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Steamboats in the Port of Paducah

steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen

Schedule for 2017 listed below. This schedule is expected to change throughout the year due to complications along the river. Some of these changes may be last-minute.

The Queen of the Mississippi is a 150-passenger steamboat, owned by American Cruise Lines.  

  • June 15, 8:00 am to 10:30 pm
  • June 20, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • July 6, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • July 10, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • July 19, 7:00 am to 9:30 pm
  • July 26, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Aug. 14, 7:00 am to 11:30 pm
  • Aug. 22, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Aug. 29, 6:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sept. 11, 7:00 am to 11:30 pm
  • Sept. 19, 10:00 am to 8 pm
  • Sept. 25, 7:00 am to 11:30 pm
  • Oct. 3, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

The American Queen is the largest steamboat ever built and was recently refurbished. 

  • July 5, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Aug. 24, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Oct. 12-13, Noon through Oct. 13, Noon
  • Oct. 28, Noon – 5:00 pm
  • Nov. 4, Noon – 5:00 pm
For complete information, call 800-PADUCAH or visit website.

Massac County Youth Fair starts July 14

Friday, July 14 – Saturday, July 22
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.

Registration form to enter livestock and exhibit hall items is available at the Massac County Farm Bureau, 1436 W. 10th Street in Metropolis. Registration deadline is July 1st.

Friday-Saturday, July 15-16
30th Annual Farm Toy Show

Fri. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
Farm and construction toys, trucks, cars, and crafts. Show is held in the air-conditioned Community Center. There will be door prized and food. Free admission, donations accepted. Massey Ferguson pedal tractor to be given away. (Need not be present to win).

Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16
22nd Annual Tractor and Old Machinery Show
Sat.  8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sun.  8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
Tractors – Implements – Engines – Horse-drawn Tools. Bring ‘em – all makes. No admission charge. Donations accepted. Tractor games, fun activities and food. There are two parades: Saturday at 6 p.m. through town and Sunday at 2 p.m. on fair grounds.


Friday, July 14

  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Farm Toy Show

Saturday, July 15

  • 8:00 AM – Tractor and Machinery Show
  • 9:00 AM – Ducks and Rabbits Show
  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Farm Toy Show
  • 1:00 AM – Pedal Tractor Pull (ages 12 & under)
  • 4:00 PM – Horse Show
  • 6:00 PM – Tractor and Machinery Parade through Metropolis

Sunday, July 16

  • 8:00 AM – Tractor and Machinery Show
  • 2:00 PM – Tractor and Machinery Parade on fairgrounds

Monday, July 17

  • 9:00 AM – Dairy Cattle Show,
    – followed by Goat Wether Show
    –  followed by Goat Show
  • 10:00 AM – Noon – Dairy Delights: free ice cream & activities for everyone
  • 6:00 PM – Dog Show

Tuesday, July 18

  • 5:00 PM – Watermelon Bust
  • 6:30 PM – Farm Follies, and Food Auction

Wednesday, July 19

  • 2:00 PM – Children’s Games
  • Dusk – Movie Night

Thursday, July 20

  • 8:00 AM – Swine Show
    –  followed by Sheep Show
  • 9:00 AM – Noon – Exhibit Hall open
  • 2:00 PM – Children’s Games
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Exhibit Hall open
  • 6:00 PM – Stick Horse Show (ages 0-6)
  • 8:00 PM – Greased Pig Contest, and Cow Pasture Plop

Friday, July 21

  • 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Free Country Breakfast (or until food is gone)
  • 9:00 AM – Beef Show
  • 2:00 PM – Children’s games
  • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Exhibit hall open
  • 5:00 PM – Cat Show
  • 6:00 PM – Beef Night

Saturday, July 22

  • 8:00 AM – FFA Show
  • 10:00 AM – Noon – Exhibit Hall open
  • 11:00 AM – Market Swine Show
    – followed by Steer Show
    – followed by Wether Show

Sunday, July 23

  • 4:00 PM – Rain date for Horse Show

For information, visit website or Facebook.

Harrah’s Hometown Celebration is July 1

Saturday, July 1
Hometown Celebration
6:00 p.m.  -11:00 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 along food and drinks available for purchase. Cash is required for all purchases. The Kid’s Zone will feature obstacle courses, bounce houses and more from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Live music will be provided by Throwing Copper starting at 7:30 p.m.

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

A $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, July 28 at the Metropolis Community Center beginning at 5 p.m.

As an added bonus, another display of fireworks is planned for Tuesday, July 4 located on the Metropolis riverfront at dusk. This public display is hosted by the Farmer family in memory of the late Steven Farmer. Music will be provided by Michelle Bradley.

Bee Healthy Tip – Bug Bites and Stings: When to See a Doctor

Your June-2017 Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II: from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson, and Lauren Scott.


bug bites stingsBug Bites and Stings
When to see a Doctor

Most bug bites and stings aren’t serious and can be safely treated at home with topical medication, such as hydrocortisone cream or an oral antihistamine to reduce the itch. But sometimes a bug bite or sting could become serious.

bug bites stings2Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after a sting or bite:
• Difficulty breathing.
• The sensation that your throat is closing.
• Swollen lips, tongue or face.
• Chest pain.
• A racing heartbeat lasting more than a few minutes.
• Dizziness.
• Vomiting.
• Headache.
• A red, donut-shaped rash that develops after a tick bite. This could be a sign of Lyme disease. • A fever with a red or black spotty rash that spreads. This could be a sign of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology


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Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit our website for lots of resources
to help keep you and your family healthy!

(Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.)

Ohio River Sweep is June 17


Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ohio River Sweep
8:30 a.m. Registration
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

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 river fronts in Brookport and Joppa. Trash bags are provided and each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt. Volunteers may also call 800-359-3977 for more information.   Website

Riverfront Concert Series 2017

river front concert

Come and enjoy a free concert on select Thursdays at the Wilson Riverfront Stage at the foot of Broadway in Paducah, KY. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront.  Opening band from 6:00-7:00 pm and Headliner from 7:00-8:30 pm.

chris cavanaughThursday, June 8
Chris Cavanaugh
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Evan Webb
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Chris Cavanaugh
Chris Cavanaugh grew up listening to Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn. This influence of 90’s country songs and his love for music had Cavanaugh making the trip from his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to Tennessee just months after graduating high school. Shortly after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Chris signed his first songwriting deal. Over the next few years Chris spent his time on music row honing his craft as a writer.  He has shared the stage with every country artist in the game including Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Frankie Ballard, Justin Moore, Eric Church, Kip Moore; the list is endless.  Website

crane wivesThursday, June 22
The Crane Wives
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Marvin and Gentry
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The Crane Wives
The Crane Wives is a female fronted Indie rock group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band features three-part vocal harmonies, narrative lyricism, and a passion for song-craft that creates organic music that is equally accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to dance-able grooves. Website

pheobe huntThursday, July 13
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Savage Radley
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Phoebe Hunt
Phoebe Hunt’s artistic and personal journey has deep story lines. These masterfully crafted songs are brought to life by the musicians Phoebe has gathered – each a virtuoso in their own right. Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together into a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice. Sounds of Americana and Texan Tinged Swing are woven with exotic rhythmic concepts culled from Phoebe’s time in India.  Website

andrew rippThursday, July 27
Andrew Ripp
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Olivia Faye
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Andrew Ripp
Based in Nashville, singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp began his music career in Palatine, Illinois, where he broke through writing mainstream pop songs for other artists. His songs were featured on American Idol and One Tree Hill, and made the Billboard Hot 100 when his music was covered by Ryan Cabrera. He has toured across the U.S., Europe, and even the Middle East and has released four albums.  Website

biz everyday peopleThursday, August 3
Bizz & Everyday People
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Soul Creation
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Bizz & Everyday People
Wendell Bigsby-Church and Katrice Donaldson brought Everyday People together in 2011 through their mutual love of music and performance. Wendell “Bizz,” eldest son of Nashville legend Jimmy Church, has opened up for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, the King of Rock-n-Roll, Lil’ Richard and many more. Katrice has sung backup for Yolanda Adams on the Dove Awards, BeBe Winans, Kirk Franklin and many other elite artists.  Website

city of the sunThursday, August 17
City of the Sun
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The McKendrees
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  City of the Sun
City of the Sun is an instrumental post-rock trio based in Brooklyn, NY. Formed in 2011, they gained popularity in NYC playing the streets and subways, then graduated to selling out major New York venues. Performing at Ted Talk conferences and Sofar Sounds secret shows helped to bring their worldly, “genre-bending” sound to more ears––cross-country and world-wide. Their live LP, “to the sun and all the cities in between” was released in March 2016, landing at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.  Website

blue stonesThursday, August 31
The Blue Stones
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Brandon Maddox
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The Blue Stones
Crowds across Canada and hometown-neighboring Detroit, MI have been stunned by the energy and force behind their loud, dominant live performances—especially for just two dapper guys. The Blue Stones create a killer hi/lo effect; contrasting their slick and put together look with their rough and rollicking live show. Heart, soul and sweat characterize every Blue Stones spectacle – you can’t help but be pulled in from the moment the first note is played.  Website

For more details, visit Website

Red Cross Blood Drive is June 12

Monday, June 12
Red Cross Blood Drive
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolisblood-drive-pin
Did you know nearly every second of every day; someone is assisted by the Red Cross? Your donations can make an impact in your community and help save lives!

Why Donate Blood?

Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.  And  you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.

You will receive a mini physical to check your: Pulse, Blood pressure, Body temperature, and Hemoglobin


Getting ready for your appointment.

1. Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.

2. Wear Something Comfortable: Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

3. Maintain Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donation:  If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

4. Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking:  We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.

5. Bring an ID:  Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

6. Bring a Friend: Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.

Eligibility Requirements.
Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit website, or use the Blood Donor App.