The Williamson County Fair continues to draw residents from Southern Illinois and beyond. The grandstand events still thrill young and old alike and the Saturday Championship Demo Derby is always sold out long before the first car takes to the track. Local residents bring their arts and crafts for cash prizes and of course bragging rights with the ribbons. Horsemen have enjoyed harness races on the same track for over a hundred years. On the east end of the grounds, Western, Gaited, and Speed horse shows are well attended.
Sept. 12, Saturday-The McLean Co. Barn Keepers will hold their 10th annual tour in Chenoa Twp., Chenoa, Il. from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Maps and registration will be available at the Chenoa Methodist Church from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Pick up your map and travel at your own leisure. Rain or shine. 309-475-6951 or 309-378-2406 www.mcleancobarnkeepers.org. See us on Facebook.
A historic tour of Flora’s Elmwood Cemetery. Your evening will begin and conclude at the Flora Depot. Board hayride wagons and be transported into Elmwood Cemetery. You’ll stay aboard the wagons and find several interesting characters waiting to tell their stories. Tickets purchased at the event, concessions available.
3-5 PM: Stamp Cancellation (Uptown Station 1st Floor)
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 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 the Normal Post Office in Uptown Normal.
5 PM: The Greatest Show on Earth Reception (Marriott Conference Center Lobby off North Street)
6 PM: The Greatest Show on Earth Pre-Movie Presentation (Normal Theater)
Join us on Friday, September 11 at the Normal Theater for a fascinating window into the history of circus life in Normal, Illinois! At 6:00 pm, Bobbie Horton Therault – daughter of Gamma Phi Circus founder Clifford “Pop” Horton – will talk about her experience growing up with the circus in Normal. After her remarks, she will be joined by Tino Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas for an audience Q & A.
7 PM: The Greatest Show on Earth (Normal Theater)
At 7:00 pm the openings credits will roll for a showing of The Greatest Show on Earth, the 1952 Oscar-winning movie that includes a performance by Tino’s father and appearances by many professional circus performers who spent their winters practicing in the barns of Normal-Bloomington.