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Annual Farm Toy Show is July 13-14


Friday-Saturday, July 13-14, 2018
Annual Farm Toy Show
Fri. 6-9 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Youth Fairground, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis (near high school)

The show brings toy enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest to buy, sell, trade and just plain enjoy the collections and displays. There will be farm and construction toys, along with trucks, cars, crafts and much more. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the show. Admission and parking are free, although donations will be accepted. The show will be held in the air-conditioned exhibit hall at the fairgrounds.

Minneapolis Moline Pedal Tractor to be given away. Donate to the Youth Fair for your chance to win. (Need not be present to win).

For information, contact Robin Mizell at 618-645-2737 or, or Tammie Obermark at 618-534-3376 or

More info about Massac County Youth Fair.

Massac County Youth Fair starts July 13

Friday, July 13 – Saturday, July 21
Massac County Youth Fair

Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis

Youth from the 13 southernmost counties in Illinois bring their best projects and livestock to show at the fairgrounds located by MCHS. There are many events to check out, some geared toward kids and some toward adults, but all toward fun. Parking and admission are free for all events, although donations are always welcome.

The Youth Fair booklet is available at the Massac County Farm Bureau, 1436 W. 10th Street in Metropolis. Registration form to enter livestock and exhibit hall items is  in the booklet. Exhibitors are requested to send in registration forms by July 1st so that an adequate amount of space for animals and exhibits can be assured.

Thu.-Sat. July 12-14exhibit-hall
Exhibit Hall
Thu. 9 AM-Noon and 5-8 PM
Fri. 4-7 PM
Sat. 10 AM-Noon
Theme this year is “200 Years of Agriculture in Illinois” in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial. You can enter up to two entries per class this year.

toy-tractorFri.-Sat.  July 13-14
31st Annual Farm Toy Show

Fri. 6-9 PM
Sat. 9 AM-2 PM
Farm and construction toys, trucks, cars, crafts, and more. Free admission, donations accepted.  to be given away. Donate to the Youth Fair for your chance to win Minneapolis Moline pedal tractor. For details, click here.

tractor showSat.-Sun.  July 14-15
23rd Annual Tractor and Old Machinery Show
Sat.  8 AM-9 PM
Sun.  8 AM-3:30 PM
Tractors – Implements – Engines – Horse-drawn Tools. No admission charge, donations accepted. Tractor games, fun activities and food. Parade on Saturday at 6 p.m. through town and Sunday at 2 p.m. on fairgrounds. For details, click here.

Tue. July 17farm follies
Farm Follies
6:30 PM
This competition consists of two-member teams that compete in three brackets: Beginners (5 and under), Intermediate (6-9), Juniors (10-13), and Seniors (14 and over). Juniors and Seniors compete in four activities. The contest is held in the Horse Arena. Cash award will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams in all brackets. Spectators welcome. No entry fee.


Friday, July 13

  • 6-9 PM – Farm Toy Show

Saturday, July 14

youth fair rabbit

  • 8 AM-Dark – Tractor and Machinery Show
  • 9 AM – Ducks and Rabbits Show
  • 9 AM-2 PM – Farm Toy Show
  • 1 PM – Pedal Tractor Pull (ages 12 & under)
  • 4 PM – Horse Show
  • 6 PM – Tractor and Machinery Parade through Metropolis

Sunday, July 15

  • 8 AM-3:30 PM – Tractor and Machinery Show
  • 1:30 PM – Tractor and Machinery Parade on fairgrounds

Adam and Lauren Pride show off their cow and show boxMonday, July 16

  • 9 AM – Dairy Cattle Show
    – followed by Goat Wether Show
    –  followed by Goat Show
  • 10 AM – Dairy Delights: free ice cream & activities for everyone while ice cream lasts
  • 6 PM – Dog Show

Watermelon youth fairTuesday, July 17

  • 5 PM – Watermelon Bust
  • 6:30 PM – Farm Follies, and Food Auction

Wednesday, July 18

  • 2 PM – Children’s Games
  • Dusk – Movie Night

Youth fair kids chasing greased pig croppedThursday, July 19

  • 8 AM – Swine Show
    –  followed by Sheep Show
  • 9 AM-Noon – Exhibit Hall open
  • 2 PM – Children’s Games
  • 5-8 PM – Exhibit Hall open
  • 6 PM – Stick Horse Show (ages 0-6)
  • 8 PM – Greased Pig Contest, and Cow Pasture Plop

Friday, July 20

  • 6:30-8:30 AM – Free Country Breakfast (or until food is gone)
  • 9 AM – Beef Show
  • 2 PM – Children’s games
  • 4-7 PM – Exhibit hall open
  • 5 PM – Cat Show
  • 6 PM – Beef Night

Saturday, July 21FFA

  • 8 AM – FFA Show
  • 10 AM-Noon – Exhibit Hall open
  • 11 AM – Market Swine Show
    – followed by Steer Show
    – followed by Wether Show

Sunday, July 22

  • 4 PM – Rain date for Horse Show

For information, visit website or Facebook.

Tractor & Farm Machinery Show is July 14-15

Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15
Tractor & Farm Machinery Show
8 a.m.
Massac County Youth Fairgrounds, near MCHS
Come see the tractors, implements, engines, horse-drawn tools and more. Featured this year is Minneapolis Moline, but all makes are welcome and will be represented. Free admission however donations are accepted.

Schedule for Saturday, July 14

Tractor Show:  8 a.m.-Dark
Kiddie Pedal Pull:  Registration at 12:30 p.m.  Pull begins at 1 p.m. in the barn.
Tractor Judging with plaque:  5 p.m.
Tractor Parade:  6 p.m. to Metropolis

Schedule for Sunday, July 15

Tractor Show:  8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tractor Parade:  2 p.m. on fairgrounds

For tractor show information, contact Darryl Korte at 618-638-7412.

Harrah’s Hometown Celebration is July 7

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Harrah’s Hometown Celebration
6 -10 p.m.
Harrah’s Metropolis Casino parking lot
between Ferry St. and Metropolis St.

Harrah’s Metropolis is once again hosting the Hometown Celebration for the entire family. The event will feature music, a Kid’s Zone and food and drinks available to purchase. The Kid’s Zone will feature obstacle courses, bounce houses and more from 6-9 p.m. Throwing Copper will be performing live until the fireworks go off at dusk.

A one-time $5 entry fee is required for anyone 2 years and older which will benefit the Harrah’s Metropolis School Supply Giveaway being held on Friday, August 3, at the Metropolis Community Center. Cash is required for all purchases.

A large display of fireworks will be lighting up the sky at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.). The fireworks display has been generously sponsored by Harrah’s Metropolis, Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Metropolis.


Championship Archery Tournaments at Mermet Lake

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24, 2018s3da archery
Scholastic 3D Archery Tournament
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mermet Lake Park, 1812 Grinnell Rd., Belknap, IL
This is the 6th Annual National Championship. Students will have the opportunity to compete against S3DA members from across the United States for the title of “National Champion” in their division. Registration per student will be $30.00 thru June 14th, 2018 which will include access to the practice bags and a free T-shirt. Late registration (after June 14th) will be $60 per student.

There will also be other special activities available to students and parents for a nominal fee, including a 3-D practice range, a Pope & Young North American Bowhunting Challenge and a QDMA/S3DA Family Whitetail Challenge. Shoot-downs will take place for each different class and division and door prizes will be given away! Vendors will be on site to sell their products and equipment to families and students, as well as food vendors and more

For information and registration information visit website.

Monday-Tuesday, June 25-27, 2018
$20,000 Superman Classic Archery Tournament
9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
Mermet Lake Park, 1812 Grinnell Rd., Belknap, IL
There will be a one time entry fee of $25 and archers are eligible to shoot once each day. The ranges will change daily with shooting times from 9 am – 3 pm. Combined prize money for the professional and amateur classes will be over $20,000. Sponsored by the Greater Metropolis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the City of Metropolis.  Website.

Friday-Sunday, June 28 – July 1, 2018
ASA Matthews Illinois Pro/Am Championships
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mermet Lake Park, 1812 Grinnell Rd., Belknap, IL

The Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome back the ASA Shooters  Over 2100 competitors attended the 2017 event and they are planning for even more this year.  Metropolis Tourism website.

The Archery Shooters Association Pro/Am and Federation competitions include a standardized set of competition rules; professionally executed shooting ranges; high standards for dress and conduct; safety standards that include a maximum arrow speed standard of 280/290 feet per second; the copyrighted 12-ring and 14-ring scoring system; and the largest paybacks in competitive 3-D archery.

ASA 3-D archery features competitive rounds of lifelike, three-dimensional animal targets made of foam. The scoring rings are not always visible from the shooting stake and binoculars are allowed. Advanced archers must determine the distance to the target, pick a good aiming point, and execute the shot.

Ranges will be set to meet qualifications for the specific classes. Shooters will be categorized based on their current ASA Classification. Children are welcome to participate so there will be fun for the entire family.   Spectators can watch for free.

Food vendors on site include Hickory Hog BBQ, Bear’s BBQ, Montego’s Catering & Concession, and Dippin’ Dots.

To register, visit ASA website. For more information call 618-524-5025.

Ohio River Sweep is June 16


Saturday, June 16, 2018   (weather permitting)
Ohio River Sweep
8 a.m.-Noon
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to remove tons of trash and debris. River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL, including nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline and many tributaries.

The Ohio River Sweep is an event organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, an interstate water pollution agency for the Ohio River Valley, along with environmental protection and natural resource agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Volunteers are needed to clean up the river bank of the Ohio River by removing trash and debris. Other areas in Massac County included in this project are riverfronts in Brookport and Joppa. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes. Trash bags are provided and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt. An on-site coordinator will be present.

Contatct Chris McGinnis at 618-524-4712 to say that you plan to volunteer. Download a waiver PDF form and bring to the cleanup. Volunteers may also call 800-359-3977 for more information.   Website

Farm Frenzy – 6/16/2018

Farm Frenzy

Saturday, June 16, 2018
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:  Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street

Attendees will have the opportunity to see and touch farm equipment that farmers use every day to help in their farming operations to grow their crops. The equipment will be on Metropolis Street directly in front of the Metropolis Public Library.

There will be additional activities located across the street in Washington Park; those will be finalized closer to the event.

Inside the library, there will be hands on activities for children and adults to learn more about agriculture and how it is all around us every day. There will be lots of fun for everyone and it is free.

Hosted by the Massac County Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Committee.

Farm Bureau Library Logos