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GHS Chorus Annual Carwash & Cookout

When? Saturday, August 27

Time? 9:00am – 1:00pm

Where? Randy’s Market in Gillespie

What? Chorus students will be washing cars and the chour parents will be selling pork burgers and pork chop sandwiches. The carwash will be by donation. All proceeds will be used to support Chorus activities during the school year and the spring trip.

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Gillespie church hosting bible school June 24-28

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Come to the 2024 Food Truck Party Vacation Bible School to be held June 24 to June 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Gillespie Methodist Church, 900 West Broadway Street, Gillespie.

All kids entering kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to register. There is no cost.

Please register online as soon as possible to reserve your spot at http://gillespiemethodistchurch.mycokesburyvbs.com/.

Online registration is strongly encouraged but we will register kids that day if necessary.

For more information, contact Donna Easton at 217-556-3807 or Kim Henderson at 217-710-0863.

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Americana festival set for July 4 at Benld Park

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Jess Barker, The Lodge Brothers, and The New Prairie Drifters are set to take the stage at Benld City Park on Thursday, July 4 as part of the Americana Festival.

The music festival intends to celebrate the birthday and spirit of America with thriving local culture of music, food, and art. It is scheduled to begin at 12 noon and end at 6 pm.

Food will be available for purchase from The Barracks American Table, a new Gillespie restaurant, and skincare products will be available from Nature’s Bliss, a Benld gift shop.

The park is located at 305 North Main Street in Benld. Admission is free.

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Italian-American Days celebrates 70 years Memorial Day weekend

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In a vibrant blend of tradition, culture, and community spirit, the Benld Italian-American Days proudly marks its 70th anniversary this year. Established in 1949, this beloved festival has become an iconic event, not only within the Italian-American community but also for all those
who appreciate the richness of Italian culture, cuisine, and heritage.

For seven decades, the Italian Club of Benld, a non-profit organization, has hosted this festival that serves as a hub for celebrating and preserving cherished traditions while embracing the fusion of Italian and American cultures. This year’s event will take place May 24, 25 and
26 at the Benld City Park in Benld, Illinois.

The festival begins on Friday, May 24 at 4:00 pm with food stands opening for service. Connor Family Amusements will provide carnival arm bands from 6:00-10:00 pm allowing unlimited carnival rides for $30.00. Klose Kuarters will provide music for your listening and dancing
pleasure from 6:30-10:30 pm.

On Saturday, May 25, the Italian Club of Benld will host its 3rd Annual Car Show. Car registrations will occur between 8:00 am-12:00 pm with judging taking place at noon. The Italian Club of Benld Car Show is held in the Benld City Park (rain or shine). Registration fee is $20.00. Cars will be judged professionally and trophies will be awarded. The first 70 entries will receive a commemorative tee sponsored by Kravanya Funeral Homes along with a dash plaque.

Festival food stands will open at 11:00 am. Carnival armbands will be offered from 12:00-4:00 pm and 6:00 pm-10:00 pm for $30.00 each armband session. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Jorrells from 6:30-10:30 pm.

The last day of the festival, Sunday, May 26, has always been the highlight of the weekend. One ton of homemade FREE SPAGHETTI will be served from the Lunch Stand from 11:00 am-1:30 pm. The musical line-up for the day includes: Fat Chance from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Syner-
Gee from 2:30 pm-6:30 pm, and Big Shake Daddies from 6:30 pm-10:30 pm.

Our most favorite tradition of the festival is our Bocce Ball Tournament which begins play at noon. Team registrations begin at 11:00 am in the Beer Stand. The Bocce Ball Tournament consists of both a men and women’s bracket. Carnival armbands will be offered from 12:00-4:00 pm and again from 6:00-10:00 pm for $30.00 each armband session.

One cannot speak of the Benld Italian-American Days without mentioning its sumptuous array of culinary delights. Visitors can indulge in homemade cannoli, homemade Italian salami, tortellini soup, homemade meatball sandwiches, bagna cauda – all available in the Specialty
Stand. Our Lunch Stand will provide American favorites of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Italian beef. The Fish Stand will offer cod, Alaskan whitefish and fries.

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BINGO will be played every night beginning at 7:00 pm.

Whether you’re of Italian descent or simply appreciate the beauty of Italian culture, the Italian Club of Benld welcomes you to join in the celebration of its 70th anniversary. Come experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy and be part of a tradition that has stood the test of
time. Buon divertimento! (Enjoy the fun!)

Questions about the 70th Benld Italian-American Days can be made by calling (217) 825-7052, or you may follow us on Facebook at Benld Italian-American Days.

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