The Bond County Fair opens Wednesday night at the Bond County Fairgrounds in Greenville. On Wednesday night the garden tractor pull starts at 6PM with the carnival opening at 6:30, after that the carnival will open at 6PM every night. Thursday morning, the judging commences in the community building followed with a steer show. Harness racing is at 6PM. Friday, The beef show is at 8am, the antique farm machinery expo and farm toy show opens at noon and will be on display Saturday and Sunday. The western horse speed show is at 7PM with the demolition derby at 7:30. On Saturday, the sheep show starts at 8am, the tractor games at 10am with the tractor parade at 1PM. The kids day carnival runs from 1 to 4PM. A Civil War re-enactment will be staged at 3PM. The farm tractor and 4 wheel drive pull is at 5PM with the talent show at 6:30.


 On Sunday, the fair starts with a community church service at 8am and rabbit show at 9. The chain saw cutting contest is at 1PM with a kids pedal tractor pull at 1:30. The kids carnival will run from 1:30 to 4:40. Another Civil War re-enactment at 2:30, swine show at 5 and the Pro Pulling League & ITPA at 7. Monday, August 3rd will be senior citizens day. The 4-H auction starts at 6PM with the little miss and queen pageant at 7. On the last day of the Fair Tuesday, August 4th, the dairy show starts at 9am. The Fusion Dance team performs at 6PM. The parade starts at 7PM with Big Jeff's Blues performing after the parade.



The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) has announced that for the fifth consecutive year, the department has collected a record amount of child support for Illinois children. The $1.38 billion collected for custodial parents during fiscal year 2009 is a slight increase over 2008. This small increase reflects the nation's economic recession. Child support enforcement services are available to any parent who needs assistance in enforcing support. To register for free child support enforcement services, parents must complete and sign an application. Applications are available online at www.ilchildsupport.com/ or by calling 1 800 447-4278.




The next Bond County Historical Society business meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bond County Housing Authority Building.  The meeting is for all members, directors and any other interested persons.




Irene Marie Henry age 89 of Greenville passed away Sunday, July 26th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral Services for 89 year-old  Irene Henry will be Thursday at 2PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday after 12 noon at Young Funeral. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.




Mary I. Elliott, age 70 of Keyesport passed away Sunday, July 26th at St. Anthony's Hospital in Effingham. Funeral Services for 70 year-old  Mary Elliott will be Wednesday at 11am at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Interment will follow in McKendree Chapel Cemetery near Keyesport. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5PM to 8PM and Wednesday from 10am until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association or Hospice and will be received at the Funeral Home.


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