August 2014

When we went to the spring swap meet it rained, and when we went to the late summer tractor show it rained. There must be something about the Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Show that draws moisture out of the skies.  Before we went we went online to check the weather, there was an […]

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On a recent girls trip to Southern Illinois I found myself in Carbondale at Lipe Orchard where we made a stop to accommodate my husband’s love of Southern Illinois peaches.  The peaches were just part of the produce available at this family business.  I had fun speaking to Rose Lipe who told me that her […]

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When I covered the Lincoln, Illinois Balloon Festival taking place this weekend, August 22-24th, I saw that they were offering hot air balloon rides.  This has been on bucket list for a couple of years, the thought of floating over fields and forest has long been a dream of mine so I didn’t hesitate when […]

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These 33rd annual Antique Power Steam and Gas Show was held August 7-10 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in LaGrange Indiana and Ferguson equipment was the featured brand.  This year the Ferguson Enthusiasts of North America (FENA) held their National show on the grounds and the show brought around 66 Fergusons to the show with some […]

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Horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and goats may be the mainstay at the fair, but Eudora Farms from South Carolina (near Aiken) had an array of exotic animals that kids and adults alike could enjoy up close and personal. This was one of my favorite stops at the fair. Located in the former Happy Hollow, I […]

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  A night out at the Illinois State Fair always spells the end of summer for a farm girl.  This was kind of a last hurrah, a fun concert and walk through the grounds with my friend Rose before harvest time.  Our first stop was the Illinois Lottery where Rose everything out.  We entered the […]

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Got out the hat, got out the boots and turned it all in for tennis shoes!  Getting ready to go to the Hunter Hayes concert tonight. The concert is part of the Anything is Possible Music Series put on by the Illinois Lottery.  I got the lucky blog writer draw to be able to cover […]

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The Illinois State Fair is here, my husband is getting the combine ready for harvest and the tomatoes are ripe, this all means summer like a full moon is beginning to wax and wane. For a last hurrah with the grandkids my daughter and I headed down to St. Louis Zoo. The first stop on […]

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There is something magical to me about old steam engines. Steam trains, steam engines, water and heat working together seems natural. I know the engines take someone with a great knowledge and talent to run the old beauties and I appreciate the effort that the collectors take to bring these huge machines to shows. Over […]

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