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Demolition Derby Big Event

     The Gallatin County Fair Association has announced that a demo derby will be held at the Ridgway, Illinois Fairgrounds September 12, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. sharp (this is a new time from the first printing due to drivers' requests).  Car inspections will be held at 2:00 P.M. with gates opening at 4 P.M.  Drivers' meeting will be held at 6:30 P.M.
     Classes include chain/wire, powder puff, lawn mower, minis, power wheels, and point series cars (6 on-3 off).  Cash and trophies will be awarded.  Entry fee for the event is $35.00 for all classes except powder puff and lawn mower is $20.00 and power wheels (a new class) is free with all riders paying $25.00 and pit passes $15.00.  Gate admission is set at $10.00 and pre-schoolers free.  For more information, please phone Chad Bandy at 618-926-0961.   

4 Wheeler Event Scheduled

     On September 4, 2015, a 4-wheeler barrel race will also include classes for side by sides and motorcycles.  We will be having mud drag races for all vehicles and a truck tug-of-war following the barrel race with the same entry fees.  These events will be held at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds at Ridgway, Illinois beginning at 7:00 P.M. with gates opening at 5:00 P.M.
     On the barrel race, anything goes from battery powered (entry fee $10.00) up to big boys' toys (entry fee $20.00) will be included with 100% payback.  Pit passes for all events will be $15.00 with gate fees set at $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 6-12, and pre-schoolers free.  For more information on classes, please call Jimmy Bourland at 618-499-2348. 

Off Road Challenge Scheduled for Fair

     A new event is scheduled for the Gallatin County Fair.  An off road challenge is planned forSeptember 11, 2015 at the Ridgway, Illinois Fairgrounds.  The classes will include small truck tire 35" and below, big truck tire 36" and above, UTV 850cc and below, and UTV 851cc and above with an entry fee of $20.00, pit passes $15.00, and riders free with a signed waiver. 
     Gates open at 4:00 P.M. with admission set at $10.00 and pre-schoolers free.  The challenge will start at 7:00 P.M. after a drivers' meeting at 6:45 P.M. with cash and trophies to be awarded.  All runs will be electronically timed with LED read-out for spectators.  For more information, please call Jimmy Bourland at 618-499-2348

Tim Drone Fundraiser This Saturday in Ridgway

A fundraiser to help with medical costs for Tim Drone will be held this Saturday in Ridgway.  The event will be at the Golden Circle in Ridgway located at 110 N. Crawford St.  Tim was critically hurt on July 26 at his home when a Tractor flipped over on him.  He is Evansville IN hospital recovering from major injuries.

This will consist of BBQ, Baked Beans, Chips, Drink and Dessert and will run from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Meal Cost will be $10 and other donations will be accepted.

No Need to cook that day come and enjoy a great meal with your friends and family and help Tim and his family out.

4H News

Take advantage of new experiences

Discover Chicago is a great chance to experience three jam-packed days in one of our nation’s largest cities. All Southern Illinois youth who are in grades 57 during the 20152016 school year can attend.


Participants view Chicago, the Great Lakes and neighboring states from the John Hancock Center.

They will dine on a hearty four- course meal while cheering brave knights as they demonstrate their skills at Medieval Times. Don’t miss the chance to an actual Boeing 727 jet, explore the depths of a coal mine, and take a cross country train trip at the Museum of Science and Industry. Then enjoy a wildly unique dining experience at the Rainforest Café. Explore our galaxy and beyond at Americas first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium.


The $249 fee includes admission to all attractions, lodging at Embassy Suites Hotel, meals, charter bus transportation, and insurance. This amount also includes a commemorative t-shirt. Want to find out more? Contact your local University of Illinois Extension office. The deadline to register is September 4, 2015.

Discover Chicago is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension so you can be assured that your child will be properly supervised by caring adults. The trip offers just the right mix of fun and education for an experience your child will never forget


A fall Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) training, provided by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 26 in Waterloo. If you are 14 or older and wanting to give back to the 4-H program, expand your public speaking skills AND opportunities, and learn how to tell your 4-H story, then THIS training is for you!


While focusing on preparing presentations for different local audiences, such as donors and volunteer civic groups, members learn how to prepare both short and longer presentations. Important information about the 4-H program is shared, as well as county and state statistics that can be included in presentations. Pam Weber, Illinois lobbyist for Extension Partners, works alongside the Youth Leadership Team members in focusing on members’ 4-H stories and how to tell those stories to county board and state legislature officials.


Training lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and members are required to attend the entire session in order to be included on the state roster for Legislative Connection invitations. The $10 registration fee includes lunch and all training materials. Generous support is also provided by the Illinois 4-H Foundation to help cover costs for the training. Registration is open and can be found at the following site: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_sfi4h.cfm. (Make sure you are registering for the September training!) Registration will close Wednesday, Sept. 16.


For those 4-H members who have already taken part in Speaking for Illinois 4-H and are up-to-date on the state roster, we will be holding a second Speaking for Illinois 4-H Level II training in January focusing on Youth and Adult Partnerships. Dates are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9, 2016 – be on the watch for a special invitation to that training this fall!