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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Just a few reminders. The town’s trick or treat hours are October 31st from 5-7pm. For safety remember to; look both ways before crossing the streets, treat or treat with an adult, drive safely and cautiously through town watching for children, and most of all have fun!

If you have not already filled out the survey for bringing fiber optic internet to Elizabeth, please do so soon. Sand Prairie, a service of Jo-Carroll Energy, is asking local residents if there is interest and a need for fiber optic internet service in their area. Where the cooperative builds its next fiber projects will be driven by where there is the most interest. If you want Elizabeth to be at the top of that list, go to http://connectSP.com/ iwantfiber to fill out a short survey showing your interest in fiber internet service.Fiber provides faster speeds and reliability for your home or business. Help us bring fiber to our community.

The Elizabeth Food Pantry is having a raffle on a beautiful wreath as a fundraiser for the upcoming holiday season. Tickets are $2 per ticket or $10 for six, please contact Norma Schwirtz for information.

This coming Friday and Saturday November 3rd/4th  is the River Ridge High School Play- The School of Rock. The show starts at 7pm, hope to see everyone there.

Just another reminder that a new 4-H year is here! If your family or child (age 5-18) is interested in joining there are several cubs in the area.  For more information please contact the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273 or a local 4-H club.

The Jo Daviess County Young Leaders host a meeting every month. They would like to invite anyone from the age of 18 to 35 who has an interest in agriculture. Their next meeting is November 5th at 7pm at the Farm Bureau Office in Elizabeth. For more information please contact the office at 815-858-2235 or Co Chairs Codie Geisz or Jacquelynn Albrecht.

The Elizabeth Community Fair Board is beginning to plan for the 98th Elizabeth Community Fair. If interested in volunteering or becoming a member please contact Donnie McLane, Audrey Geisz or any current fair board member. Their next meeting is November 1st at 7pm at the Elizabeth Community Building.

The Village is looking for volunteers to help plan our 150th Anniversary next year. Currently the Village is looking at a big celebration on Labor Day weekend in 2018. We would like to have our first meeting by January of 2018. We are in need of more volunteers! If anyone is interested, please
contact the Village Hall or Mike Dittmar.

Please don’t forget that fall leaves cannot be burned at your house. Please rake them up and take them to the Village dump. The Village does pick up leaves if they are in bags on Monday morning.

As always don’t forget to buy local to support our local economy!

Have a great week!

Harvest Season

As harvest season is in full swing remember to keep on the look out for tractors on the road this fall. Always be on the lookout for farm machinery; farm machinery typically travels at 25 mph or less, so be prepared to slow down and keep a safe distance and only pass when there is adequate amount of time and space.

In local news…

Mark your calendars for the upcoming ,  24th Annual River Ridge PTO Craft Fair. With over 100 indoor and outdoor craft booths, food court and free parking. October 7th 9am-5pm and 8th 9am-4pm. Also make sure to make at stop at the local craft, antique and retail stores around Elizabeth as well as the Jo Daviess County CTE craft show.

That same day, October 7th from 9am-5pm, Elizabeth will be hosting their annual Scarecrow Festival. Pumpkin weighing, apple pie baking contest, scarecrow decorating contest and more! Keep on the look out for more information.

A new 4-H year is here! If your family or child (age 5-18) is interested in joining there are several cubs in the area. With projects in visual arts, animals, foods and much more there is something for everyone. Enrollment begins September 15th. For more information please contact the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273.

G.E.A.R will be hosting  Heroes in a Half Shell IV wrestling match Saturday October 7th at 6 pm in the Municipal Gym. Tickets are for purchase ahead of time for $10 from Mr. Knauer or Mr. Fry or at the door for $12, children 4 and under are free. Fun for the whole family!

Calling all art and pottery lovers! October 13th-15th local pottery artists are hosting the Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour. This is a self guided tour around the area to see some of the best known pottery and sculpture studios. For more information please go to http://www.twentydirtyhands.com/index.html

Until next time, have a great week!

 

Fall Happenings

Hello All,

Just a few reminders.

This Friday (tonight!) is the River Ridge Homecoming Football Game. Come out and show your support, the game begins at 7:00pm.

The Jo Daviess County Young Leaders host a meeting every month. They would like to invite anyone from the age of 18 to 35 who has an interest in agriculture. Their next meeting is October 1st at the Farm Bureau Office in Elizabeth. For more information please contact the office at 815-858-2235 or Co Chairs Codie Geisz or Jacquelynn Albrecht. They plan several events throughout the year including farmer appreciation breakfast, petting zoo, and more.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Best of Illinois 2017  event, The 24th Annual River Ridge PTO Craft Fair. With over 100 indoor and outdoor craft booths, food court and free parking. October 7th and 8th. Also make sure to make at stop at the local craft, antique and retail stores around Elizabeth as well as the Jo Daviess County CTE craft show.

A new 4-H year is here! If your family or child (age 5-18) is interested in joining there are several cubs in the area. With projects in visual arts, animals, foods and much more there is something for everyone. Enrollment begins September 15th. For more information please contact the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273.

G.E.A.R will be hosting  Heroes in a Half Shell IV wrestling match Saturday October 7th at 6 pm in the Municipal Gym. Tickets are for purchase ahead of time for $10 from Mr. Knauer or Mr. Fry or at the door for $12, children 4 and under are FREE. Fun for the whole family!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the warm weather!

 

 

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Where has the summer gone? It sure has been a busy summer in Elizabeth! It started out with the Spring Fling and then continued on with the 97th Elizabeth Community Fair and Midwest Garlic Fest.  We are a busy town!  Soon our children will be going back to school, Friday night lights will be the talk of the town and the leaves will begin to change signaling fall.
To keep you up to date on activities in the area check back here to find out what it going on.
  • This upcoming Friday night 8/25 will be the River Ridge High school Football home opener vs AFC. There next game will be 9/1 at Orangeville.
  • The River Ridge High school Girls Volleyball first home game is 8/31 vs Galena.
The Elizabeth Farmers market is in full swing with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, baked goods and much more more. Check it out every Friday from 3-6 pm at Terrapin Park.
Another upcoming activity to check out is the Music in the Park, Saturday September 9th. This is a free family fun event at Terrapin Park beginning at 6:00 pm-9:00 pm . The featured band will be Lexi Parr & The Ruby Blonde Band.
Congratulations to all local 4-Hers that competed at the Illinois State Fair and congrats to a group of 4-Hers that participated in the State Poultry Judging Contest.
The Elizabeth Nursing Home and Assisted Living with be hosting a family picnic open to the public Thursday August 24th from 5 pm until 7 pm. Good food and fun for all!
Lastly The Elizabeth Fire Department will be having their annual golf outing August 26th at Storybrook Country Club. Registration begins at 10 am with shotgun start at 11 am. Please call Storybrook for information and to register your team, 815-598-2210.

97th Elizabeth Community Fair

From Friday, July 23 through Sunday, July 25, be sure to stop by the oldest community fair in Illinois.
Lot’s of fun for the whole family!
Here is the complete listing of all the events:

Friday July 21
7:00am Steer Weigh-in
9:00am Dairy and Sheep Show
10:00am Crafts and Gardening Judging
1:00pm Dairy Goat Show
5:00pm- 10:00pm Carnival Opens- Inflatable Rides by Bases Wild Entertainment Inc.
7:00pm Fantasy Truck Pullers featuring Heartland Tractor Pullers (with weigh-in beginning at 5:00pm

Saturday July 22
8:00am Beef Heifer Show with Steer show to follow
11:00am Parade “Country Pride Community Wide” Sponsored by the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce
Noon- Free Lunch for first 500 people through the gate. Lunch prepared by The Jo Davies County Beef Association and sponsored by Illinois Bank and Trust
Noon- Bingo
Noon- 10PM Carnival Open
1:00pm Kiddie Tractor Pull and Petting Zoo sponsored by the Jo Daviess County Young Leaders with sign up at 12:30
Hypnotist and Mentalist Brian Imbus 1:30
3:00pm Truck Show and Shine (with registration at 12:30pm) for information please contact Kurt Krohmer (815-858-5333)
3:00pm Ice cream Eating Contest sponsored by Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe
7:00PM Fantasy Truck Pullers featuring Heartland Tractor Pullers (with weigh-in beginning at 5:00pm)
7:30PM Elizabeth Fair Queen, Junior Miss & Little Miss Pageant

Sunday July 23
9:00 Elizabeth’s Best BBQ Competition
Public tasting and Judging begins at 3:00pm
For information please contact Codie Geisz (815) 598-3145
11:00am 6th Annual “Carp Allen” Memorial Horseshoe Tournament
Noon- Bingo
Noon- Dairy Land Antique Tractor Pull (with weigh-in beginning at 11:00am)
Noon-7:00pm Carnival Opens
1:00pm-2:00pm Cow Plop Drop
2:30 Ag Olympics by River Ridge FFA
2:30 Euchre Tournament
6:30 Up-and-coming Country Music Artist Chris Cavanaugh
After the show stick around for the Pie and Cake Auction

Plenty of food and even a beer tent.

Finger on the Pulse of Elizabeth

You know it’s Springtime in Elizabeth when:

Some of the roads have weight limitations posted…

The toms are out strutting their stuff (and the hens are ignoring them)

The grass is starting to turn green, but……..mud is still the primary crop!

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