Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

UI's RIPE agriculture project aims to tackle growing problem

URBANA — According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 to feed an estimated 9.2 billion people.

That's a problem, said Donald Ort, associate director of the Realizing Increase Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project at the University of Illinois, which is exploring ways to meet this challenge.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017




Top of the Morning, July 13, 2017

Thanks to her horses, Molly Baldes might be the most popular draw at the University of Illinois.

"A lot of these kids, especially those from up north, lose their minds when they see a horse on campus," said the manager of the UI Horse Farm. "They all want to come up to it and pet it. There's always a crowd."

Area 4-Hers ready to get this show on the road

At 17, Hallie Beck has nearly aged out of 4-H, so this is the last year she will be showing her two Berkshire swine, Tank and Buddy.

Just Askin': Corn-crop rebound

Has this year's crop come back after a cool, wet May and hot, dry June?

Yes, but not completely.

Refurbishing tractors a labor of love for Tuscola retiree

RURAL TUSCOLA — John Rairden was 8 or 9 — "maybe younger" — when he drove his first tractor, in a family loyal to the green and yellow of John Deere.

He's a veteran tractor driver in the Tuscola Sparks in the Park parade, set for Saturday at Ervin Park.

Entertainment listings, July 6-13, 2017



What: Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. July 7.

Where: Downtown Urbana.


Top of the Morning, July 1, 2017

As unique as DUNCAN HUGHES' story is, his dog's might be better.

BUCK was basically a lost cause, an abused black Lab rescued by Duncan's family, who provided comfort at their farm between Tolono and Philo. At first, "he was really excited, really hyper all the time," Duncan said, probably because he hadn't received much positive attention as a pup.

Farm Bureau lawyer to landowners: Wind-farm leases require due diligence

TUSCOLA — A Farm Bureau attorney recommends landowners being approached by a company that wants to build a wind farm in Douglas County hire their own lawyers to negotiate leases.