I survived the storm!

I survived the storm!

Yesterday while at the Pinckneyville American Heritage Thresherman’s Association tractor show, the wind blew, the thunder boomed, the lightening crackled and the rain poured. Safe and sound under Annie Jansen’s extended camper awning I sat secure enjoying the pounding of the rain. Then the big boom came when the lightening hit a nearby tree splintering wood. The poor vendor sitting near the tree had quite a scare. The tent beside the tree even had scorch marks on it. The rain came down for a while adding much needed moisture and a bit of excitement to a very cool show. Being a farmer’s wife, getting wet didn’t bother me, I just didn’t want to get fried!

The American Threshman Association has two shows each year. One is in August and the second, the Fall Festival will be held October 19, 20 & 21st. The show is held at the fair grounds in Pinckneyville, Illinois. This town is a bit sentimental to me because I was born here and my dad taught school in Nashville many, many moons ago!

I survived the storm, had fun with friends and praised the Lord for the much needed moisture.

A horse is a horse of course!  At Henson Robinson Zoo.

A horse is a horse of course!  At Henson Robinson Zoo.

I took the grandkids to the Henson Robinson Zoo, a lovely small zoo located right on Lake Springfield. After playing at the playground we struck out to the zoo along with my mom for a fun filled morning. When this horse in the picture blew through its nose, my 20 month old grandson did a shuffle toward me that could have won him awards on Dancing with the Stars.

Taking advantage of some of the great sites in your backyard like this fun little zoo in Springfield is a great way to enjoy some grandma/ grandkid time. The peacocks and horses turned out to be the scary animals while the grand babies didn’t seem to be at all phased by the bear or the monkeys. I guess I should correct that phrase because my grand daughter informed me that her brother “Is a big boy and she is a good girl.” There you have it!

The Henson Robinson Zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Shore Drive, Springfield, IL 62712. Call 217-753-6217 or log onto http://www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org for details!

Butter Cow at the Illinois State Fair

Butter Cow at the Illinois State Fair

This is the 90th year that the butter cow is gracing the Illinois State Fair. Sharon Bumen from New York has been sculpting the cow for the last eight years and six years ago they created this cooler in the round for visitors to enjoy. Dairy Building Superintendent Marla Behrends shared that before when Sharon would work that she would sculpt as beautifully behind the cow as in front. Now visitors can enjoy the entire sculpture.

Bumen will be sculpting completing the butter cow and the final result will be completed on Tuesday. Visitors to the fair can watch her work her art until that time. The butter cow is a tradition at the Illinois State Fair. Everyone enjoys viewing the cow before sampling a dairy treat. The Illinois State Fair runs August 9-19. Children making homeade birthday cards may win a dairy treat. Create your own tradition at this year’s Illinois State Fair where the motto is Family Fun for Everyone!

Fun at 9 Irish Brothers

Fun at 9 Irish Brothers

At this year’s Graham Bradley tractor gathering, a group of women, five of us from Illinois, Iowa and Ohio set out to tour the Lafayette and West Lafayette countryside. After antiquing in the morning

At Courtside Grill it's all about the food!

At Courtside Grill it's all about the food!

Traveling south to the Red Power Round Up Keith and I stopped at a great diner in Pinckneyville, Illinois, the town where I was born. My dad was a school teacher for a few short years in Nashville and we wanted to check out the local cuisine. Are we glad we did! Crab cakes and Parmesan Shrimp, French Onion Soup a Caeser salad and several helpings of ther Roesemary table flatbread and we waddled out of the restaurant to the truck.

Owned by Debbie and Brian Bender Courtside Grill and Bar just recently had a reopening with a new manager, Tracy Startweather. With years of experience under he belt this award winning manager said she enjoyed bringing something different to Perry County. The grill has the local sports decor sharing Panther highlights over the years which offers something for the locals along food that won’t be forgotten. Together this makes for a winning combo and a great place for travelers to stop whether you are talking lunch or dinner. Highlights of the dinner menu include Garlic Parmesan Pork, Bacon Wrapped Beef Filet and Smothered Chicken. For lighter eaters, there is also chicken tenders and fish tacos. Pizza is also big at Courtside and they offer an array of pizza choices that you can check out on the link below.

Traveling to the American Thresherman’s Show or to the DuQuoin Fair? If so, we reccomend a stop at the Courside Grill. Call 618-357-2244 for details and tell them Cindy sent you!