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Weekend Activities at the Iroquois County Fair

The 41st Annual Talent Show is among the events at the Iroquois County Agricultural & 4-H Club Fair at Crescent City.  The Talent Show is featured Friday night at the 4-H Center   A Junior and Senior division is featured, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Saturday’s events include the Western Horse & Pony Show.  The Costume Goat Lead is at the Show Barn at 4 pm.  The Dog Agility Judging & demo is from 6-8 pm at the Show Barn.

Saturday’s grandstand show is the Figure 8 Derby.

Ronald McDonald also visits at the 4-H Center at 1 pm.

Sunday’s schedule also includes the Horse & Pony Show at 9 am.  An all-faith Church Service  is at 9:30 am at the 4-H Center.  The Tractor Pull is at 1 pm with the ITPA Tractor Pull & semi Pull at 5:30 pm.

The Costume Sheep Lead is at 4 pm at the Show Barn.

Monday’s finale is the 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale at 1:30 pm.

More info is online at www.iroquoiscofair.com

 

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Birkey's Farm Store Acquires New Dealership

RANTOUL — Birkey's Farm Store has acquired an agricultural equipment dealership in north central Illinois, bringing the company's total number of stores to 12.

Birkey's, a Case IH dealer, signed an agreement with brothers Bill Read, Bob Read and Jerry Read to acquire Read Bros. Inc. in Henry, a town between Peoria and La Salle-Peru.

The store will close on Friday, Aug. 10, and then reopen on Monday, Aug. 13, as a Birkey's store.

"It's a nice strategic move for us," said CEO Ron Birkey. Henry is located in the middle of Birkey's sales territory and the store will be one of the largest ones.

Jerry Read will continue to be involved in the business as a lead salesman, Birkey said.

Read Bros., originally an International Harvester dealership, has been in business since 1957 and was founded by Francis Read and his brother, Edgar Read.

Birkey's was founded in 1954 in Fisher and has locations in Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Hoopeston, Macomb, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown and Urbana. There also is a store in Williamsport, Ind.

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Illinois unemployment rate rises in June

CHICAGO — The unemployment rate across Illinois increased slightly in June, ending nine straight months of decreases.

In its monthly report on statewide unemployment Thursday, the state Department of Employment Security said the jobless rate rose a tenth of a percentage point to 8.7 percent. The national unemployment rate put out by the U.S. Department of Labor held steady at 8.2 percent in June.

In Illinois, the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost a net 4,900 jobs.

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Attorneys for George Ryan before Appeals Court

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan are going before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to contest his conviction on several corruption charges.

Ryan's lawyers will begin their arguments Friday.

The U.S. Supreme Court in April ordered the appeals court to revisit Ryan's arguments to overturn his conviction. Last year, the lower court rejected arguments that the 2006 convictions should be tossed because prosecutors never proved Ryan took a bribe.

The high court took issue with how that court reached its decision. In upholding Ryan's convictions, the court concluded defense attorneys didn't make a timely objection to jury instructions about 'honest services' laws

The 78-year-old Ryan is nearing the end of a 6 1/2-year sentence. He is due to be released from a federal prison in mid-2013.

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All Roads Lead to the Iroquois County Fair

                      Slow Boys Tractor & Engine Club

CRESCENT CITY --  The mission is pretty simple:  just let people know about the history that surrounds the  Iroquois County Fair.

It’s actually the 4-H and Agricultural Iroquois County Fair.  And the farming community wants the public to know it supports the fair and what the Iroquois County area is all about.

The “Slow Boys Tractor and Engine Club” paraded their vintage equipment across the roads of Iroquois County (Wednesday), heading out to the Crescent City fairgrounds to kick-off this year’s week at the fair.

WGFA’s Carl Gerdovich visited with Art Downs at the long line of tractor operators just outside the radio station studio……….            

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