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Little Johnny Appleseed and Miss Apple Blossom contest is open for registration. Children ages 4-7 who live in the original Griggsville school district are eligible to compete. Please contact Angie Vinyard at (217) 257-5233 or Becky Turnage at (217) 833-2737 to enter your child in the contest.
Registration for the baby contest is also open at this time. Any child ages 0-24 months of age are welcome to compete. Only children in that age bracket who are permanent residents in the original Griggsville school district are eligible to compete for the titles of Apple Festival Prince and Princess. To register, please contact Bethany Dunham at (217) 7790-0431. There is a $1 entry fee and you may still register the day of the contest.
Calling all bakers! There will be an apple pie baking contest held Saturday, Sept. 18. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. at Rumors Have It. Please use the door on the west end. The pie crust as well as the filling must be made from scratch. Junior division is for students through their senior year. Senior division includes those who have graduated high school or 18 years of age and older. Pies are judged on appearance, taste, and creativity. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place in each category. For questions, you may contact Ashlyn Martin at (217) 819-2218.
The raffle that the Apple Festival holds each year to help raise funds for our next festival will be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be $5 each. The winning ticket holder will receive half of all ticket money raised.
The Apple Festival is donating their half to the Griggsville Cemetery to help defray some of their expenses The winner need not be present to win.
Our annual cake and cookie basket auction as well as our theme basket auction will take place Saturday, Sept. 18. Baskets should be brought to Mick Webel’s Country Financial office beginning at 9 a.m. Cookie baskets must contain at least 6 dozen cookies. Theme baskets must contain a minimum of $50 of items. For questions contact Jill Kunzeman at (309) 264-3785.
Collection jars for the queen contestants are in Casey’s, Jiffy Stop in Griggsville and the Pioneer Express in Perry. Please drop your change and bills into the jar of the contestants you wish to support. The young lady collecting the most money in her jars will be awarded all of the money collected in a scholarship.
Saturday morning, there will be kids games on the front lawn of the library for children in elementary school beginning at 11 a.m. This event is free of charge. For questions please contact Sarah Musgrave at (217) 242-2610.
There will be a car and tractor show Saturday morning. The show will be located on the east end of the boulevard. Contact Brett Shoemaker for any questions at (217) 982-9007.
The Magnificent Mile Parade is back! We will once again be able to watch as the parade and the marching bands wind their way up the boulevard to the town square. The theme is Fall Nights and Apple Spice. There is also a new category this year for decorated golf carts. Gators and side by sides are also allowed. In order to register please go online at www.griggsvilleapplefestival.org. For any questions or concerns, please contact Jill Nicholson at (217) 260-0555.
Saturday evening beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a cornhole tournament for students to help raise money for the junior high girls softball team. It will be at the grassy area across the street from the city hall.
Make sure to join us Sunday for community church services! Services will be held at 11 a.m. onstage unless it’s raining. In that case, services will be held at the United Methodist church. Music will be provided by the Liberty Christian Church Praise Band. This group performed for us in 2019 and did a truly amazing job! Please join us for a great time of music, praises, and devotional messages.
PLEASE NOTE: The entertainment Saturday evening at the Griggsville Apple Festival has changed due to unforeseen circumstances! The entertainment for Saturday evening will be William Mitchell, hypnotist. You may well remember all the laughs back in 2015 when several locals was hypnotized!
Several people gathered at the Griggsville Estates Sunday for an ice cream social and to share in the celebration of the beautiful new gazebo in honor of Heather Callihan and Angie Taylor.
Steve and Jeannie Kessinger, Lexi Kessinger, Dewayne and Nadine Kessinger, and Thelma Butler traveled to O’Fallon, Saturday to help Ellie Koltveit celebrate her third birthday, which was Sept 7. Ellie is the daughter of Cory and Kyra Koltveit and big sister of Emmet. Ellie’s grandma Jeannie also received a couple of gifts, as Saturday was her birthday.
Congratulations to GP Student of the Month, Grace Stabile!
Word has been received of the passing of Betty Camp of Godfrey, and formerly of Griggsville. Betty passed away Sunday, Sept.12 at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Dave and Lori Brown hosted a family gathering Sept. 9. Those attending were: Dave and Lori Brown, Koert and Norma Bartman, John and Karie Knuppe, Valerie Brawdy, Ron Brawdy, Larry and Patty Manker, Connie Manker, Lester, Janet, and Penney Rush, Jillian and Marina Orr, Matthew Smith, Ashton Ionson, and Nadine Manker.
Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.- Roy T. Bennett