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Bagpipes and Drums performing at Bourbonnais Friendship Parade

                                    Coach Barclay to lead Festival parade


The 2014 Friendship Festival at Bourbonnais is set for Wednesday running thru the weekend. Several activities highlight the annual festival.


The bagpipes and drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department are set to march and perform in the festival parade, Sunday, June 29th. The bagpipes and drums are a special appearance to honor fallen Bourbonnais Police Officer Justin Honeycutt.. he died in an auto accident last year.

The Emerald Band has performed at police and firefighter memorials throughout the country for 30 years.
Grand Marshall for the Festival Parade is retired Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School teacher and coach Doug Barclay. He spent 36 years at BBCHS, where he taught physical education, chaired the P.E. Department and coached football, track and wrestling.


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7 compete for Ford County Queen

Seven young ladies are on stage Monday night for the queen pageant at the 2014 Ford County Fair.

 Contestants include 16-year-old Merceds Wise of Loda, Courtney-Ann Schwing, age 16, of Paxton, 18-year-old Elise Chriss of Gibson City, 17-year-old Sydney Porter of Paxton, 17-year-old Haley Brokate of Paxton, 16-year-old Emily Komnick of Clarence, and 17-year-old Tamberly Lough of Gibson City.

The winner will be crowned by the reighning queen, Kristen Batte of Paxton.

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Ford County Fair underway, Queen Pageant Monday

                                        Parmalee performs Tuesday


The county fair season in Illiana got started Sunday. The Ford County summer event raised its curtain at the Melvin fairground. The fair runs seven days through Saturday, June 28.


Seven young ladies grace the stage tonight (Mon) competing for the title of Miss Ford County Fair Queen.
The country music band Parmalee headlines Tuesday with a concert. A special guest leads up to Parmalee. That's John King. Tickets are $20.


Wednesday's highlight is the talent show. Thirty-three acts are scheduled. Also Wednesday is a new event. A radio-controlled car event is featured Wednesday afternoon and evening. A Saturday afternoon radio-controlled car demonstration is also scheduled.


94.1 WGFA will broadcast "live" Wednesday.


The rodeo is back on Friday. On Saturday, the demolition derby promises to be even bigger and better this year.
Swyear Amusements will be on the midway this year.


For more information, go online at fordcountyfair.org.


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Tickets available for Parmalee concert at Ford County Fair

Parmalee performs at the Ford County Fair Tuesday at Melvin.


The concert lights up the stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. Tickets are $20, which includes fair admission.
Opening for Parmalee is the Nashville-based John King Band.


Tickets for the concert can be purchased at fordcountyfair.org.

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Mayors put positive spin on Kankakee County

The mayoral theme was in unison Thursday in Bourbonnais.

Four Kankakee County mayors all had good things to say about what's going on in their community and the county. And they hope and wish the rest of the people would see the "good" too. Even the media.

Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams encouraged the media to tell the good story too, not just the negative events that often relay the message that this is not a nice place to be around. He told a luncheon audience of the Kankakee County Young Professionals group "all the mayors of the respective towns respect each other, what's going in those towns" and the jobs can feed each other.

"No matter who lands the business or jobs, we all gain from it," Adams said.

And Mayor Bob Malchowski invites everyone to help feed his dragons in Grant Park, he also says we need to feed off each other.

Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein had great news too. A contract's been signed to study and re-develop the city's east side off exit 312 from I-57. And the press is on with a river-front development project that'' enhance the area behind Presence St.Mary's Hospital heading back to the McBroom Bridge at Washington Street.

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