It seems hard to believe that the 2021 Stephenson County Fair is right around the corner. Everyone at the Farm Bureau is excited to welcome fair goers into our “Farm Fun Zone”. The Farm Fun Zone will be open Tuesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 31, from 11:00a.m. until 9:00p.m. When visiting the Farm Fun Zone you will find information about the Farm Bureau, Conservation Agriculture Partners Foundation, live animals, voting on the Stephenson County Farm Bureau photo contest and a make and take children’s activity that will be different each day of the fair. New this year we will be hosting a giveaway that includes pork spice, maple syrup, popcorn, Farm Bureau sweatshirt and more, so be sure to stop by and enter. We are also still looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please call our office to reserve a time. Volunteers will receive coupons for the Hog House and Beef Corral. Our office number is 815-232-3186. If you’d like more information regarding general fair events, please visit www.stephensoncountyfair.org
Young Leaders Host Kiddie Tractor Pull: On Saturday, July 31 at 1:00p.m. the Young Leaders will be hosting their annual Kiddie Tractor Pull in the Foresight Financial Group Commercial Building. Registration will be beginning at 12:30p.m. and the pull will begin at 1:00p.m. Weight classes include 30-45 pounds, 46-60 pounds, and 61-80 pounds. First, Second and Third place winners in each class will receive a trophy. All participants will receive a snack along with a goodie bag. Participants must register prior to the start of the weight class. There will be no guarantees that late registrants will be accepted for a class once it’s started. This is a free event. If you have questions, please call our office 815-232-3186 and ask for Victoria.
Defensive Driving Course Program: Back by popular demand, the Stephenson County Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial will be hosting a Defensive Driving Course Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29 at the Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport. The program will begin at 10:00a.m.and last until 3:00p.m. both days. Lunch is included. The cost of the class is $20 for Farm Bureau members (in good standing through October 31, 2021) and $35 for non-members. By successfully completing this course, you may be eligible for a discount on your COUNTRY Financial auto insurance. People over 55 who have not had a motor vehicle accident or violation within the past twelve months are eligible. To register please call 815-232-3186 or stop by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. Payment is due at the time of registration. For questions or to register please call 815-232-3186 by September 22, 2021.
Farm Bureau offers Fire Extinguisher Program: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is offering our voting members an opportunity to order fire extinguishers at a discounted rate. We will accept preorders through Thursday, August 5th. We will then place our group order and notify those who ordered when their order is ready to pick up at the Farm Bureau or a location nearby. Our estimated pick-up is the week of August 16. Please complete the form and return it to the Farm Bureau office with your payment. Order forms can be found on our website at www.stephensoncfb.org. All orders must be received with payment by 4:30 p.m. on August 5. Phone orders with credit card payment will be accepted by calling (815) 232-3186.
Clara Joyce Flower Farm Tour: The Stephenson County Farm Bureau is hosting two tours at Clara Joyce Cut Flower Farm on Saturday, August 21, 2021. One tour will begin at 10:00a.m. and the second at 4:00p.m. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $10 per person. Participants will meet at the farm which is located at 13493 E Blair Hill Road, Stockton, IL. For questions or to register 815-232-3186.
Caterpillar Membership Benefit: Save up to $5,000 on a CAT Excavator, Skid Steer, Wheel Loader and More. Illinois Farm Bureau members can save up to $5,000 on the purchase or lease of eligible Cat® wheel loaders, small and medium dozers, backhoe loaders, compact track loaders, multi terrain loaders, skid steer loaders, telehandlers, mini hydraulic excavators and excavators. Members also receive an additional $250 credit on select work tool attachments purchased with new Cat machines. These discounts can be combined with any current retail discount, promotion, rebates or offers available through Caterpillar or its dealers, with the exception of the Cat NCBA membership incentive. For a complete list of eligible products visit www.ilfb.org/membership/benefits/#cat
Peach Pickup: Peach pick up will take place at the Farm Bureau office at 210 West Spring Street, Freeport, IL on Wednesday August 4th from 8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m. If you are unable to pick up your peaches this day, please let our office know at 815-232-3186.
Life Line Screening in September: Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, will offer affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. A package of five screenings to identify risk for stroke, heat disease and other chronic conditions will be offered:
- Carotid ultrasound to identify plaque buildup in the carotid arteries, a major risk factor for stroke
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound to identify presence of an enlargement in the largest blood vessel in the body.
- An EKG to identify the presence of atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk of stroke
- Ultrasound of the lower legs to look for plaque buildup know as peripheral artery disease
- Ultrasound of the shin bone to identify risk for osteoporosis.
These 5 vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60-90 minutes to complete. Register by calling 1-888-814-0416 and to receive a $10 discount or text the word “circle” to 797979.