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by Steve Robinson

Council Members, Town Staff Get Sneak Peek At Uptown’s Hyatt Place Hotel

Hyatt Place Hotel, the newest landmark for Uptown Normal’s skyline, opened to welcome guests with what hotel management called a soft opening on Thursday. A more formal ceremony to christen the hotel will take place Thursday, Sept. 10.
But before guests check in, members of Normal Town Council, Town Staff, and reporters received a guided tour of the $25 million facility prior to the Council’s regularly-scheduled meeting Aug. 17. The guide for the tour was Rodney Brittain, the hotel’s general manager.
As part of the agreement with the hotel’s developer, Chicago-based Tartan Realty Group, the Town contributed $5.1 million for the project.
The ground floor of the eight-story building greets guests with a complimentary breakfast buffet area near the check-in desk and a cozy sitting area with ceilings two stories high at the building’s southwest corner.
The 114-room hotel has a business center and pool on the ground floor, meeting rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center on the second floor. Guest rooms occupy the remaining floors. Brittain said the hotel, located at 200 Broadway in Uptown Normal, “has several different features including complementary Wi-Fi, and complementary parking.” The breakfast area will operate daily from 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
“We are able, on our menu, to do pretty much anything at any given hour,” Brittain said of the culinary options available to guests. All employees, regardless of what their job is, are referred to as “hosts,” he added.
Being in the hotel “is no different than inviting you into our homes,” Brittain explained as a selling point for future guests.
The tour also included a look at rooms with 1- and 2 queen-size beds. Each of those rooms had a sitting area, big screen TV, desk area with chair, refrigerator and microwave oven, and full bath.
Groundbreaking Scheduled Next Spring For Apartments: The look and feel of the hotel is the result of Hyatt Place management “having certain requirements,” explained Doug Reichl, President of Tartan Realty Group. “The architects went to great lengths to make sure the building’s look fit in with the other structures in Uptown,” Reichl told reporters following the tour.
Reichl added he thought what Hyatt Place offers travelers “is a huge compliment to what’s being offered at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott,” referring to the hotel across the street from Hyatt Place. The Bloomington-Normal Marriott is located at 201 Broadway in Uptown and has been in operation since late summer 2009.
  Luxury apartments are slated to be built on the site next spring, which was part of Tartan Realty Group’s development plan for the property, as well. Reichl said agreements with the Town need to be worked on but he envisions breaking ground for that next phase of the project taking place next spring. Construction on that portion of the project should take 10 months.
Reichl said that portion of the project will be four stories high with a first floor dedicated to retail, most likely a restaurant. He said that part of the project has been designed, but as yet, he said, “We haven’t gone out and priced it.”




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‘How the Bison Came Back’ to be topic of Sept. 10 presentation
The John Wesley Powell Audubon Society will sponsor a presentation on “How the Bison Came Back: Staff, Volunteer Stewards and Scientists Restore Natural Communities at Nachusa Grasslands.” at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 10 at the Illinois Wesleyan University Center for Natural Sciences, CNS C101. Bill Kleiman, the Nachusa Grasslands Project Director with The Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation on Nachusa Grasslands and discuss the ongoing restoration efforts including the reintroduction of bison to the site.     
In 1986, The Nature Conservancy acquired 400 acres of small prairie remnants scattered among cornfields in northern Illinois.  Today Nachusa Grasslands comprises some 3100 acres of restored and reconstructed prairie, and it is home to 700 native plant species, 180 species of birds — and now wild bison.  Bison were reintroduced in October 2014 to maintain the biodiversity of the prairie by their natural grazing behavior.  The first bison calves were born in April of this year.  Bill will discuss the ongoing restoration efforts at Nachusa that have been recognized as among the best in the country.






Heartland Theatre Company opens ‘Tribes’ with Sept. 10 with  Pay-What-U-Can Preview
Pay-What-You-Can Preview Special Performances for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
 Heartland Theatre Company opens “TRIBES” by Nina Raine, on Thursday, Sept. 10 with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview.  Performances continue through September 27. Two special performances will be signed by interpreters, September 20 and 24, made possible by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Arts and Culture grant. The play is sponsored by Drake Zimmerman and Jan Elfline.
Sandra Zielinski, retired Professor of Theatre at Illinois State University and frequent director at Heartland, directs TRIBES, featuring actors Connie Blick, Colin Law, Cristen Monson, Aaron Sparks, Christopher Stucky, Kaitlyn Wehr and Tim Wyman. 
About the play:  Born deaf into a hearing family, Billy has adapted to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never returned the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Tribes earned an Olivier nomination for Best New Play. [Strong language & mature themes]
Performances: September 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19, 20* and 24*, 25, 26, 27 – 2015
*Special Performances with Interpreters Signing
Sunday, September 20, Panel Discussion After The Matinee:
Understanding The Deaf World
Dramaturg and Signing Advisor to the Cast, Brooke Hausmann will provide stimulating insight into the world of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the language of signing, and what Billy is experiencing.  Experts on family dysfunction will also speak and field questions.
Ticket Prices: General Admission - $15, Senior Discount - $12, Student Discount - $5
Group rates available:  Email boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org for a rate quote.
Curtain Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees (No performance on Sunday, September 13.)
GPS Location: 1110 Douglas St, One Normal Plaza, Community Activity Center (Print out a user-friendly map from our website)
For reservations call 309 452 8709 or email boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org.
Reservations Recommended for all performances, except Pay-What-You-Can. No reservations taken on that night only for other than season ticket holders.
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Heartland Theatre Co. holding auditions August 30 & 31 for ‘Intimate Apparel’
Heartland Theatre Company will be holding auditions on Sunday and Monday, August 30 and 31 for Intimate Apparel directed by Don LaCasse
Audition dates and times are Sunday from 1 pm to 3:30 pm and on Monday from 7:00 pm  to 9:30 pm. Performance dates will be November 5, 6, 7; 12, 13, 14, 15; 19, 20, 21, 22, 2015.
Auditions will take place at Heartland Theatre Company, 1110 Douglas St, One Normal Plaza in the Normal Community Activity Center
Check out “AUDITIONS” on Heartland’s website at http://heartlandtheatre.org/auditions/ for more information such as a short summary of the play, the number of men and women, age ranges, needed for the play and character descriptions
Write to boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org if you have any questions.



5th Annual ‘Cruise-In at the Mansion’ Sept. 12 fundraiser for historic site
Vehicles of all ages and styles are welcome to join the fifth annual “Cruise-In at the Mansion” fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
There’s no entry fee for participating vehicles, and the public can get a look at these classic cars for a donation of just $5. Proceeds go to the David Davis Mansion Foundation for programs and services at the historic home.
“Cruise-in at the Mansion” is sponsored by the Car Community Automobile Club and will feature no judging or trophies – just a day of enjoyment for vehicle owners and enthusiasts.
Vehicles will be displayed on the grounds of the 1870s Victorian mansion from noon to 4 p.m. Food concessions will be offered, and the band “The Bygones” will provide live entertainment.
 Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 participants. To reserve one, email ccacbi@gmail.com or call (309) 378-4391. Vehicle check-in begins at 11 a.m. the day of the event.
The mansion, 1000 E. Monroe in Bloomington, was built in 1872 by David Davis, a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who played a major role in getting Abraham Lincoln elected president.
Operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the mansion is open for public tours Wednesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs at the site.






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Town of Normal and Post Office Partner to Celebrate 150 Years
In honor of the 150th anniversary, the Town has created a special cancellation stamp and cache envelope. A cancellation stamp is the ink stamp that the post office stamps over the postage once an item has been mailed. The stamp template is used for a limited time and then destroyed. A cache envelope is a standard letter envelope with an illustration printed on it.
For one day only on Friday, September 11, 2015, the Normal Post Office will use the Normal 1-5-0 cancellation stamp to hand-cancel any item (envelope, brochure, or sheet of paper) on which postage has been placed. This rare opportunity will only be offered at Uptown Station (first floor) in Uptown Normal from 3 to 5 pm. This event is free to the public. For more information about Normal 1-5-0 events, visit www.normal.org/150events.



Ecology Action Center schedules October 17
Household Hazardous Waste collection event
The Ecology Action Center’s public-private partnership for an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event is making great progress. With 81% of the $180,000 goal met, the EAC decided to move forward with an October HHW event for McLean County residents.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mitsubishi Motors North America, located at 100 N. Mitsubishi Motorway in Normal. Participation will be limited to McLean County residents. Illinois regulations mandate that only residential HHW may be collected—no business or commercially generated wastes can be accepted.
In the past, state-sponsored HHW collections were a legal, safe, and reliable way of disposing of HHW in Illinois, but budget cuts resulted in the loss of state funding for five years. In 2012, the EAC decided that the community needed to take matters into its own hands. They developed a public-private partnership to cover the costs of holding a one-day collection. The unprecedented turnout at that event led local government partners to increase support for the 2015 collection. HHW collections are expensive; this year’s will cost $180,000. The City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, and McLean County have provided $140,000. Private donations and sponsorships have contributed an additional $5,000. Current sponsors and event partners include Home Sweet Home Ministries, Midwest Fiber, WGLT, McLean County Health Department, and McLean County Regional Planning Commission.
The Ecology Action Center needs support from private individuals to make this a success. Donations to the McLean County HHW Fund may be made online at HHWmclean.org or by sending a check to the Ecology Action Center at 202 W College Avenue, Normal, IL 61761. The EAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions and sponsorships are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Fundraising efforts will continue through the date of the HHW collection.
More details including what materials can and cannot be accepted at this event are available at HHWmcLean.org. Volunteers are needed to help with traffic control at the event; signup is also available online.



Fall Lunch and Learn sessions to begin Sept. 10 at History Museum
Collaborative Solutions Institute, Illinois Wesleyan University and the McLean County Museum of History has announced the Lunch and Learn sessions for Fall 2015.
Sessions will be held in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom (2nd floor) of the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main Street, Bloomington, Illinois. The sessions are held the second Thursday of each month over the lunch hour starting at 12:10 pm. Sessions are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.
Sept. 10 - Exploring Pluto: Linda French, Professor of Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University
The latest results from the NASA New Horizons flyby through the Pluto system will be presented and discussed.  Scientists are learning that this fascinating world, 40 times as far from the Sun as the Earth, is far more active than we ever imagined it could be.  The implications of our new knowledge of Pluto and its moons for understanding our Solar System and its formation will also be discussed.
Oct. 8 - Common Sense Counseling: Julia Madden Bozarth, Clinical Counselor, Motivational Speaker, Collaborative Solutions Institute
Positive Communications Skills to practice in every relationship: workplace, parenting, friendships, couples, social settings, as well as common sense ‘boundaries’ to maintain your own sanity in a busy life.
Nov. 12 - Ask the Architect: Russel Francois, Architect, Francois Associates
To hire or not? When should you hire an architect? What is a custom house? What does an architect do? What does a contractor do? Who’s responsible for what? How to avoid conflicts with the architect/contractor/builder.
Dec. 10 - Making Poetry Matter: Poetry and the Archive in the Twenty-First Century: Joanne Diaz, Associate Professor of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Archives provide poets with a way to capture the past and retool it for their own uses. Over the past twenty years in particular, a significant number of poets have turned to archives in order to exhume some of history’s most difficult narratives, focusing on race, gender, and violence as they have been central to the American experience. During this Lunch & Learn session, we will read and discuss selections from Martha Collins’ Blue Front in order to see how Collins uses the archive to create a poetics of engagement.”




McLean County Property Taxes Due September 1st
McLean County second installment real estate property taxes are due Tuesday, September 1st.  Payments not received in the office or postmarked by September 1st will be assessed a statutory interest penalty of 1.5% per month.
Payments are accepted in the Government Center at 115 E. Washington Street, Room M101, Bloomington.  Office hours are 8AM to 4:30PM.  The Collector’s payment drop box is located off of the East Street entrance to the building.  Tax payments may also be mailed, paid by credit card online (fee applies), or paid at most local banks.  Taxpayer’s should check with their bank to make sure they accept tax payments.
Taxpayers may obtain a duplicate copy of their bill by visiting www.mcleancountyil.gov, emailing treasurer@mcleancountyil.gov or calling 309-888-5180. Taxpayers that did not receive a bill because they recently purchased a property, no longer escrow or moved,  should contact the office.  All mailing address changes related to the bill should be reported to the Supervisor of Assessments office by emailing assessor@mcleancountyil.gov or calling 309-888-5130.
The annual delinquent tax sale is October 28th.


HCE Units to study Essential Oils during September
McLean County Home and Community Education (HCE)

groups will be learning about “Essential Oils” during their September meetings. The Fact Find is on Garden Winding Down. Other programs and workshops: Sept. 14, 1-4 pm, Homemade Candy and Cookie Exchange, Extension Office Auditorium 1615 Commerce Parkway Bloomington RSVP/Fees by Sept. 8, Edna 309-662-5520; Sept. 21, 9 am-12 pm and 1-4p, Community Service Day Making Christmas stockings for soldiers at the Farm Bureau Building off W. Market St., Karen-309 828 9559; Sept. 21, 2-3:30 pm, Read & Share, discuss the book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb, Extension Office Board Room, LaVonne, 309-661-6391.
On Sept. 22, 1-3 pm, a free program, “The ABC’s of GMO’s” will be presented by Jenna Smith at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 Hershey Rd, Normal, Delilah 309 532 0314.
The public is most welcome at all meetings and programs. Individual units meet as follows:
Downs: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1, Downs Firehouse; salad lunch following meeting; Hostesses: Margaret Curry, Dorothy Donovan, and Maria Copley; Program, Becky Toohill; 309 661 9251.
Eastsiders: 9 a.m. Sept. 4, 9:00 am, Unity Center, 632 Orlando Avenue, Normal; 309 310 9205
Dale: 10 a.m. Sept. 9; Dale Township Town Hall at Covell; potluck salad luncheon following the meeting; program, Nancy Sosedik; 309 829 8975.
Dry Grove: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10; Brunch at Denny’s in Normal followed by meeting; 309 452 7059.
Normal: 9:15 a.m. Sept. 14; Evergreen Place, Gregory & Adelaide, Normal; program, Bea Olson; 309 452 6750
Money Creek: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14; Lexington Community Center; bag lunch followed by meeting, hostess Helen Leake; 309 365 4681
Towanda: 7 p.m. Sept. 14; Towanda Community Building; program, Bev Hornickel, Fact Find, Jeanie Wager; 309 663 4796
Night Owls: 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16; home of Shirley McElvain, bring potluck dish; weiner roast followed by meeting; bring donations for United Church food pantry or other; 309 275-6723
Lexington: 2 p.m. Sept. 21; Lexington Community Center; hostess, Trish Morrison; program, Dorothy Myers; 309 365 8055







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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
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Fri & Sat, Aug. 28 & 29 • 7 pm
A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money. Unrated / 105 min.
Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
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Barn Quilt Heritage Trail to Host an Opening Event Saturday, August 29 at the David Davis Mansion
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail McLean County will host an opening event for the new quilts for 2015 on Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the David Davis Mansion Historic Site. Admission is free and coffee and donuts will be available. The fourth year for the barn quilt trail, there are now 38 barn quilts in McLean County.
Words on Quilts, original poems about McLean County barn quilts, are written by local published poets; this year’s poets are Kathleen Kirk, Peg Kirk, Ardis L. Stewart, M. Irene Taylor, and Bill Morgan, all affiliated with Illinois Voices Theatre. The authors will share their poems at 10:15 a.m. Barn Quilt Heritage Trail is the only trail in the United States that features poetry written about these beautiful 8 x 8-foot barn quilts.
An auction of 15 new 2 x 2-foot barn quilts will follow the reading of the poetry. Gordon Ropp, auctioneer and member of the quilt committee, will run the auction.
Nine new quilts were created in 2015. Several of the new owners were instrumental in designing and painting their own quilts. One quilt has been created in memory of Dr. George Stimeling, long time superintendent of District 87 schools. The colors of the quilt have been chosen to reflect his educational positions and sports interests. It joins several of the quilts that are on Route 66 and can be seen by the many tourists who travel the “Mother Road” throughout the year.
With the help of Leaders on Loan, the barn quilt committee was able to produce a video of our barn quilts and their relation to the history of the county, which can be found at www.mcleancountybarnquilts.org.
LetaGail Doerr, Glen Harbin, Joe Tulley, Jade Hursey, and Brian Dossett, working with the University of Illinois Extension, created a brochure that highlights three 2-hour tours that can be taken to see all of the quilts in McLean County. The brochures and a new booklet containing pictures of all 38 quilts, poems, and write-ups about the owners will be available at noon at the opening event.
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail McLean County highlights the agricultural heritage of the county, along with history, arts, Route 66, and quilting.


August 28th Free CUB Clinic To Analyze Utility Bills In Normal
How To Cut Costs By Hundreds Of Dollars A Year
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze utility bills at a free clinic to help Normal-area residents save potentially hundreds of dollars a year.
Consumers should bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free, one-on-one consultation with a CUB expert, who will search for ways to lower their utility costs. CUB’s utility-bill clinic is, co-hosted by state Rep. Dan Brady, is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 25 at the Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.
Please register by calling CUB’s office, at 1-877-782-7005, or emailing events@citizensutilityboard.org.
CUB will give consumers information on:
• How to spot unnecessary charges on natural gas, electric and phone bills.
• Energy efficiency programs and rebates that can help people cut their utility bills.
• Normal’s municipal aggregation rate (4.646 cents per kilowatt-hour [kWh] through June 2016 with Homefield Energy), and how it compares to Ameren’s standard rate.
• Optional power-pricing plans like peak time rebates and hourly pricing that could lower electric bills.
• CUB services, including its toll-free Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556.
Attendees should bring their utility bills so a CUB expert can analyze them.
CUB is Illinois’ leading nonprofit utility watchdog. Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, it has saved consumers more than $20 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds. For more information, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, or visit its award-winning website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org.


Tenth Annual Barn Keepers Barn Tour features barns of Chenoa Township
The McLean Co. Barn Keepers has organized their tenth annual barn tour featuring eight historically significant and unique barns in Cenoa Township as well as a tour of the Matthew T. Scott Home. Mr. Scott was the founder of the city of Chenoa.
The event is to be held Saturday, September 12 from 9-4 p.m. with registration being open from 9-2 p.m. The Welcome Center for purchasing the Barn Tour History Booklet and map is located at the Chenoa Methodist Church, 204 S. Division St., north of Rt 24 in Chenoa. This event will be held-rain or shine.
Barn information and census maps will also be available as well a an opportunity to talk with a barn restoration contractor. A unique barn picture will be raffled off. Coffee and donuts will be available in the a.m.
Antique tractors and some farm animals will also be available for viewing on this tour which you travel at your own pace and get out and view the barns inside and out.
The admission is $20 per carload. Bicycles, motorcycles and antique cars are welcome.
Our title sponsor is Bates Commodities and supporting sponsors are Drake Zimmerman and Twin Grove Wind Farm.
Chenoa can be reached from the north and south by traveling I-55 and from the east and west by traveling Rt. 24.
Additional information is at www.barnkeepers.org, Facebook or 309-378-2406 or 309-475-6951.



Nchs Alumni Foundation to hold Special Recognition Awards Dinner Sept. 16
Please join us for this inaugural event during Homecoming 2015 week recognizing alumni and showcasing current students through dinner, musical selections and decorations. The dinner will be held Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 pm in the NCHS Auditorium.
Ironmen Service to the School Award: Sam Perroni and Hunt Henderson, Class of 1966, Attorneys at Law
Award for Exemplary Service to Education: Laurie Edge Jolicoeur, Class of 1980, Latin Teacher, Lyons Township High School and Jim Taber, Class of 1968, Biology Teacher, Central Catholic High School
Dinner will be provided by the FFA Chapter. Reservations may be made by calling 452-7278 by September 9. Cost is $17.00 per person payable at the door.
All proceeds will go to support scholarship opportunities for NCHS students.



U of I Extension to hold Herb Programs at ISU
“Most gardeners would agree, herbs are very easy to grow, produce lush aromatic foliage, require little maintenance, minimal fertilizer, and are adaptable to many locations,” states University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. However the following question consistently comes up when there is talk of herbs, “How do I use them?”
The McLean County Master Gardeners would like to help you answer this question. In 2014 the McLean County Master Gardeners built a garden celebrating their favorite herbs at the Illinois State University Horticulture Center. The ISU Horticulture Center is located on Raab Road in Normal, Illinois, across from the Cornbelter Baseball Stadium.
Master Gardeners are now ready to share their knowledge by inviting the public to participate in programming dedicated to herbs.
Bath Salts with Herbs
August 27 at 10 a.m.
Did you know you could make these with your garden herbs? Come find out how! This will be a make-and-take.
Candle Making with Herbs
September 8 at 4-7 p.m.
Learn how to make candles using herbs from the garden. Stop by anytime for demonstration.  
Preserving Herbs to Use Throughout the Winter
September 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Demo on herb butters, vinegar, oil, ice cubes, salts and dried herbs.
*Must pay entrance fee to Autumnal Festival.
Working with Dyes from Plants
September 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Learn how to use plant dyes for painting, dyeing fabric and more.
To attend these programs, please register at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=12773  to begin your journey into the world of herbs. Please visit the University of Illinois Herb Gardening website for some delicious growing tips at http://extension.illinois.edu/herbs/intro.cfm.

2ND ANNUAL FARM CRAWL CONNECTS COMMUNITY WITH LOCAL AGRICLTURE
Three Small Farms Opening Their Farm Gates to the Public
September 13, 2015, 10:00am -5:00pm
Second annual Route 10 Farm Crawl coming this fall! Last year’s Farm Crawl attracted over 1,000 visitors to our small circle of family farms. Tour three unique specialty farms east of Clinton Illinois as they jointly host open houses at each farm. Enjoy an early autumn day “crawling” from farm to farm.
Come visit DeWitt County to see each of our individual operations. Tour the farms, visit the animals, meet the farmers, sample the goodies, opportunities to purchase locally grown & produced products, and lots of fun in the beautiful central Illinois countryside as you drive yourself from farm to farm! Entrance to all of the farms is FREE.
Each farm is planning family friendly tours and activities. An antique tractor show and antique farm truck show will also be conducted with proceeds from the two shows going to support DeWitt County Relay for Life. Visitors are encouraged to bring quarters for casting votes for the People’s Choice Award.
The three farms include: Triple M Farm: Mariah’s Mums & More, Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm, and Timberview Alpaca Farm. Visit the Farm Crawl website at www.route10farmcrawl.com for more details, maps and directions. Or call 217-722-3531 for more information.
Triple M Farm: Mariah’s Mums & More (Greg & Mariah Anderson) - Triple M Farm was established in 2008 with their first crop of 300 fall mums. Today they grow 10,000 mums. In 2014, they expanded their season beyond fall to provide the community with a local source of bedding plants, cut flowers and farm fresh produce from late spring to fall. During Farm Crawl they will have their mums and vegetables available for sale. They will also be hosting an antique tractor show, self-guided tours, antique plow demonstrations, a cooked sweet corn concession along with other local food vendors. A Case Photo Place photography will be onsite taking family photos for purchase.
Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm (Randy & Brenda Martin) - Originally dedicated to corn and soybeans, the Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm was established in 2001 with five acres of pumpkins. Today they grow 75 varieties of pumpkins, 30 varieties of gourds, and over 20 varieties of squash in addition to broom corn, Indian corn and other ornamental crops. During Farm Crawl they will have their pumpkins and fall ornamentals for sale. They will also be hosting self-guided tours and informational sessions throughout the day. Local artists will have crafts for sale and food concessions can be purchased at their onsite café.
Timberview Alpaca Farm (Rick & Elizabeth Lord & Cheryl Rich) - Timberview Alpacas was established in 2010 with the goal of raising and breeding alpacas for sale. Today they have grown their herd to 18 alpacas and use their alpacas’ fiber in the beautifully hand felted fashions and accessories they sell through their business Mama Iz’s Alpaca Creations. During the Farm Crawl they will have hand felted hats, fashion & cold/warm weather scarves and wraps, socks and kids items for sale. Peaces of You Photography will be onsite to take pictures with the alpacas for purchase. They will also be hosting an antique farm truck show.

 

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