Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead
From tackling the NFL draft in 'Draft Day' to jamming at the roller rink with the Twin City Derby Girls, staff writer Tim Mitchell's recommendations for the week ahead:
The Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival concludes with the Rat Race 5K; an antique tractor show; Amish buggy rides and stagecoach rides; the National Cheese Curd Spitting Contest; and a concert by the country music trio The Henningsens. A cheese giveaway gets underway at 1:30 p.m. at the main cheese tent.
You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy "Draft Day," which comes out on DVD. Kevin Costner stars as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns who trades for the number-one pick on the first day of the NFL draft. Jennifer Garner is featured as the team's salary-cap manager — and Costner's girlfriend.
If you are looking for some bargains, consider heading to Farmer City for the start of the community's two-day garage-sales event. Organizers say there will be about 25 different garage sales going on. If you want to plan your trip, maps will be available at Huck's and Casey's General Store.
Highlights of the Arcola Broom Corn Festival include a 5K and 10K run and 5K walk; an afternoon parade featuring the famous Lawn Rangers; and performances by the Gunny Sack Revue. The festival ends Sunday with a kiddie tractor pull and a gospel-music concert. The weekend honors Arcola's tradition as a center of broom-corn production.
If you like roller skating with some attitude, consider the Twin City Derby Girls, who are holding tryouts from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Skateland in Savoy. Basic skating skills, understanding of the game, paperwork and proper equipment are required. It is strongly recommended that you bring your own helmet, but organizers say a bike helmet will work for now.