Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

The folks behind your fair food

Do you ever wonder about the people behind the tasty, not-good-for-your-diet festival and county-fair food? Where do they come from? What are their stories?

We spoke with five vendors, some of whom are on the road right now and who will be at the Champaign County Fair July 21-29:

Vermilion County's favorable weekend forecast calls for sun, balloons

DANVILLE — As balloonmeister of this weekend's Balloons Over Vermilion event, Joe Vincent doesn't dwell too much on the weather forecast.

The former balloon pilot makes the final call on whether the field of 34 hot air balloons fly, and he cautions that conditions can change quickly.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017




Top of the Morning, July 8, 2017

Champaign's Louise Satterfield didn't see her tee shot roll into the cup on the first hole at Champaign's Legends Golf Course on Monday. At 88 years old, "my eyes aren't that good anymore," she said. "I thought it probably went into the water."

A hole-in-one is a neat feat. A hole-in-one by a child of the '20s is even more remarkable.

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.


Just Askin': Champaign County Freedom Celebration's grand finale

How many fireworks are shot off during the Champaign County Freedom Celebration display?

More than 3,000, said Mike Cartolano, president of Indiana-based Melrose Pyrotechnics, which is running the July 4 show: "It's about 1.5 tons of explosives."

They'll be shot off nonstop for the roughly 25-minute show, said Freedom Celebration President Margaret Givens.

Bement's Bryant Cottage gets nod for national registry

BEMENT — Marilyn Ayers spent 31 years as site supervisor of the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement, so it's understandable that she got emotional after receiving word the 1856-era home with ties to Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas is one step away from being added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

Independence Day events, June 29-July 8, 2017

Area fireworks and other happenings celebrating the Fourth of July holiday include the following:


Rantoul. Freedom Celebration, June 29-July 4. Free live music, carnival, parade, monster trucks, fireworks and more. Opens with a carnival, 3 to 10 p.m. June 29 at Wabash Park. Fireworks at dusk on July 3.

Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017



What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.