(OLNEY) Congressman John Shimkus is accepting entries for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, a contest that’s open to high school students throughout the downstate 15th Congressional District. Mediums accepted includes paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, computer-generated art, and mixed media. Entry forms and a full list of guidelines are available online at www.shimkus.house.gov/art. The winning entry will be chosen by a panel from within the Congressional District and the winner’s work will also be displayed on the Congressman’s website and Facebook page, plus the winning artist is then invited to participate in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The entry deadline is this Friday, May 4.
(NEWTON) It’s been announced that the 2018 Jasper County Fair, scheduled for June 25 through July 1, on the fairgrounds in Newton, will have a couple of new shows scheduled for visitors. The Lil Monster Truck Showdown is entertainment for the entire family featuring mini monster trucks and the added Rodeo event will be offering broncs, bulls, barrel racing, and calf roping. Meanwhile, the traditional fair events will also be offered, including the Queen and Little Miss Pageants, the Talent Show, Flat Drags, Tractor Pulls, Demo Derby, and afternoon Horse Racing, with all taking center stage on separate days as in the past. Youth Livestock Shows and 4-H Shows will also be highlighted during the Jasper County Fair, plus the popular Carnival Rides and Games and during Chamber of Commerce Day, singer/entertainer Allie Colleen will be featured prior to fireworks that night. This year’s admission will be a one price gate admission of $5 or advance purchase of 6 for $20 will allow for all carnival rides every night. The public can check out the Facebook page at Jasper County Fair Newton, Illinois and the fair’s future website for a more detailed schedule of all the events happening during the Jasper County Fair, June 25 through July 1, in Newton.
(OLNEY) The Richland County Little Miss Pageant is now accepting entries for the 2018 Pageant, which will be held during the Richland County Fair on Monday night, July 9th, 2018. Applicants must be at least four (4) years of age as of January 1st, 2018, but cannot be older than six (6) years of age by June 30th, 2018. The first twelve (12) applicants will be selected and organizers ask that past participants do not run for a second time. All entries must be postmarked by May 12th, 2018. Please send a postcard with the participant’s full name, birth date, t-shirt size, parent’s names, address, and phone number to : RCFA – Little Miss Pageant, c/o Malory or Jessica, P.O. Box 579, Olney, Illinois, 62450.
(OLNEY) The City of Olney is reminding all citizens and business owners that the City’s Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person to place leaves, grass, garbage, or other debris in any drainage ditch, opening to the storm sewer, or in any public street. This includes blowing grass onto the streets while mowing. This portion of City Code provides provisions for violators to be fined not less than $75 for each offense, nor more than $750 for each offense. A simple reminder from the City of Olney this spring.
(OLNEY) An informational meeting for this year’s Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, May 6, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Olney, beginning at 2:00. It’s for Richland County young ladies, ages 16 to 21, with a parent or guardian asked to attend as well. The 2018 Miss Richland County Fair Queen Pageant will be held on Monday night, July 9th, during the Richland County Fair. For more information, visit the Queen Pageant’s Facebook page online.
(OLNEY) The Richland County Fair “Spring Crash” Demolition Derby is this coming Saturday night, May 5, starting at 7:00. There will be four different classes available with an entry fee of $20 per vehicle. It’s for the first 60 cars or trucks only. The pit gate opens at 4:00 and closes at 6:00, with a drivers meeting set for 6:30. Concessions will be available and general admission tickets will be on sale at the gate. To view the rules for each class and for more information, go online at www.richlandcountyfair.org.
(OLNEY/NEWTON) With an American Red Cross “urgent call” in place for all eligible blood donors to get out and give blood, here’s some upcoming blood drives : both today and Thursday, at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham, from 12:15 to 6:45 (both days) : Friday at the Blood Donation Center in Effingham from 7:45 to 2:15 : all blood types and platelets very much needed to help replenish the extremely low area and Midwestern blood supplies.
The “Step Up For Down Syndrome with Sophie Finn” 5K Run/Walk is Saturday morning, May 5, at Peterson Park in Newton. All ages are invited. It’s sign up at 8:00 with the 5K Run/Walk to start at 9:00.
The 18th annual Noble MayFest is this coming Saturday, May 5, in the Noble Village Park. The car show registration is from 9:00 to 12:00 noon with a $10 fee per vehicle. There will be four special awards presented at the White Squirrel Cruisers event with judging from 1:00 to 2:00 and awards at 3:00. For more, logon at www.whitesquirrelcruisers.com. The Village would like to remind the community that N. Noble Ave. (between Poplars St. & Elm St) will be closed during the time of the car show.
TrustBank will host its annual Lawn & Garden Show this Saturday, May 5, from 9:00 to 2:00, at 500 East Main Street, in downtown Olney. Free hot dogs and soda will be served starting at 11:00, plus a Bake Sale from 9:00 until sold out will have all proceeds going to the local Shelter Friends.
The Calvary Baptist Church in Olney will have a Pork Burger Cookout this Saturday, May 5, at Rural King in Olney, with serving from 10:00 to 2:00. All proceeds raised is for a mission trip later this year in September to Ontario, Canada. All are invited out to help out.
The Olney Central College Science Club will hold its annual “Plant Sale” this Wednesday, May 2, from 11:00 to 2:00, in the hallway, just outside the Student Services Office at OCC. A variety of organically grown herbs, flowers, and vegetables will be available. All proceeds go right back to the Science Club.
It’s the annual Shriners Vidalia Sweet Onion sales this Saturday, May 5th on the square in Newton from 7am-5pm. Just $10 for 10lbs Proceeds go to Shriners Hospital.