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Sweet Corn Festival Tournament

MENDOTA — The 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held Aug. 8-10. The tournament will offer Junior and Adult divisions, with the Juniors playing on Aug. 8 and adults playing on Aug. 9-10. All matches of this year’s tourney will again be played at the Mendota High School tennis courts on the high school grounds on Route 52 north of town.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce office and Sports-N-Stuff in Mendota. They may also be obtained at or or by sending a SASE to Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce, PO BOX 620, Mendota IL 61342. Entry deadline is 4 p.m. Aug. 6. Note T-shirt deadlines: For further information, contact the Chamber office at (815) 539-6507.


Red Cross Walk

PERU — Mark your calendars now for the 22nd Annual Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at noon with the event kicking off at 1 p.m. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt.

It’s not too late to get a team together through your workplace, club and organizations or with friends and family. Walk Run Bike is a fun, family-oriented celebration that includes food, drinks, raffles, music and outdoor games that participants look forward to year after year. Kids will enjoy the Bike Rodeo that offers fun educational training and includes a free bike helmet (while supplies last).

Money raised support the local Red Cross’s local programs, including fire, flood, tornado and other disaster services training and response and mobile meal deliveries. For more info and to register, visit, call (815)223-0922 or email

Gateway 5K

PRINCETON — Gateway Services will hold its first Gateway 5K on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., starting at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. This 5K is for awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The theme this year is Superhero Showdown. Runners can choose to dress up as a superhero of their choice. There will be “villains” along the course with squirt phasers cooling the runners off as they move along the course. The Gateway 5K Superhero Showdown will start and finish at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Runners and volunteers will be able to park there and registration will be in the main building. Cost to enter the Gateway 5K is $20. After Aug. 15 it will be $35. All proceeds will go towards the programs Gateway Services provides. To register as a runner, a volunteer, to sponsor the event, or to get more information, go to

Run/Walk for the Rec 5K

PERU — The 5K Race to benefit the Peru Recreation Summer Programs will be held Aug. 23 with check-in held at 7 a.m. at Parkside School in Peru. Entry fee is $20 before Aug. 18 and $25 on day of races. Checks made payable to the City of Peru may be sent to City of Peru, Run for the Rec, 1901 4th, Peru, Ill. 61354.


SVWC golf outing

SPRING VALLEY – The Spring Valley Walleye Club 4-man golf scramble will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Spring Creek Golf Course. The event includes cart, drinks and walleye lunch. Visit for more details.

Solorio Memorial Outing

SPRING VALLEY — The Frank Solorio Memorial Golf Outing will be held Aug. 23 at Spring Creek Golf Course. Cost is $75 per golfer for the 2-person scramble, 4-person team. Registraion will start 8 a.m. registration with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Checks may be sent to the DePue Men’s Club at P.O. Box 707, DePue, Ill. 61322.

Tiger Classic

PRINCETON — The Tiger Golf Classic, sponsored by the Princeton High School Booster Club, will be held Aug. 16 at Chapel Hill Golf Course. Contact Mike Taylor at 815-878-3833 to sign up.


Mendota bags tourney

MENDOTA — The very popular sport of “Bags” will be part of this year’s 67th Celebration of Corn in Mendota.

The competition is scheduled for Sat, Aug. 9 and is being sponsored by Relay for Life of Upper Illinois Valley Relay for Life. You can pre-register for this fun event by picking up a form at the Mendota Chamber Office, downloading it at, or calling their office at (815) 539-6507. All contestants must be 21 years of age or older. Entry Fees are $40 /2 person team with 50 percent of the entry fees paid out. The remaining 50 percent goes to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Payouts based on the number of teams entered. Teams can bring their own bags, or use bags provided. The event will take place in the beer garden area of the Sweet Corn Festival (800 block of Main Street). Beverages will be available for purchase, none may be brought in. If you do not have a partner and would like to play, you will be matched up with someone. Because of the limit on the amount of teams that can enter, pre-registration is a good idea and begins at 10 a.m. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Relay for Life of Upper Illinois Valley encourages you to get into the spirit of this Sweet Corn Festival competition, and enter the Sweet Corn Festival Bags Tournament! The Bags Tournament will be part of the many things to do at Mendota’s Fest. For more information on Mendota’s 67th Annual Sweet Corn Festival visit or call (815) 539-6507.

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