I was recently asked what the first thing I thought about was when someone mentioned fair… my answer was quick, “the food”, I am a sucker for corn dogs, porkchop sandwiches and funnel cakes or strawberry shortcakes. Fair food tastes extra good, not only because it is often prepared by local associations/ businesses, but because of the memories that go with it. During my childhood, one of my favorite activities was walking through the livestock barns. I did not grow up on a farm, so I did not have cow, pig or sheep to show. But that did not mean I was not involved in the fair. I was a member of our local 4-H club, the same one my mother and aunt had been a part of years before. My fair projects were not always the most traditional and included dogs, childcare and development and even a little baking depending on the year. But that is the beauty of the fair and of 4-H, there is something for everyone. You do not have to live on a farm or be involved in agriculture to enjoy the fair, although it is a great opportunity to learn about agriculture and community. The volunteers and staff of county fairs put countless hours into making each year better than the last. Be sure to visit the Stephenson County Fair during July 9 through July 13, while there, stop by the Farm Fun Zone hosted by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, walk through the barns and be sure to watch a grandstand event. More information about the fair can be found by visiting their website www.stephensoncountyfair.org. I hope to see you there!
Farm Progress Show Bus Trip: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau will be hosting a bus trip to the Farm Progress Show is Decatur Illinois. This trip will take place on Wednesday, August 28. The bus will depart from the Freeport Wal-Mart at 5:45a.m. With a stop at McDonalds in Oglesby for breakfast. We will arrive at the show around 9:45a.m. and depart at 4:00p.m. with a fast food stop on the way home. Our estimated return time is 8:15p.m. This trip is $60 for members and $65 for non-members. Trip price includes transportation and refreshments on the bus. Show admission and meals are not included. To sign up, please call 815-232-3186.
Wisconsin State Fair Bus Trip: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau will be hosting a bus trip to the Wisconsin State Fair on Tuesday, August 6. The bus will leave the Wal-mart parking lot in Freeport at 6:45a.m. Breakfast and water will be provided. The bus will arrive at the state fairgrounds around 9:00a.m. The bus will depart for Freeport at 4:00P.M. with snacks and water provided. Our estimated return time is 6:15p.m. The cost per person is $30 and includes bus transportation and refreshments on the bus. Gate admission, meals and other expenses are not included. To sign up please call the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 815-232-3186.
Save the Date for Defensive Driving: Doug Sommer will be back by popular demand this fall to present the Defensive Driving Program! The two-day program will be held October 22 and 23, 10 am – 3 pm both days at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building. Lunch will be provided both days. For successfully competing this course, you may be eligible for a discount on your COUNTRY Financial auto insurance. Cost for the class is $15/person for Stephenson County Farm Bureau members and $25/person for non-members. To register, contact the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 815-232-3186.
Peach Order Forms Now available: The much-anticipated peach order forms are now available! Once again the Stephenson County Farm Bureau will offer fresh, delicious peaches from Rendleman Orchards, located near Alto Pass in southern Illinois. Rendleman Orchards is a family business that has been in operation since 1873, providing quality products throughout the country. To sweeten your peach order, a portion of each box ordered will be donated to the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Foundation. This Foundation provides high school and college students with scholarships.
- 25lb boxes
- Pick up at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, anticipated delivery mid-August, depending on weather.
- Orders must be picked up within 48 hours of delivery
- Price is $33/ box for Farm Bureau members or $38/ box for non-members.
Please call the Stephenson County Farm Bureau 815-232-3186 to place your order or to have an order form sent to you. Peach orders are due to the Farm Bureau by July 25,2019.