Local News for Monday, September 2

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Published on September 2 2013 6:01 am
Last Updated on September 1 2013 9:02 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A full day of activities is underway in St. Elmo for the city's annual Labor Day event.

A pancake breakfast will be served until 9:30am at the firehouse.  Concession stands, flea markets and booths will open at 9am and there will be pony rides available all day.

The parade will step off at 10:30am with lineup starting at the high school at 9am.  The procession will travel south on Walnut, east on Second, north on Main and turn east on Fourth, ending at the bank.  There is a five dollar day of the parade entry fee. 

Carnival games and inflatables are scheduled from noon to 6pm, and the parade winners will be announced at 12:30 at 5th and Main.  The non-beauty hairy leg contest is planned from 1 to 2:30pm, and they'll play Bingo at 5th and Main from 1 to 5pm.  A watermelon eating and seed spitting contest will be held at 3pm on the bank lot at 4th and Main.  A children's carnival and children tournaments will run from 3 to 5pm.  The St. Elmo Lion's Cakewalk is scheduled at 5:30pm, and the Citizen of the Year will be announced at 6:15pm.  The "St. Elmo's Got Talent" Talent show will run from 6:30 to 9:30pm, and the hold a 50/50 drawing at 8pm.

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Today is the final day of this year's Casey Popcorn Festival.

An antique tractor pull will begin at noon.  There will be three afternoon shows of Babaloo, Alfy's Robotic Puppets, Steve Trash and Lauran Ernst.  Devin Clemons will perform at 2pm and they'll play Rotary Club Bessie Bingo at 2pm.  Gracia Harrison will sing at 4pm.

There will be a carnival, food booths and arts and crafts.

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Any way you slice it, today is the final day of this year's Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival.

Free cheese will be handed out at 1:30PM, and this year marks the return of the Rat Race 5K and 10K runs.  Registration is already underway at the village's Visitors Center on East Progress Street and the event will begin with a one mile fun run at 7:15am, followed by 5K and 10K races and a Chase the Cheese race for kids at 9:30am.

Festival activities in Arthur are scheduled today from 9am to 5pm.

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Illinois corn farmers can help prevent major crop damage from extreme weather.

A new study suggests if farmers stopped tilling their land, it would hold moisture and wouldn't be impacted so badly when a drought hit. 

Less than 16% of corn farmers use the no-till technique, according to the USDA, but experts say those who do have a higher yield.

Last year, the Federal Crop Insurance Program dished out $3 billion to help Illinois recover losses from the corn crop.

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A Labor Day pulled pork lunch will be served today at Shumway "Inner"national Airport. 

The lunch will be served from 11:30am to 3:30pm.  The airport is located north of Illinois 33 along 700th Street just west of Shumway.  The runway is a quarter-mile west and a quarter-mile north of the curve.

For more information, phone Jack at 217-821-2868.