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School Supply Giveaway is August 3

school-supply-giveaway900 W. 10th Street, Metropolis
Friday, August 3, 2018 ~ 5:00 p.m.

Need help gathering necessary school supplies for the upcoming school year? The employees of Harrah’s Metropolis, along with other local businesses and organizations are teaming up once again to distribute school supplies gathered through fundraising and donations.

Individuals may stop by the Metropolis Community Center beginning at 5 p.m. to pick up items, while supplies last. Due to demand, adults without children present are limited to up to 3 students’ supplies. Once through, they may return to the back of the line for the chance to acquire more.

Dental Services, Any child is eligible for free dental cleanings.

Southern Seven Health Department will also be on hand offering vaccinations for individuals with medical cards and those who are private pay. There will be a vast array of information on hand as well as information on which car seat is appropriate for your child. Website

Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) will be handing out drug awareness buttons among other supplies. Facebook

Local hair stylists are donating special offers and free haircuts. They will be giving out coupons that may be redeemed only once at one of the participating businesses.

“Beginning a new school year can be very stressful for both kids and parents. Our goal for this event is to make sure we help alleviate the stress and make their school year enjoyable,” says Chad Lewis, Advertising and Public Relations Supervisor for Harrah’s Metropolis. “A simple haircut alone can boost self-esteem and increase confidence when starting a new school year.”

Massac Unit #1 Registration Dates for 2018/2019

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Tuesday Aug. 7, or Wednesday August 8
Tue. 5-7 p.m.
Wed. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Register at all Massac Unit #1 elementary/junior high buildings.
Parents of new and returning students should register their children during this time. Registration fee is $17.


Tuesday-Friday, August 7-10
8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 pm.
Tue. Aug. 7 – Seniors
Wed. Aug. 8 – Juniors
Thu. Aug. 9 – Sophomores
Fri. Aug. 10 – Freshmen
Register at Massac County High School
Registration fee is $20. The annual parking pass is $15.

Wednesday, August 15th will be the first day of student attendance from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Before registering at their school building, new students must first prove residency with Lisa Monkman at the Massac School Board Office located at 401 Metropolis Street in Metropolis. For residency requirements, call Lisa Monkman at 618-524-9376, ext. 101.

New students will also need to bring a valid, state-issued birth certificate.

Physical forms are required for all new students, and returning kindergarten and sixth grade.

Blood lead screenings are required of children below the age of 6 if they have not been previously screened.

Cafeteria account deposits should also be made at this time. Free and reduced applications will also be available during registration.

Unit #1 School District is also encouraging parents to share their cell phone numbers for emergency contact information as well as their email addresses, if available.

School bus service begins on Wednesday, Aug. 15th. For bus service information, call Durham School Services at 618-524-7421.

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

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  • 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.