August 19, 2022

Calendar: Heirloom vegetable gardens on display

DANVILLE, Ill. — Heirloom vegetable gardens will be on display at 6 p.m. July 19 at the Kennekuk County Park Bunker Hill Atwood House Garden, 22296 Henning Road, Danville.

Heirloom gardens hold the story of past generations. Seeds from flowers, herbs and vegetables were saved and passed along to family and friends. Over time, they became an important part of the culture, essential for recipes, family celebrations and even monetary value.

Along with traditional favorites like tomatoes and green beans, visitors also will find cotton and other unusual heirloom plants including some flowers. Varieties were carefully selected from an heirloom seed catalogue. Master gardeners will be on hand to give tours of the garden and answer questions.

Register for this free program by visiting or by calling the Vermilion County Extension office at 217-442-8615.

Carroll County Fair

FLORA, Ind.— Carroll County Fair, July 15-23, 102 N. Fourth St., Flora, Ind.;; 574-967-3538.

Clark County Fair

CHARLESTOWN, Ind.— Clark County Fair, July 15-23, 9608 IN-62, Charlestown, Ind.;; 812-256-4591.

Hamilton County Fair

MCLEANSBORO, Ill. — Hamilton County Fair, July 15-24, Route 14 West, McLeansboro;

Huntington County Fair

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington County Fair, July 15-29, 631 E. Taylor St., Huntington, Ind.;; 260-358-4826.

Massac County Youth Fair

METROPOLIS, Ill. — Massac County Youth Fair, July 15-23, 4476 Korte Road, Metropolis;; 618-524-4608.

Randolph County 4-H Fair

WINCHESTER, Ind. — Randolph County 4-H Fair, July 15-22, 1885 US-27, Winchester, Ind.; 765-584-2271.

Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair, July 15-23, 1406 Teal Road, Lafayette, Ind.; 765-474-0793.

Whitley County 4-H Fair

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind.— Whitley County 4-H Fair, July 15-21, 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City, Ind.;; 260-244-7615.

Bowmanville Garden Walk

CHICAGO — The Bowmanville Garden Walk will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 16. Visitors are encouraged to visit one of the two welcome centers to get a map of participating locations:

Green Space, 5386 N. Bowmanville Ave., Chicago.

• Gateway Gardens at the intersection of West Balmoral Avenue and North Ravenswood Avenue.

More than 20 gardens are included in the self-guided tour.

Suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit

Tomatoes from outer space

ST. CHARLES, Ill. — See inspirational garden ideas from 9 to 11 a.m. July 16 at the Kane County Master Gardener Idea Garden, 3480 IL-38, St. Charles.

This year’s features include:

• A tomato patch planted from seeds that have been in space.

• A Black Swallowtail butterfly host plant garden.

• Native plant plots for both sun and shade conditions.

• Fruit patches of goji berries, seaberries, rhubarb, and raspberries.

• Theme gardens: Tea, Victorian, and English cottage.

Follow the Idea Garden on Facebook at

Saturdays with a Master Gardener

STERLING, Ill. — Saturdays with a Master Gardener will be from 10 a.m. to noon July 16 at the Whiteside County Extension office, 12923 Lawrence Road, Sterling.

Need to add color and fragrance to your garden? Learn about the different varieties of lilies that will produce showy color and aromatic fragrance.

Register at

An Evening in the Garden

PALMER, Ill. — Enjoy an evening in the landscape and gardens of a local farmstead in central Illinois from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16. Debbie and Larry Weber are opening their farm at 733 N 965 East Road, Palmer, for visitors to see all the landscape projects they have done while living there for 45 years. They hope to spark imagination and show the public that anyone can get involved in gardening and make their own oasis in the backyards.

You will also have the opportunity to view local art created by Amanda Greive and Denise Blakeman and enjoy lemonade and produce from the gardens with homemade treats. You may also purchase raffle tickets to win custom Adirondack chairs; proceeds from the chairs will be donated to St. Jude’s.

This event is free but donations are appreciated. Register at

Ice Cream Contest

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The 32nd annual Hamilton County 4-H Council Homemade Ice Cream Contest will be at 6:30 p.m. ET July 16 east of the Show Arena at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

There will be categories for youths 18 and under and adults 19 and older. Register at

Boone County 4-H Fair

LEBANON, Ind. — Boone County 4-H Fair, July 16-22, 1300 100 S, Lebanon, Ind.;; 765-482-0750.

Clay County 4-H Fair

BRAZIL, Ind. — Clay County 4-H Fair, July 16-22, 6656 IN-59, Brazil, Ind.; 812-442-0571.

Jefferson County Youth Fair

INA, Ill. — Jefferson County Youth Fair, July 16-23, North Main St., Ina; 618-237-9867.

Posey County Fair

NEW HARMONY, Ind. — Posey County Fair, July 16-23, 111 Harmony Township Road, New Harmony, Ind.;

Sullivan County 4-H Fair

SULLIVAN, Ind. — Sullivan County 4-H Fair, July 16-23, 1301 E County Rd 75 N, Sullivan, Ind.;; 812-240-1784.

Union County 4-H Fair

LIBERTY, Ind. — Union County 4-H Fair, July 16-22, 411 Patriot Blvd., Liberty, Ind.;; 765-458-5055.

Wabash County Youth Exhibition

MT. CARMEL, Ill. — Wabash County Youth Exhibition, July 16-22, 15039 4-H Center Lane, Mt. Carmel; 618-262-5725.

Warren County Fair

ROSEVILLE, Ill. — Warren County Fair, July 16-23, 625 N. Chamberlain St., Roseville;;; 309-337-6738.

Wells County 4-H Fair

BLUFFTON, Ind. — Wells County 4-H Fair, July 16-21,1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton, Ind.; 260-824-6412.

Farmer Olympics

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The Farmer Olympics will be at 7:30 p.m. ET July 17 at the Tractor Pull Strip at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Register your six-member team at the Extension office during the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, starting July 14.

There are two age groups this year — ages 12 and under, and ages 13 and over — and prizes will be awarded to the winner in each age group.

A prize also will be awarded for the best team outfit.

For more information, visit

Clinton County Fair

CARLYLE. Ill. — Clinton County Fair, July 17-23, 1899 Methodist St., Carlyle;;; 618-594-4169.

Hendricks County 4-H Fair

DANVILLE, Ind. — Hendricks County 4-H Fair, July 17-23, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Ind.;; 317-718-6154.

Johnson County 4-H & Agricultural Fair

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Johnson County 4-H & Agricultural Fair, July 17-23, 250 Fairground St., Franklin, Ind.;; 317-738-3247.

Madison County 4-H Fair

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Madison County 4-H Fair, July 17-23, 501 South Park Ave., Alexandria, Ind.;

Shelby County 4-H & Jr. Fair

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. — Shelby County 4-H & Jr. Fair, July 17-21, 1361 IL-128, Shelbyville; 217-412-9378.

Color Me Green Fun Run

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The Color Me Green Fun Run will be at 11 a.m. ET July 18 at the Hamilton County 4‐H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Run or walk with your friends, get messy, and support Hamilton County 4-H. The 2022 Color Me Green Fun Run is sponsored by Breathe Easy Hamilton County and the Hamilton County 4-H Council, Inc.

The mile run is untimed and has no winners or prizes — it’s all done in the spirit of fun.

Check-in begins at 11 a.m. in front of the commercial tent and the run starts at 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person. Bring a canned good to registration to support the Pack the Pantries Initiative.

Register at the Purdue Extension Hamilton County office, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. The first 50 registered runners get a free T-shirt.

For more information, call 317‐776‐0854.

Nature Camp

CORYDON, Ind. — Nature Camp for third- through fifth-graders will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET July 19 and 20 at O’Bannon Woods, 7234 Old Forest Road, Corydon.

For more information and to register, call 812-738-4236.

Christian County Fair

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Christian County Fair, July 19-23, 1716 W. Spresser St., Taylorville;;; 217-824-3100.

Farmer City Fair

FARMER CITY, Ill.;— Farmer City Fair, July 19-23, 850 N. Grove St., Farmer City;

Heart of Illinois Fair

PEORIA, Ill. — Heart of Illinois Fair, July 19-23, 1601 W. Northmoor Road, Peoria;,; 309-691-6332.

Iroquois County Fair

WATSEKA, Ill. — Iroquois County Fair, Jul-19-24, 1390 E 2000 N Road, Watseka;; 815-383-8941 or 815-683-2359.

Menard County Fair

PETERSBURG, Ill. — Menard County Fair, July 19-24, 18450 Fairgrounds St., Petersburg;;; 217-632-3848.

Rock Island County Fair

EAST MOLINE, Ill. — Rock Island County Fair, July 19-23, 4200 Archer Drive, East Moline;;; 309-796-1620.

Warrick County Fair

BOONVILLE, Ind. — Warrick County Fair, July 19-24, 133 County Rd 100 N, Boonville, Ind.;; 812-897-6101.

PARP/CCH Cover Crop Breakfast

PETERSBURG, Ind. — The PARP/CCH Cover Crop Breakfast will be 7:30 to 10 a.m. ET July 20 at the Village Inn Restaurant, 242 IN-57, Petersburg.

Program topics will include Cover Crop Basics, Cover Crops Utilization and Investment, and Cover Crops and Weeds.

PARP fees sponsored by Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. CCH credits are $10 per person.

For more information and to register, contact Alex Mahrenholz at 812-354-6838 or Visit

Edwards County Fair

ALBION, Ill. — Edwards County Fair, July 20-30, 90 W. Pine St., Albion; 618-445-3615.

Hancock County Fair

AUGUSTA, Ill. — Hancock County Fair, July 20-23, 94 First St., Augusta;;;; 217-392-2524.

Livingston County Fair

PONTIAC, Ill. — Livingston County Fair, July 20-23, 18142 4-H Park Road, Pontiac;;; 815-842-2650.

Mental Health First Aid

The online program Mental Health First Aid for the Ag Community will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21.

Learn how to help someone experiencing mental health or substance use issues. Gain tools to identify signs of mental health or substance abuse issues, learn communication skills and leave with resources to connect someone with help.

The free Mental Health First Aid training includes two hours of a self-paced study prior to the course. Register at

Master Gardener Help Desk

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — The Christian County Master Gardener Help Desk will be from 9 to 11 a.m. July 21 at the Christian County Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.

Master gardeners can assist in identifying problems and finding solutions. 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.

Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs

HILLSBORO, Ill. — The program Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs will be from 2 to 3 p.m. July 21 at the Montgomery County Extension office, 1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro.

Learn about what woody plant pests thrive in our area and how we can best take care of our trees and shrubs throughout the year.

Register for this free program by visiting

Clay County Fair

FLORA, Ill. — Clay County Fair, July 21-30, 14 Golf Course Road, Flora;; 618- 662-3247.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair

GOSHEN, Ind. — Elkhart County 4-H Fair, July 22-30, 17746 County Rd 34, Goshen, Ind.;; 574-533-3247.

Porter County Fair

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Porter County Fair, July 21-30, 217 E. Division Road, Valparaiso, Ind.;; 219-462-0321.

Putnam County 4-H Fair

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Putnam County 4-H Fair, July 22-29, 191 US-231, Greencastle, Ind.;; 765-655-1565.