Parks and Recreation

Freedom Festival set for July 3

Monticello Freedom Fest will once again take place beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, July 3 at Lodge Park. There will be pony rides, novelties, B.C. DJ’s and Productions music, food vendors, inflatables and fireworks starting at dark.

Camping at Allerton to be allowed during Prairie Skies

The area around the Sun Singer statue at Allerton Park & Retreat Center could see its largest crowd in decades during the Prairie Sky Music Festival Aug. 18-19.

Ham radio event June 24-25

Members of the Piatt County Ham Radio Club (“Picorams”) will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 24-25 in the south side of the building at the Monticello Airport. The event is open to the public and runs from 12 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and runs through 12 p.m.

Annual rodeo begins Thursday, June 22

The Piatt County Trail Blazer’s 63rd Annual Rodeo is set to kick off on Thursday, June 22 and runs through Saturday, June 24. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m.

Piatt County Fair schedule

The Piatt County Fair begins Thursday at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo. The schedule of events includes:

Thursday, June 15

12 p.m. – Beer Barn opens

County Fair is June 15-18

Since the end of the 2016 Fair, the Piatt County Fair board has been planning for the 2017 Fair, scheduled for June 15-18 at the fairg

Praise in the Park is June 11

Monticello Christian Academy’s 11th Annual Praise in the Park will feature six Christian bands, kids games, and ha

Full day, night of activities at Old Glory Festival

Bement’s Old Glory Festival is honoring the American flag for a 10th straight year, and will cel

Allerton Park book includes architectural details

A new book recently published about Allerton Park focuses on the architecture and history of the 1900 mansion and other structures that dot the 1,500-acre estate, now owned by the University of Illinois.

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