Events

Summerfield Zoo celebrates the grand opening of the Jeannie Hayes Memorial Hyena Habitat

Summerfield Zoo celebrates the grand opening of the Jeannie Hayes Memorial Hyena Habitat

BELVIDERE–Summerfield Zoo is excited to announce the grand opening of the Jeannie Hayes Memorial Hyena Habitat.  We would like to welcome the public to help us celebrate the grand opening on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. “This habitat has been a long time in the making.  We are excited to […]

 
 

Harvest Fundraiser for Michelle Courier for Boone County State’s Attorney

Harvest Fundraiser for Michelle Courier for Boone County State’s Attorney

BELVIDERE – The Citizens to Elect Michelle Courier will be hosting a fundraiser for Michelle Courier on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the VFW located at 1310 W. Lincoln in Belvidere. The event is open to the public.  Tickets are $25.  Children 10 and under […]

 
 

Edwards Apple Orchard opens with great enthusiasm

Edwards Apple Orchard opens with great enthusiasm

By Kathryn Menue Editor POPLAR GROVE – The weather has begun to tease everyone with the fluctuation that means fall is coming. With the cooler temperatures creeping in and out, and the wind picking up momentum to break the changing leaves from the trees, the rush of getting in all […]

 
 

Real Beal’s One Man Band performs at Boone County Fair

Real Beal’s One Man Band performs at Boone County Fair

By Michele Gruba Reporter BELVIDERE – The Real Beal’s One Man Band is truly a one of a kind musical experience. Jeff and his wife Nancy both sing while Jeff plays all the instruments;guitar, kick drum, and snare drum. Their marital bond did not start with the one man band […]

 
 

Perry School kicks off the new school year with a splash

Perry School kicks off the new school year with a splash

By Michele Gruba Reporter BELVIDERE – The excitement was in the air Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25, at Perry School’s Parent, Teacher, Child Organization (PTCO) annual ice cream social. Students, staff and parents filled the lawn anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jody Dahlseng, the principal at Perry School, to kick things […]

 
 

University of Illinois Extension hosts Farm Stroll

BOONE COUNTY – Are you wondering where to find local food and farm products in Boone County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the Boone County Farm Stroll.  The stroll is a self-guided tour of a dozen diversified family farms located in Boone County. The University of Illinois […]

 
 

Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum announces upcoming event

POPLAR GROVE – The Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum is very excited to host an evening with Captain Chuck Downey and Carl Johnson on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Captain Chuck is a Distinguished Flying Cross Medal Recipient and the youngest Naval Aviator of World War II. Captain Chuck […]

 
 

Boone County 4-H announces dairy show results

BELVIDERE – The Boone County 4-H announced the winners from the Boone County Fair Dairy Shows. The Supreme Calf Champion Award, donated by Javurek Chiropractic, was awarded to Emily Irwin of Belvidere. The Reserve Supreme Calf Champion went to Brock Irwin of Belvidere. The Calf Champion Registered Holstein Award, donated […]

 
 

Boone County Conservation District hosts annual Autumn Pioneer Festival

BELVIDERE – The Boone County Conservation District in Belvidere will hold the 34th Annual Autumn Pioneer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center and Festival Grounds located at 603 N. Appleton Road. Travel back to the 1800s and learn about the lifestyles […]

 
 

County fair politics: Who’s Bernie Sanders? Just ask some of the folks in Iowa

County fair politics:  Who’s Bernie Sanders? Just ask some of the folks in Iowa

  By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – There was some excitement Sunday in a couple of the political booths along the Midway, as the 156th Boone County Fair came to a close. Those in the booths produced their iPhones to show the most recent poll had Democrat Bernie Sanders running […]