Monthly Archives: July 2014

Carroll County Fair 2014

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28374 Milledgeville Road
Milledgeville, Illinois 61051

62nd Annual Carroll County Fair
Join us August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – 2014

carroll-county-fair-adEstablished in 1952, the Carroll County Fair will mark its 62nd Anniversary in 2014. Who knew back then when Charlie Schell and his family provided the land east of Milledgeville, also known as Schell Park, that the Carroll County Fair would still be the great fair it is today.

To all past, present and future participants, officers, superintendents and volunteers, “Thank You” for your time and help to keep this wonderful, fun filled, family oriented county fair going.

Your patronage is very much appreciated, and we hope you will continue to support the Fair for generations to come.

The Carroll County Fair Association


 3:30 p.m. Judging: Education
 4:00 p.m. Community Church Service (Stage and Grandstand)
 6:00 p.m. Judging: Antiques

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Textiles & Fine Arts (Open & Junior) 
            Judging: Hobbies (Open & Junior)
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Culinary O-1 only
  6:00 p.m. Judging: Carcass Show (on the hoof)

  8:00 a.m. Judging: Farm Produce & Fruits (Open & Junior)
  8:30 a.m. Judging: Open Beef
  8:30 a.m. Judging: Junior Sheep Followed by Junior Wether Show
  9:00 a.m. Judging: Poultry
 10:30 a.m. Floriculture (Division 1 & Junior)
  6:00 p.m. Judging: Rabbits
  7:00 p.m. Judging: 4-H Livestock & Small Animal Auction (Poultry Building)
  7:00 p.m. Illini State Truck Pull & Tri County Pullers (mini rods)
            (FREE Grandstand)

  8:00 a.m. Judging: Junior Beef
  8:00 a.m. Judging: Open Sheep & Open Market Lamb
 10:30 a.m. Judging: Culinary Baking (Open & Junior)
 11:00 a.m. Antique & Farmer Tractor Pull
  2:00 p.m. Style Show (Green Exhibition Building)
  6:00 p.m. Tractor Parade
  6:30 p.m. Badger State Tractor Pull (FREE Grandstand)

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Dairy Heifers (Open & Junior)
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Floriculture (Division II)
 10:30 a.m. Judging: Culinary Baking
  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Power Wheel Races followed by the Bicycle Races
  4:30 p.m. Ag Olympics (FREE Grandstand)
  7:30 p.m. Funky Munky Wrestling (FREE Grandstand)

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Dairy Cows (Open & Junior)
 11:30 a.m. Cow Classes in Milk
  7:00 p.m. Rout 38
  8:30 p.m. Tracy Lawrence in Concert (RESERVED SEATS Grandstand)

  8:30 a.m. Judging: Pleasure Horse Show Participants enter West Gate
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Culinary (Baking) (Men’s Baking & Specialty Baking)
 12:30 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull Registration
  1:00 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
  1:00 p.m. Garden Tractor Pull (Grandstand)
  7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby (RESERVED SEATS Grandstand)

Russell Jackson
Trinity Amusements

11:00 a.m. – Close
All day Wristband is $25.00
5:00 p.m. to Close Wristband is $18.00
Single tickets are $1.00

KIDS’ DAYS 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Sand Burr Run

A Carroll County Illinois Destination Golf Course



Sand Burr Run
5020 Illinois Route 84
Thomson, Illinois 61285

Looking for a great place to stay during your visit to Carroll County, Illinois? We’ve got you covered! Sandburr Run Golf Course & Resort (formerly known as Bucks Barn Hotel) is a recently renovated motel six miles south of Savanna, Illinois and three miles north of Thomson. Whether you’re a biker planning a visit to one of Illinois’ biggest biker destinations, a golfer looking for a weekend getaway, or just a traveler passing through, we’d love to have you stay with us. We’ve added a thirty four foot long bar that features a wide variety of beers and liquors. Our motel has forty-four rooms. The featured rooms at Sandburr Run are the “King Suites”. However, the “Double Queen” rooms are equally clean and comfortable. We take pride in treating all of our guests like family! If there is anything you may need at all, we will do our very best to accommodate you. All our employees are here to ensure you have a great and safe time during your stay with us. For availability and room rates please call 815-902-6063, or contact us through our Contact Form.

Our expected open date for the golf course is July 15th, 2014. We have the original 9 holes of Sandburr Run Golf Course (formerly known as Lynwood Links). We offer competitive membership and green fees. Watch for details as we get closer to completing the new golf course.

Sandburr Run is located on the former Curley Farm. In 1976. the Curley’s decided to quit growing watermelons and start a restaurant. They remodeled the barn into a restaurant and turned their field into a golf course and subdivision. They successfully operated Buck’s Barn until 1984. Many people were interested in purchasing the thriving business and the Curley’s hand selected Jack Viviani to continue what they had started.

Mr. Viviani hails from the Quad Cities with much experience in the restaurant business. Within five years, he added banquet rooms to the restaurant, new kitchen, the back 9 on the golf course, and the Hotel where we sit today. He also had a beautiful classic car collection on display, along with a National Champion Miniature Horse stable. Mr. Viviani successfully owned and operated the locally famous resort until 2000.

This historical location possesses a wonderful past, full of great memories, laughter, and enjoyment. We at Sandburr Run & Resort are delighted to bring this place back to life and continue to make new memories, here, on the Curley farm!

Upcoming Events


Savanna Shadfly Festival

Friday, August 22, 2014 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come to Marquette Park in downtown Savanna for a lighted boat parade on the Mississippi, music, beer tent, crafts, and more! Check out the Savanna in Motion Facebook page for more details.


Thomson’s Melon Days Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Come to the Heirloom Market & Cafe located along the Great River Road (Route 84) for bluegrass music, bounce houses, petting zoo, and lots of fun for all ages!


Mount Carroll Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit Mount Carroll’s website for an updated activity list.


Mount Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM

The Mount Carroll GREAT PUMPKIN STREET DRAGS will feature REAL pumpkin race cars battling in a unique side-by-side single elimination races featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Race Cars in a funky and hilarious display of American ingenuity. Entries in each age bracket will battle head-to-head for cash prizes! All races take place in downtown Mount Carroll beginning at 1:00 PM.

Argo Acres

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Argo Acres
16295 Argo Fay Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285

Proprietors: Dennis & Diane Etnyre

We grow a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables that we sell at our farm stand in Argo Fay and at Lyons Farmers Market in Clinton, Iowa. April-June: Early in the season we have asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries plus early season greens and vegetables. These are usually sold by order. July-November: Our farm stand opens daily in July with the start of green beans, sweet corn, and tomato harvest; and remains open through November with pumpkins, squash, gourds, and Indian corn. We also have apples, red raspberries, melons, and other seasonal vegetables. The only times we close are Wednesdays at 3:00 PM while at the farmers market and Saturday mornings. We open Saturday at 1:00. Otherwise we remain open. Produce is picked fresh daily.

Our children were active in 4H, FFA, and showed produce at local fairs. For more than twenty years, we’ve grown what we sell and it’s fresh from the garden, not shipped in. Not only is it nutritious, but our produce has that great homegrown taste, which both local customers and visitors enjoy.

The greatest challenge of operating our business is growing a constant supply with multiple plantings and extending the growing season. Of course, each year the weather presents various unpredictable challenges. Nevertheless, Carroll County features a great rural atmosphere with many neat people. We enjoy what we do and like meeting with the people that stop.

Mount Carroll, Illinois by Chad Winterland

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Teresa Hammer Photography

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Teresa Hammer Photography
2 East Market Street
Shannon, Illinois 61078

Proprietor: Teresa Hammer

Like many moms, photography became an interest after my first child was born. In 2011, I started Teresa Hammer Photography. God has given me this gift and has made my business what it is. I am blessed by the doors He has opened for me to pursue this love. I am thankful for the family and friends who have believed in me and encouraged me.

In the studio or at a location of your choice,  I love to see God’s vision for your family, in all stages of life. I love to capture the connections between parents and children, engaged couples, or the fresh new life a baby brings. I like to have fun at every photo session and get the standard posed shots as well.

My husband, Joe Jr, and I have lived in the Shannon and Lanark area for most of our lives. We love the history and beauty in Carroll County. There is a large sense of community. You know your neighbors and everyone helps out.