May 28, 2023

Calendar: Washington County hosts Sheep Show

SALEM, Ind. — The Washington County Sheep Association and Washington County Fair Board are hosting an Open Sheep Show June 4 at the Washington County Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion, 118 Fair St., Salem, Ind.

There will be classes for Market Lambs, Breeding Ewes, Rams and Showmanship. Sheep may start arriving at 8 a.m. ET. Weigh-in will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with showmanship classes starting at 12:30 p.m. Market classes start 30 minutes after showmanship. For rules or more information, visit, or call the Washington County Extension office at 812-883-4601.

The Sheep Association will be selling lamb concessions along with chips and drinks beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. or the end of the show. Cinnamon rolls and drinks will be available for breakfast. The 4-H Shooting Sports Club will also be selling ice cream.

Happy Hour Hike

URBANA, Ill. — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and Champaign County Climate Coalition will host a Happy Hour Hike from 5 to 6 p.m. May 27 at the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Meet at the northwest corner of the Walmart parking lot, 100 S. High Cross Road, Urbana, Ill.

After the hike, participants are invited to head over to Green Drinks at Riggs, 1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana, for a program about growing native plants in the home landscape with the owners of Well-Fed Caterpillar.

For more information, visit the Champaign County Climate Coalition Facebook Page, or contact Amanda at or 217-333-7672.

Happy Hour Hikes are from 5 to 6 p.m. on the final Friday of the month at local natural areas. These meet-ups are designed to be low-key opportunities to enjoy a walk and talk with conservation-minded folks. Whether you are just getting curious about our local environment or it is your full-time job, anyone is welcome to join. You will be in the company of others who enjoy sustainability and climate-related activities and conversation.

Spring Pasture Walk

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois Spring Pasture Walk will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 28 at the Southern Illinois University Equine Center, 2194 Union Hill Road, Carbondale, Ill.

Speakers will include Southern Illinois University Equine Center Manager Samantha Wuest, Southern Illinois University Associate Professor of Weed Science & Plant Biology Karla Gage, and University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator Teresa Steckler.

Learn about pasture management, animal health and care, insect repellent recommendations, and identifying and controlling common pasture weeds. Also discussed will be some of the differences and challenges of pasturing horses compared to other livestock. This event will be held outdoors. Dress accordingly and bring items to make yourself comfortable (folding chair, hat, sunscreen). Water will be provided.

Register at

Greene County Fair

CARROLLTON, Ill. — The Greene County Agricultural Fair will be May 31 to June 4 at the fairgrounds, 123 N. Route 108, Carrollton, Ill. For information, visit or call 217-942-3094.

Entomology Workshop

EUREKA, Ill. — Learn how to collect and identify Illinois insects and how to mount and build an insect collection at an Entomology Workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 31 at the Woodford County Extension office, 109 E. Eureka Ave., Eureka, Ill.

Cost is $15. Register at

All About Berries

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — The program All About Berries will be from 2 to 3 p.m. May 31 at the Jersey County Extension office, 201 W. Exchange St., Jerseyville, Ill.

The free program will cover pests and diseases that are commonly encountered in berry plants and how to identify and manage them. Register at

Junior Master Gardeners

PERU, Ind. — The Miami County Junior Master Gardener Summer Program will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET June 1-3, June 6-7, and July 18-22 at the Miami County Fairgrounds, 1029 W 200 N, Peru, Ind.

Fourth- through sixth-graders will learn about soil health, plant parts, nutrients, and how fresh produce plays an important role in healthy living. At the end of the program, your student will be a Nationally Certified Junior Master Gardener.

Register at

Youth Garden Camp

FRANKLIN, Ind. — The Franklin County Youth Garden Camp for youths ages 8 to 12 will be from 9 a.m. to noon ET Thursdays, June 2-July 21 at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive, Franklin, Ind.

Cost is $100 per camper, and includes a T-shirt, snacks and supplies.

For more information or to register, contact Sarah Hanson at, or 317-736-3724.

Pasture Management

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — The program Management of Pastures and Forages will be from 6 to 8 p.m. ET June 2 at the Putnam County 4-H Fairgrounds, 191 N US Hwy 231 N, Greencastle, Ind.

The program will include information about toxic plants in your pasture, and how to evaluate your pasture and forage fields to determine if they need to be renovated.

Register by calling 765-653-8411.

Macon County Fair

DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Fair will be June 2-5 at the fairgrounds, 3700 N. Westlawn Ave., Decatur, Ill. For information, visit, email or call 217-875-0135.

Credit Scores Revealed

Credit scores will be the topic of the online Let’s Talk Money program at 6:30 p.m. June 2. The workshop will cover credit scores, credit reports, and credit history.

Register online at

Farm Safety Day

LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Farm Safety Day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 1377 S. Main St., Lewistown, Ill.

Topics will include safety information about fire, weather, outdoor survival, equipment, animal safety, firearm/hunting safety, and bike/skateboarding.

The grand finale will feature the Army Corps of Engineers with Bobber the Water Dog.

The free program is for youth ages 6 and older. Parent or adult chaperones are encouraged to attend. Lunch and water will provided, thanks to the generosity of Fulton and Mason Farm Bureaus. Youths will receive a free gift at the conclusion of the event.

Register at For more information, contact Krista Gray, Fulton 4-H program coordinator, at, or 309-547-3711.

Nature Camp

RISING SUN, Ind. — Nature Camp for third- through sixth-graders will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET June 3 at the Ohio County Extension office, 412 Main St., Rising Sun, Ind.

Cost is $20; free for current 4-H members. Register by calling the Extension Office at 812-438-3656.


STRONGHURST, Ill. — The Henderson County 4-H BBQ will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 4 at the Henderson County Fairgrounds, 122 E .Jones St., Stronghurst, Ill.

Take a night off from cooking and support 4-H youth. Dine in or carry out a delicious pork chop sandwich, potato salad or potato chips, baked beans, applesauce, dessert, and a drink.

Tickets are available in advance for a donation through your neighborhood 4-H member. You may also purchase them at the event.

Plant Sale

CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Macoupin County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at the Macoupin County Historical Society, 920 W. Breckenridge St., Carlinville, Ill.

Shop for perennials, herbs, native plants, hardware and more while supporting the programs of the Macoupin County master gardeners. Master gardener volunteers will help you select the best plants for your garden conditions.

Butterfly Festival

PONTIAC, Ill. — The Butterfly Festival will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 4 at Block 59, 116 N. Mill St. #59, Pontiac, Ill.

Information and activities at the free outdoor educational event for all ages will include pollinator pocket, milkweeds, pollinator trivia, seed balls, FAN-tastic butterfly making, life-cycle bracelet, and butterfly yoga.

Nature in Your Neighborhood

GALESBURG, Ill. — Nature in Your Neighborhood will be from 10 a.m. to noon June 4 at O.N. Custer Park, 1235 E. Losey St., Galesburg, Ill.

This free program is open to all ages and presented by Galesburg Parks and Recreation, Illinois Extension, Knox County Farm Bureau, Ms. Mariposa Butterfly Resource Bus, and Tina’s Bontanicals.

For more information, contact Wendy Ferguson, horticulture program coordinator for Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren counties, at, or 309-342-5108.