August 19, 2022

Calendar: Nature in Your Neighborhood

GALESBURG, Ill. — The program Nature in Your Neighborhood will be from 10 a.m. to noon July 2 at Kiwanis Park, 2191 E. Knox St., Galesburg.

The program will explore, observe and discover new and amazing places in your own neighborhood. This free program is open to all ages and registration is not required.

The program is presented by Galesburg Parks and Recreation, Illinois Extension, Knox County Farm Bureau, Ms. Mariposa Butterfly Resource Bus, and Tina’s Bontanicals.

Future Nature in Your Neighborhood programs will be July 21 at H.T. Custer Park, Aug. 6 at Debbie Klapp Park, Aug. 18 at Rogers Park, Sept. 10 at Lakeside Nature Center, and Sept. 24 at Inbinder Park.

For more information, contact Wendy Ferguson, Extension horticulture program coordinator for Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren counties, at

Help Desk

CLINTON, Ill. — Get garden tips and have your gardening questions answered at the DeWitt Master Gardener Help Desk, 10 a.m. to noon July 2 at the Vespasian Warner Public Library, 310 N. Quincy St., Clinton.

Future Help Desk hours will be 3 to 5 p.m. July 14, 10 a.m. to noon July 30, and 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 11.

For more information, call Beth Miglin at 217-762-2191.

Owen County 4-H Fair

SPENCER, Ind. — Owen County 4-H Fair, July 2-9, 364 S. East St., Spencer;; 812-322-4322.

Scott County Fair

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — Scott County Fair, July 3-9, South U.S. Hwy 31, Scottsburg;; 812-595-2451.

McDonough County Fair

MACOMB, Ill. — McDonough County Fair, July 5-9, 3028 W. Jackson St., Macomb; 309-836-8508.

Moultrie-Douglas County Fair

ARTHUR, Ill. — Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, July 5-9, 220 Jurgens Pkwy., Arthur;; 217-840-7873.

Morgan County Fair

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Morgan County Fair, July 5-10, 110 N. Westgate Ave., Jacksonville;; 217-245-6800.

Franklin County Fair

INA, Ill. — Franklin County Fair, July 7-14, 486 N. Ken Gray Pkwy., Ina;; 618-439-3178.

Book to Barn

SPENCER, Ind. — The Book to Barn program for 3- to 5-year-olds will be from 5 to 6 p.m. ET July 5 and 7 in the Exhibit Hall at the Owen County Fairgrounds, 364 S. East St., Spencer.

In addition to story times, participants will make crafts, play games and meet the featured animal of the day. They will receive a book and a bag to take home with them.

Reserve your child’s spot by calling 812-829-5020.

YQCA training

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training will be from 3 to 4 p.m. ET July 6 at the Fountain County Fairgrounds, 476 US Hwy 136, Veedersburg.

YQCA is an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth ages 8-21 producing or showing beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, and poultry. If you are planning to show at the county or state level, you are required to have this training.

If you have taken the class already in 2022, you can upload your certificate to the website. If you haven’t taken the class since 2021, you will need to retake it this year.

For more information, visit Contact Adam Tyler at 765-793-6240 or email

Help Desk

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Problems with your yard or garden? Are pests or weeds concerning you? Get answers to your questions at the Christian County Master Gardener Help Desk from 9 to 11 a.m. July 7 at the Christian County Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.

Bring your questions and any samples you have. Samples should be enclosed in a plastic bag or container and should be fresh to obtain a good diagnosis.

Randolph County Fair

SPARTA, Ill.— Randolph County Fair, July 8-12, 506 W. Belmont, Sparta; 618-443-2916.

Fayette County Fair

BROWNSTOWN, Ill. — Fayette County Fair, July 8-13, 386 W. Cumberland Road, Brownstown;; 618-553-5419.

Parke County Fair

ROCKVILLE, Ind. — Parke County Fair, July 8-15, 1472 N U.S. 41, Rockville;; 765-569-3176.

Home Canning

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Learn the basics of safe home canning at Preserve It Now, Enjoy It Later, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET July 8 at Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road, Columbus.

Included will be lectures on pressure canning and boiling water canning by Purdue Extension instructors, hands-on practice, and a take-home product.

Cost is $50. Register at

Porkchop BBQ

MORRISON, Ill. — Whiteside County 4-H Federation Porkchop BBQ will be from 5 to 7 p.m. July 8 at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison.

Meal includes pork chop, baked beans, applesauce, chips, cookie and a water. One-chop meal is $8 and two-chop meal is $10. Pre-order at or call Allie at 815-632-3611.

Hemp Research Open House

URBANA, Ill. — The 2022 Hemp Research Open House will be from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 and 9 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Fruit Farm, 2711 S. Race St., Urbana.

The opportunities with hemp production continue to grow in Illinois. Activities at this year’s open house include: Breeding nursery, variety and agronomic trials, grow tents and lighting systems for small-scale production, and pruning and cloning demonstrations.