Local events for the weekend of August 27 - 28
Aug. 26 - 28
All Era Veterans Healing Field
The brave men and women of our Armed Forces will again be honored during the ‘All Era Veterans Healing Field Of The Quad Cities. This memorial event will be open continuously from the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28, at Davenport Memorial Cemetery at 1029 East 39th Street in Davenport, Iowa. Visitors may tour the site and talk with veterans or just quietly reflect. A display of over 100 flags and several guest speakers representing present and past military, wounded warriors, and local veteran support organizations will offer remarkable insight into the spirit of this event during opening (Fri., 7:30 pm) and closing (Sun., 4 pm) ceremonies. For more information, visit this website: http://healingfieldqc.weebly.com/
New Boston Fish Fry
The Annual New Boston Fish Fry is Saturday, Aug. 27 in Fish Fry Park. Fish and chicken dinners will be served from noon to 7 p.m. There will be a parade at 11 a.m., kids games, inflatable games, a kids' karaoke contest at 1 p.m., volley ball tournament, dunk tank, and more. From 4 to 8 p.m. the band "Crossroads' will play and there will be fireworks at dusk.
Main Street "Cow Plop"
The "Cow Plop" will be 4 - 4:30 p.m. in downtown Aledo on Saturday, Aug. 27, in conjunction with Aledo's Antique Days. The prize will be $1,000 or 20 percent of the proceeds. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at aledomainstreet.com or phone 309-582-2751. Funds raised will go towards Aledo Main Street projects and events and for the betterment of the community.
Antique Days in Aledo is Saturday, Aug. 27. The event includes food; music; an antique market; mural painting; street dance; antique appraisals; Civil War re-enactment; tractor, engine, and car shows; pioneer demonstrations; kids activities; and more. For details, visit the web site aledomainstreet.com.
Pedal Tractor Pull
The exchange Club of Aledo will sponsor a Pedal Tractor Pull in conjunction with Antique Days on Sat., Aug. 27. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., the event starts at 11. Call Dwight at 582-8880 for more information.
Knuckle Busters Car Club will host their annual Car Show in downtown Aledo 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 27. Registrations received before Aug. 27 are $10, on the day of the show, $12. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and awards will begin at 2 p.m.. Top 50 plaques will be presented along with $150 for Best of Show as well as the Jack Dougherty Memorial Award. A 50/50 raffle also will be held with up to $500 of the proceeds being matched by Royal Neighbors of America and used to create the Knuckle Busters Scholarship Fund for Mercer County High School students pursuing a college degree in the automotive/agriculture industry.
The Friends of Mercer Carnegie Library and Royal Neighbors Chapter 20094 will hold an Antique Days Book Sale from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, at the Library, 200 North College Avenue, Aledo. Proceeds benefit Mercer Carnegie library. The annual Kringle Sale will also kick off during the book sale, so be sure to stop by and place your order.
Aug. 27 & Sept. 3
Bi-County Thunder Softball Tryouts
Bi-County Thunder will hold Girls 16U ASA Softball Tryouts on Sat., Aug. 27, and Sat., Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at Alexis Fieldhouse. Girls not yet 17 years of age by Jan 1, 2012 are eligible to attend. Please bring all necessary equipment such as bat, glove, helmet, catchers gear, etc. Please bring tennis shoes in addition to cleats as tryouts will be indoors and outdoors. If you have any questions, contact: Tom Swanson, 309-371-4899; Kevin Tyrrell, 309-337-2440; or Jeff Miller, 309-255-3446.
Annual Blackthorn Hill Bug Walk
Join Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve for a Bug Walk at 9 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 27. It's a good time for junior high students to complete their insect collection project. Everybody of any age is welcome. We'll look for any insect and will actually identify some: butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, flies, true bugs, bees, ants, and who knows what else. Led by insect enthusiast Daniel Thompson. Call 343-4888 or 972- 249-7602. Cost $2 for non-WING members. Bring ID books, butterfly net and/or jars if you want. For directions: blackthornhill.org
Swedish Crayfish Party
Pride of the Family, a Swedish culture education club, is hosting a Farewell to Summer Swedish Crayfish Party at the Colony School in Bishop Hill, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27. The cost per person for Crayfish Supper is $10, and includes Swedish meatball smorgasbord, beverages and dessert. Please RSVP at (309) 375-6844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Following supper, at 7 p.m., there will be a Swedish American Barn Dance--with live music and all dances taught and called. Cost for the dance per person $5, per family no more than $15.
Professional Grain Rescue Training
All area firefighters, EMS and police are invited to a Professional Grain Rescue training on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, Aledo. This free training will be facilitated by the National Education Center of Agriculture. It will include classroom education and hands-on training utilizing the new grain rescue tube purchased by the Mercer County Farm Bureau. Lunch and snacks will be provided. To register, call the Mercer County Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116. The training is sponsored by the Mercer County Farm Bureau and Mercer County Hospital with funding by a grant from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.
Vicki Butler Performing at Grace Chapel Gospel singer Vickie Butler will perform at Grace Chapel in Joy at 10:30 a.m. on Sun., Aug. 28. The public is invited to attend.
Fundraising Picnic To Aid Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery
A Fundraising Picnic for Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery, south of Little York, will be Sun., Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. Come enjoy pulled pork and other picnic fare, plus reenactments and music from the 1829 era, when the cemetery was started. The cost is by donation with proceeds going toward mowing expenses. For more information, please call 309-337-1028.