I spent three days last week at the Illinois Press Association’s convention in Springfield. As always, it was a lot of fun, and I also learned a lot. That’s what is so cool about this profession; we’re always able to learn new things, techniques, etc.
What continually makes me happy at these conventions is how much the Bureau County Republican is respected among our peers and colleagues around the state. Even though we are a small tri-weekly newspaper, there aren’t many folks at this statewide convention who haven’t heard of the BCR coupled with our integrity and credibility. That’s a direct compliment to our staff, who definitely go the extra mile to produce one of the state’s leading newspapers. Check out our awards on Page 2 in today’s BCR.
I also had a fun experience while at the convention. I was running a bit late for a seminar, and as I was waiting for the elevator, the fellow next to me said, “I know you.” I glanced at him and was surprised to see former Bureau County resident, Pastor Doug Zimmerman of Sheffield, who pastored the Sheffield UCC. What a pleasant surprise! We spent quite a while chatting and catching up on old times. Fun!
Summer officially begins this Saturday morning, and the county has already had quite a few summer events. I hope you’ll attend as many as possible, since a lot of time, energy and money go into the preparation of these fun-filled activities.
• This Friday, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the annual Beef and Ag Day Festival at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton. Besides a great tractor trail ride and tractor show, there will be great food — the wonderful beef products prepared by the Bureau County Cattleman Association and more. You’ll want to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the Heartland Bank and Trust-sponsored country singer, Mary Pfeifer, who will wow you with her songs of legendary country singer Patsy Cline. Pfeifer will take the place of the regular appearance of the Decatur Park Singers, who have disbanded. From the sounds of things, it’s going to be a great show.
Also at the event, you’ll want to watch for the Discovery Barnyard and hands-on activities for children. Representatives from the commodity groups will also announce the 2014 Bureau County Agricultural Service Award Winner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the announcement of the 2014 Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship winners and intern for the summer.
The Bureau County Farm Bureau is working with several entities in the county to create this fun-filled event. I hope to see you there!
• Also on Friday, Sunset Ridge MX Park in Walnut will host Part 2 of their Fourth Annual Susan G. Komen Track Walks for Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. The first walk (Part 1), held on May 30, raised just over $10,000 for the Quad Cities and Memorial Affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The walk begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, and registration at the event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is available prior to June 19 online at www.sunsetridgemx.com or at the track for $15. What a great event!
• The sixth annual Old Wheels Car Show will be held Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, 116 N. Pleasant St., Princeton. The show includes tractors, motorcycles and stationary engines from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All model year entries are welcome. There will also be train rides for the children, food, entertainment and a bake sale. A perfect Saturday event.
Busy, busy times ... Have fun, and remember to set aside some time for yourself and those you love. Have a great week. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.
BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.