-A-Thon Night" - Ride any ride as often as you like - $18.00 per person
6:30I.T.P.A. Tractor and Truck Pull -- Grandstand Admission $7.00 - Pit Passes inside track, Age 16 & Over - $10.00 per Person


Friday, August 27th: "Green Party Day"
8:00 am: Fair Opens to Public - $4.00 Gate Admission per Person, Children under 10 Free
7:30 pm: Nationwide Demolition Derby -- Grandstand Admission $8.00


Saturday, August 28th "Democrate Day"
8:00 am: Fair Opens to Public - $4.00 Gate Admission per Person, Children under 10 Free
5:30 pm: Will County 4-H Livestock Auction held in the Livestock Show Ring
7:30 pm: Nationwide Demolition Derby -- Grandstand Admission $8.00


Sunday, August 29th "Republican Day"
8:00 am: Fair Opens to Public - $4.00 Gate Admission per Person, Children under 10 Free
1:30 pm: Baby Show
2:00 pm: Rodeo, $8.00
8:00: Main Exhibit Building closes, Exhibitors should pick up entries from 8:30 to 9:30.
8:00: Release of Commercial Exhibits


The Commercial Building will be open every day of the fair.  The commercial building is air-conditioned and houses tables where local businesses set-up displays and information.  Local politicians running for office in 2010 will also set-up shop in the commercial building.


The main Will County Fair exhibit building, shown below, houses the Fine Arts, Baking, Grain, and Vegetable exhibits.  The building is open daily--closing at 10 pm, I believe--and is a great place to see the best grain, pies, vegetables and home-made preserves Will County has to offer.  There are also several historical categories, such as the oldest book and the oldest Family Bible.  Walking into the Will County Fair exhibit building is like stepping back in time, be sure to check it out!


Exhibit hall at Will County Fair




Exhibit Hall at the Will County Fair



Floral Exhibit at the Will County Fair





Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Will County Fair


Pictures from the 2009 Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois:

The Will County Fair Midway features traditional fair carnival rides, games, and food.



To many kids visiting the fair, spotting the Ferris Wheel at the Will County Fair signals the start of another school year.



The Will County Fair Large Animal Show also includes the Will County 4-H Livestock Show.  Local 4-H Members raise market animals such as beef cattle and hogs, then show the animals, which are judged on criteria such as how the animal would be graded for meat.



The Will County 4-H Livestock Auction will take place the Saturday of the Will County Fair at 5:30.  Local businesses, politicians, and individuals buy animals raised by Will County 4-H Members.



The Will County Fair features many vendors selling traditional county fair food, such as the taffy shown here.



The Will County Fair Exhibition Hall houses the Fair's Fine Arts, Vegetable, and Crop Departments.  For example, in the fine arts category, exhibitors present items in categories such as: horticulture, photography, and textiles.  There are also categories for baked goods such as breads and cakes.



Inside the Exhibition Hall at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois.



Horticultural exhibit at the Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois


Award-winning baked goods at the Will County Fair.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Manhattan Park District's "Manhattan Days of Old" at Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm


August 22, 2010 
Manhattan, Illinois

On a beautiful August day, history came alive at the Manhattan Park District Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.  The Manhattan Park District's "Manhattan Days of Old" event featured a group of Civil War Reenactors who brought history alive through their dress, music, and educational demonstrations.  

The Sleepers Base Ball Club of Lockport--an educational program of The Gaylord Building, an historic site of the National Trust of Historic Preservation--played the Ganymedes Base Ball Club of Oregon in a base ball game following national baseball rules adopted in March of 1858.

Photos of "Manhattan Days of Old"


Members of a Civil War Reenactment Group play period music at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

Civil War reenactors explain how the cannon was used at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.



View of the Civil War Reenactor's Camp at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

Photo of activities at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

Photographic Artist Steven Ingram takes an authentic 19th Century Wet Plate Collodion Photograph at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

Smoke lingers after the cannons were fired at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

Civil War Reenactors discuss the use of the cannon during the Civil War at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

The Sleepers Base Ball Club of Lockport prepares to take on the Ganymedes Base Ball Club of Oregon at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

The umpire prepares to ump the game at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.

Some of the musical instruments and cases used by the Civil War Reenactors at the Manhattan Park District "Days of Old" at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park.


Steve Ingram demonstrates the wet plate collodion process to make a tintype photograph at the Manhattan Park District's "Manhattan Days of Old" event at the Baker-Koren Round Barn Farm Park: