Community Events

Community Events

Entertainment listings, July 19-26, 2018


This weekend


2017 Little Miss Champaign County Fair going for another crown

CHAMPAIGN — Usually, young girls going to Disneyland just plan to meet the princesses from their favorite fairy tales. But for Jordynn Huskisson, 2017 Little Miss Champaign County Fair, the main goal is to leave "the happiest place on Earth" as an actual princess.

Top of the Morning, July 18, 2018

There were long flights, lost luggage and little sleep. But BRAD and HAYLIE DANCER still enjoyed their whirlwind weekend trip to Wimbledon.

"We laughed," the UI men's tennis coach said Tuesday — back in Champaign. "With four boys, Haylie and I probably spent more time together in the last 72 hours than we have all year."

Top of the Morning, July 17, 2018

ADDILYN BENT-PERZEE's first 24 hours as Little Miss Champaign County Fair featured a pizza party at home, an appearance on WCIA and cheer practice in Mahomet.

The whirlwind schedule didn't faze the 9-year-old fourth-grader from Fisher a bit.

"She tells us it was her dream to be Little Miss," said her mom, MELISSA SHEPHERD. "She's enjoying it."

Fundraising lunch to benefit Special Olympics set July 26 at Texas Roadhouse

CHAMPAIGN — Police officers from all over Champaign County are inviting people to eat lunch at Texas Roadhouse on July 26 to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., officers will serve a pulled-pork sandwich, corn, fresh-baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage. Diners are asked to leave a donation for their meal, which is valued at $10.

Champaign farmers market going to backup plan for SNAP transactions

CHAMPAIGN — A farmers market is going to a backup plan to process food-stamp benefits after the vendor it uses for those electronic transactions announced it is shutting down that service.

Homer's Gracyn Allen wins crown at Champaign County Fair Queen pageant

CHAMPAIGN — As Gracyn Allen prepared for Sunday's Miss Champaign County Fair Queen pageant, the 17-year-old Homer girl attached an American flag to the back of her blue swimsuit for good luck.

The flag must have worked, as Allen emerged from a field of seven young women to be crowned the 2018 Miss Champaign County Fair Queen at City Center in downtown Champaign.

For the retirees, July 15-22, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 15, 2018

This being fair season, we tracked down 10 local animal lovers photographed as kids through the years by The News-Gazette and asked them to tell us about the most memorable animal they ever showed.

Inaugural pageant much different for first Champaign County Fair Queen

RURAL CHAMPAIGN — The first Champaign County Fair Queen, and that cape she wore, are still looking sharp after 60 years.

Lois Wood is out in front of a cornfield at the family cattle farm on a rural road that feels like a drag strip.

"Does this make me look like the Flying Nun?" she asks before she and husband Don dare crossing the speedway.