Many of the usual activities and 4-H events will highlight the annual Iroquois County 4-H & Agricultural Fair, which runs from Wednesday, July 20, through Monday, July 25, at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City.
The fair’s volunteers are prepping the grounds for the 5-day run.
But the fairground is closed today (Monday) due to all the rain Sunday night. Parts of Iroquois County received more than 5 and six inches of rain, leaving roads and ditches flooded.
The queen pageant at 8 pm Wednesday has seven young ladies vying for the crown. (The pageant can be heard on 94.1 WGFA). The demolition derby at 7:30 pm Thursday, the talent show at 6:30 pm Friday, the C-Bar Rodeo at 7:30 pm Friday, the “Figure 8” demolition derby at 7:30 pm Saturdayand tractor and truck pulls at 12:30 and 6 pm Sunday, are among the list of usual events at the fair. There is a $5 admission fee for each of the events.
Also, Rinestone Roper will hold free performances at 2, 5 and 7 pm each day from Thursday through Saturday. Additional free shows are offered at 5 and 7 pm Wednesday and 2 and 5 pm Sunday.
Sunday includes the all-faith church service at the 4-H Center featuring music by A Natural High at 9:30 am.
Also, a horse and pony show is scheduled at 9 am Thursday. A 4-H dog obedience/conformation show is also set for 2 pm Thursday. Friday’s activities include a draft horse show and a 4-H and junior horse and pony show, both at 9 am, followed by another draft horses show at noon. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a Western horse and pony show at 9 am. The master showman contest is set for 5 pm Sunday.
The 4-H Clothing Revue is at 1:30 pm Friday.Ronald McDonald will make an appearance at 1 pm Saturday. Saturday’s food auction will be held at 3 pm in the 4-H Center.
The Ford-Iroquois Pork Producers will hold a cookoff contest Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. At the same time, a quilt show will be held in the 4-H Center.
The livestock sale will be held at 1:30 pm Monday.
The carnival will offer armband specials on Wednesday, allowing unlimited rides for a fee of $22 from 6 to 10 p.m. Also, Friday will be “Buck Night,” with rides costing $1 each. On Saturday, between 1 and 5 p.m., all rides are offered for one ticket or fewer. On Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be another armband special of $22.
Gate admission costs $7.50 per person for those age 6 and above. Special carload prices are offered from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday and Friday. Season passes cost $15.
Flooded roads reason for caution after 5-plus inches of rain
Motorists are urged to be aware of ponding and flooded routes this (Monday) morning. Flash flooding resulted after the Illiana area was hit with over five inches of rain in some communities. Rainfall amounts range from 1.6 to 6.5 (at Woodworth) in Iroquois County.
IDOT announced earlier Illinois Route 1 was closed from Watseka south to the Vermilion County line. The Route 1 viaduct at Milford was flooded.
Highway 1 south of Milford does have traffic moving again. The usual flooded roads in and near Milford are posing concern.
Motorists were cited for equipment violations and three arrests resulted during a safety compliance check in Watseka Friday evening.
Eleven traffic stops were made by officers. Watseka Police, in cooperation with the Gibson City Police Department K-9 unit, issued verbal warnings to drivers in non-compliance with safety. A search of three vehicles found the drivers to be in compliance.
Police also conducted walk-throughs at local taverns and found all operators to be in compliance with local and state laws.
One notable arrest was 25-year-old Clayton Stauffer. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.