Around The Town

Around The Town

Excitement builds for the 2023 Morgan County Fair in Jacksonville:
The highly anticipated annual Morgan County Fair is just around the corner, scheduled to take place from Tuesday, July 11 to Sunday, July 16. This year’s fair promises to be a thrilling experience, featuring a wide range of traditional and unique events that will captivate attendees of all ages.

Fairgoers can expect a delightful carnival atmosphere with thrilling rides and delicious food options to satisfy their taste buds. The pageant and talent show will showcase the remarkable skills and talents of the local community. The rodeo and horse events will provide a thrilling display of equestrian prowess, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.

One of the highlights of the fair will be the highly anticipated demolition derby, where cars will go head-to-head in a spectacular clash of metal and mayhem. Additionally, truck and tractor pulls will test the raw power and strength of these impressive vehicles. Livestock shows will offer a glimpse into the world of agriculture and showcase the dedication and hard work of youth exhibitors.

Live entertainment will be a central part of the fair, with Friday and Saturday nights reserved for captivating performances. On Thursday, Westown Ford presents 90s Night, a nostalgic trip down memory lane where attendees can enjoy a cold beverage or a signature Lunchbox drink while reliving the glory days.

This year, the Morgan County Fair will include several unique events that will add to the excitement. Volleyball tournaments will take place on Saturday and Sunday, inviting participants to showcase their skills on the sandy court. The bags tournament will provide friendly competition for those who enjoy the popular bean bag toss game. New for 2023, a lego building contest will be held in the Merchant’s Building on Friday and Saturday.

The main stage will come alive with the electrifying performances of country artists Tyler Hubbard and Lee Brice. They will be joined by talented special guests Drew Baldridge and Lewis Brice. The local music scene will also be represented, with The Elderly Brothers on Wednesday, The Skanqs on Thursday, Arcadian City and Exit 52 on Friday, and The Longmeyer Band on Saturday.

Gate charges for Tuesday to Saturday will be $5 for adults, and children under the age of 6 can enjoy free admission. A season pass is available for those who wish to make the most of the fair’s offerings at a cost of $15. To encourage families to join in the fun, Sunday will be designated as family day with free admission for all.

For more information on the event schedule and line-up, please contact 217-245-6800, visit our official website at, or find us on Facebook under The Morgan County Fair.

Morgan County Fair concert ticket sales open:
Concert Tickets on sale for Morgan County Fair Headliner Grandstand Entertainment by Tyler Hubbard and Lee Brice.

Tickets are available for sale now for the concerts held at the Morgan County Fairgrounds Grandstand. The Tyler Hubbard concert is Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Drew Baldridge. The Lee Brice concert is Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Lewis Brice.

Gates open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 plus fees and include standing room only on the track and seating in the grandstand. Big Tickets are $50 plus fees and include special gated area right in front of the stage. Limited tickets are available for the Big Ticket.

Tickets for both concerts can be purchased online at, at the Morgan County Fair Office or on WJVO website.

Those available for questions regarding the event include Gary Hadden (217-370-2720) or

Protecting Landowner Property Rights Info Session July 25
The Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau and Worrell Land Services are pleased to partner together to provide an informational session for area landowners titled “Protecting Landowner Property Rights.” Hear from Laura Harmon and Garrett Thalgott, Illinois Farm Bureau’s General Counsel, about protecting landowner property rights with regard to solar and wind energy projects, pipelines, etc. The event will be held Tuesday, July 25 at 10:00am at the Pathway Services Community Room located at 1905 W. Morton Ave., Jacksonville. Drinks and snacks provided. No cost to attend. Pre-registration is required by July 17. Contact CMFB ( or 217-245-6833) or Worrell Land Services ( or 217-245-1618).

The Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club:
announces that the Troop-on campaign, of providing manufacturer’s coupons to American service personnel world-wide, has achieved a new milestone. The club’s Troop-on project coordinator, Jane Becker, informed the club at its June 13 meeting that coupons with a total redemption value of $753,671.60 have been collected since the campaign began on Veteran’s Day in 2020.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we think it was possible to collect three quarter of a million dollars in manufacturer’s coupons for our troops,” said Jane Becker, the club’s Troop-on coordinator.

The program collects manufacturer’s coupons in drop-off boxes around the Jacksonville area, which are sorted by type, and then shipped to the “Support Our Troops” national non-profit organization in Daytona, Florida for distribution. In a letter to Ms. Becker the Support Our Troops team wrote, “These coupons reach countless hands of grateful military members, families, and children who express how exponentially helpful it is to receive coupons from citizens like you.”

“Attaining this level of support, is a tribute to the people in our area who have thoughtfully placed manufacturer’s coupons in our drop boxes across the city,” said Linda Meece, president of the Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club.

The club thanks all their community supporters, with a special thank you to the staff and residents at Cedarhurst Jacksonville, for their contributions. Sunrise Rotary/Support Our Troops drop-off boxes are located at: Cedarhurst, Jacksonville County Market, Production Xpress, Jacksonville AMVETS, Jacksonville Wal-Mart (at the service desk), Jacksonville American Legion, Gordon Jumper CPA, Linda Meece CPA, PermaBound, The Farmers State Banks and Trust Company (State Street location), and Jacksonville Public Library.

Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn Express in South Jacksonville at 7 a.m.

(Sunrise Rotary Club media contact: Jay Jamison. 217-243-7550.

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