Craig’s Corner – November 2019

The first order of business is to thank everyone who sent cards, letters, emails, Facebook messages and to those who visited during my recent illness. I need to publicly thank my care taker and best friend Jan. I also need to thank Chuck Quick for taking care of my place while he is taking care of Cathy. Thanks Chuck. And last but not least, Mark Chapman whom without, I might not be here to thank any of you. Thank you Mark, I owe you a really big one. Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season and be thankful for all the friends we all have at Central Illinois Green Club.

PS. John Fulton and I attended the 2019 Kankakee Community College Foundation annual meeting on October 17th at KCC. The Foundation, established in 1969, raises monetary and in-kind gifts to present opportunities for students who likely are in need of assistance – namely scholarships to further their education. The new KCC President was introduced to the Foundation members, Mr. Michael Boyd, Ph. D. Our scholarship for those in the Agriculture and Horticulture areas were presented to Allison Pree and Juanita Welter. Ms. Pree sat at our table and introduced herself. She seemed to be a very worthwhile recipient. Ms. Welter was not able to attend. Some of the students spoke of their gratitude as recipients. I was very proud of Central Illinois Green Club to be able to help those wanting to further themselves. We are a part of a very good thing.

President’s Message – November 2019

Hello Friends. It’s that time of year again that we’re all looking forward to the many holiday get togethers. Whether it be with family, at the workplace or with club members it’s what we do. As adults we remember those days as a kid how hard it was to wait for each page to flip on the calendar.

Ah yes, finally it’s November it won’t be long now, candy, turkey, ham, dressing, presents. That’s right you all know you thought about the candy first or was it presents? Hmm!

Anyway, now that our mouths are watering, DO NOT forget CIGC potluck November 20th @ 6:30pm Bonfield Lions Club Hall.
See You there!!

Sincerely Dave Wehrmann

President’s Message – October 2019

Hello members, friends and guests!

By now, everyone should have had some time to catch their breath after another fast paced and busy summer

Between family activities, club meetings, county fairs, farm shows, tractor pulls, tractor rides and plow days, there wasn’t much time to rest.

Even so, I don’t think any of us would want it any other way.  I want to thank our members, their families and all of our friends who volunteered and or contributed in some other way to help make these events possible.  It didn’t matter which event it was, all the adult and kids had smiles on their faces.

A big THANK YOU to Rodney Schwark for your hospitality, donating a great meal, your time, farmland and facilities to make the event a huge success.

I also want to thank the Herscher Historical Society for their participation to help make the event a great joint venture.

We had six new members join our cub and met with a lot of new friends.  So, here we are in October with many more things to do.  As the fall harvest is just about to begin, lets all keep SAFETY in mind. Don’t forget the kids this month.  Trick or treat time is just a few weeks away. Atten all cooks!! Get that recipe book or file out. We need pass around dishes and deserts for our November 20th Pot Luck dinner.  Last but not least, get your shopping pants on!! We need items for the Christmas Party fund raiser on December 11th.  Handmade items are always weekend.  See you all at the October 16, 2019 meeting, 7:00 pm at the Bonfield Lions Club.

Sincerely Dave Wehrmann

Craig’s Corner – August 2019

Our next event is Rodney’s Plow day, September 7th, coffee and donuts at 8:30 am, plowing starts at 9:00. We need an RSVP from you 815-263-7008. Call my phone for a head count for food. This is important! We will plow or Show or sit around and talk rain or shine. The Herscher Historical will also provide a bake sale fund raiser at Rodney’s.

A great Big thank you goes out to Chuck Quick who managed the CIGC display at the 2019 Kankakee County Fair and to those who brought tractors and equipment. We should be very proud to be in the face of our Community in such a good way. Thanks Chuck!

The Feature Column will return next month. I thought I would share with you a few pictures from our events and give you some pointers on Half Century. The Olde Time arm Show, Historic Farm Days, Will County Thresherman’s and The CIGC Veteran’s Ride have come and gone for the summer. The events have been plentiful, warm and well attended. The Barnyard Class Pulls have been well attended too. There are still a lot of events left for the summer so get out and enjoy them. If you haven’t registered for the Herscher Labor Day Parade, please do so. It’s a place where CIGC is always welcome and our neighbors love to see us.

I hope that many of you take advantage of the Half Century of Progress Show. A Show of this magnitude is in our back yard and we are part of the event. The Show begins on Thursday August 22nd and runs through Sunday the 25th. The Show opens each day at 7 am followed by the raising to the “World’s Largest Flag” at 8 am. The Field demonstrations begin each day at 8:30 am. Where the demonstrations are will be is posted each day at Hangar 2 (that is where you register you and your equipment, attend a Safety Meeting and receive your entry day passes). If you are not bringing equipment, walk in entry is $15 per day or $30 for a 4-day pass, under 12 is free. There is a one-time fee of $30 for Gators and carts even if you are an exhibitor. As in the past exhibitors will enter into the North gate. You must have your wrist band to enter without cost after your initial entry. There is exhibitor camping from the North end for $40 for the entire time as long as there is room. The improved camping is full as of last week. The tractor Ride with Max is on Thursday 8am sharp and will return around noon. You must preregister by going to the website for a form and getting it to Bonnie Marcotte.

At 4:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will be tractor pulls. You will note that this is much earlier in order that more contestants can partake and that you don’t have to find your car in the dark. The broom guy and check planter guy are both returning over by the North entrance. Jolene Brown, an entertainer will perform at 10 am Thursday and Friday. She is the “Holy Crap, I married a Farmer” lady.

No riders will be allowed anywhere on the field unless there is a seat. The exception is during the Parade there may be some allowed. Remember 5 mph is the speed limit on conveyances, the little blue lights are expensive so don’t run them over, if you spill fuel, tell someone, do you best not to hit pedestrians and have the best time you can. The Airport will close to flights from Monday the 19th to Monday the 26th. Please respect their property, we want to come back again in 2 years.

Our trailer and Olde Time Farm Show Trailer will be the first thing on the right as you come in as a spectator. If you have some time to volunteer it would be greatly appreciated. I will try and keep the cooler full of water so, stop by and say Hi! Get a map! You can print a map and a schedule from the website or get one at the entry points. It is big and there are lots of things to see. If you tune to 89.9 FM Radio, you can get traffic reports, changes in schedules and special announcements such as weather statements. It is a valuable tool. Lastly, have a great time and make new friends.

2017 Show Stats: There were 1405 Exhibitors registered, 2352 pieces of equipment from 26 States. There were 772 people who attended the Safety meeting.

Craig’s Corner – July 2019

By the time you receive this the Covered Bridge Ride and Olde Time Farm Show have already occurred. I need to tell you from my experience that The Covered Bridge Ride was as good or better than any other year I have been to. The weather was warm but tolerable, the areas we drove were very nice and the bridges as always are a thrill to drive through. We need to thank the Covered Bridge Association and the Joe Warters family for putting on a great event as they always do. The food was good and the company was excellent and I am looking forward to next year already. PS 153 registered/ 150 showed.

The Olde Time Farm Show was also warm this year but there was a good showing of tractors and of course of the David Bradley nameplate. It was great fellowship in the shade and the tractor pulls on Sunday were a big draw. CIGC provided Tractor Games on Saturday afternoon and provided a bit of fun too. The winner of the Slow Race was a very young 6 yoa) driver Mr. Liam Gaus in a ¼ scale Rumley Oil Pull. The bucket Challenge was won by Les Piper on his 60 John Deere. I need to thank everyone who helped with the Tractor Games and all the volunteers who helped at the Club trailer. When we all work together it means a lot.

Historic Farm Days will occur from July 11 thru the 14 at the Club grounds in Penfield, IL This year’s feature are the 1458 and 1568 V8 IH tractors. It will also feature the 80th anniversary of the H & M tractors. This show also celebrates the 25 Anniversary of the Chapter 10 IH Collectors Club of Illinois. Field demonstrations daily, tractor pulls, fireworks, parades and much, much more. There is an International 856 Wheatland for raffle too. Only 250 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Their tx number is 217-595-5000.

July 18th thru the 21st will be the Will County Thresherman’s Association show at the Spiess Farm located on US Rte. 52 just East of Wilton Center. They are featuring Oliver, White and Cletrac. There is also a tractor pull there as well as farming demonstrations of wheat threshing and plowing. Always a good time and yes, our trailer will be there and yes, we need people to man (or woman) it. More info is at steamshow.org. PS the 7th Annual Vintage Tractor Ride will be held on July 20th sponsored by the Peotone Educational Foundation who supports the Ag program at Peotone High School. The cost is $65 and leaves the WCTA Show at 8:00 am sharp and includes a pork chop dinner.

Manteno Veteran’s Ride will occur on August the 10th. As usual we will have coffee and donuts before leaving the Evans Farm at 8:30. Another contingent will leave from Jim Morgan’s in Peotone. Please note the change in the date!

Half Century of Progress runs from August 22nd through 25th. This year’s theme is Harvest Brigade. If you can pick with it or cut with it or reap with it, you can display it. There will be field demonstrations daily, parades, parts and collectibles for sale and you will be able to see most any kind of farm item in operation each day. There is a tractor
ride on Thursday but you must sign up ahead of time. The giant flag returns too with a formal raising of the flag each day. CIGC will share the very first spot as you come in the gate to sell our wares with Olde Time Farm Show. We need volunteers from Thursday on to help man (or woman) the trailer. You can find out a whole lot more by going to www.halfcenturyofprogress.com

Craig’s Corner – June 2019

Sadly, the Morris Tractor Ride was cancelled due to weather and farming conditions. And, we are sad to inform you that Bill Burnham’s mother passed. Bill and his parents hosted the event in the past. You may send a card if you wish to Bill at 8830 N. Scott School Rd., Morris, IL 60450.

Still on a sad note, Fred Lestina Jr.’s mom passed. Laura Lestina 92 years young passed on May 29th. Fred’s address is: 1100 Tracy Dr., Morris, IL 60450.

William D. Munyon Sale June 15 and July 27th. Most of you knew Bill or at least saw some of his collectibles. On June 15 the bulk of the tractors, near 80 will be sold at his farm on Rt 114. I am told even the John Deere G which stood guard over his farm on the silo is running and for sale. There are many very collectible tractors for sale. On July 27th the remainder of the trucks, Cushman’s and all of the hit & miss engines will be sold. There is also an additional sale on August 18 at the River Valley Auction Center, 880 S. McMullen Dr, Kankakee which are his train collection, slot machines, coins and Rail Road memorabilia. Don’t miss this. Bill had a great collection. You can see more by going to www.rivervalleyauctions.com or on Facebook.

Bonfield’s Barnyard Tractor Pull June 22nd has blossomed into a much larger event. I am told that the event now includes train rides, bounce house, craft and flea market, food vendors a car show and tractor show as well as the intended Tractor and Truck pull. It should be a fun day in Bonfield. Oh, I almost forgot, the Fireworks at 9 pm. For more info go to Bonfield Barnyard and Tractor Pull on
Facebook.

The 17th Annual Covered Bridge Ride will be June 29and 30th. If you have not experienced this ride yet, you don’t know what you are missing. The bridges are wonderful and the food is great. Its about 35 miles each day in the backhome country of Indiana. Sign up ends on June 19th. Contact Joe Warters 765-362-0910.

Olde Time Farm Show is featuring Oliver and Allis this year from July 5th thru the 7th. There will be lots of activities including Tractor Games sponsored by CIGC at 2 pm on Saturday. I could use some help with that. There is also a tractor pull on Sunday. Go to oldetimefarmshow.com for more info. Our trailer will be there and we will need some volunteers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Historic Farm Days will occur from July 11 thru the 14 at the Club grounds in Penfield, IL This year’s feature are the 1458 and 1568 V8 IH tractors. It will also feature the 80th anniversary of the H & M tractors. This show also celebrates the 25 Anniversary of the Chapter 10 IH Collectors Club of llinois. Field demonstrations daily, tractor pulls, fireworks, parades and much, much more. There is an International 856 Wheatland for raffle too. Only 250 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Their tx number is 217-595-5000.

July 18th thru the 21st will be the Will County Thresherman’s Association show at the Spiess Farm located on US Rte. 52 just East of Wilton Center. They are featuring Oliver, White and Cletrac. There is also a tractor pull there as well as farming demonstrations of wheat threshing and plowing. Always a good time and yes our trailer will be there and yes, we need people to man (or woman) it. More info is at steamshow.org. PS the 7th Annual Vintage Tractor Ride will be held on July 20th sponsored by the Peotone Educational Foundation who supports the Ag program at Peotone High School. The cost is $65 and leaves the WCTA Show at 8:00 am sharp and includes a pork chop dinner.

Manteno Veteran’s Ride will occur on August the 10th. As usual we will have coffee and donuts before leaving the Evans Farm at 8:30. Another contingent will leave from Jim Morgan’s in Peotone. Please note the change in the date!

Half Century of Progress runs from August 22nd through 25th. This year’s theme is Harvest Brigade. If you can pick with it or cut with it or reap with it, you can display it. There will be field emonstrations daily, parades, parts and collectibles for sale and you will be able to see most any kind of farm item in operation each day. There is a tractor ride on Thursday but you must sign up ahead of time. The giant flag returns too with a formal raising of the flag each day. And yes, the fields did get planted. CIGC will share the very first spot as you come in the gate to sell our wares with Olde Time Farm Show. We need volunteers from Thursday on to help man (or woman) the trailer. You can find out a whole lot more by going to www.halfcenturyofprogress.com.

Craig’s Corner – May 2019

This is our busy time of year. Thanks to Jim Morgan who donated 3 coolers to our Club. We still need a volunteer to fill them and bring them to our meetings. That could be you! Anne and Nancy have made some new purchases for the trailer. There are nice new t-shirts and sweatshirts and some new summer hats. There are also some really cute children’s books depicting current and historical farm life just incase there is a child you need to spoil. A Volunteer list is out for the trailer to man (or woman) them during the OTFS, WCTA, 50 Years and Pontiac. We really need your help. Don’t forget we also have pedal tractor tickets for that vintage 4020.

May 18th will be a fundraiser for the CIGC Spring Tractor Ride. There will be coffee and donuts from 8:30 and leaving promptly at 9:00 am. The donation is $25 but lunch will NOT be provided. Rumor has it we are headed west through Masonia, Braidwood and rural Coal City. Should be fun. There is no rain date at this time.

The Morris Tractor Ride will be held from May 31 to June 2nd at the Bill Burnham farm in Morris Illinois. Organized by Mary Beth DeGrush and lead by Max Armstrong, the ride will honor Bill Burnham Sr. who passed shortly after the 2017 ride. This is a beautiful area of Illinois near the Illinois River You can get more info at MorrisTractorRide.com.

The 17th Annual Covered Bridge Ride will be June 29and 30th. If you have not experienced this ride yet, you don’t know what you are missing. The bridges are wonderful and the food is great. Its about 35 miles each day in the back-home country of Indiana. Sign up ends on June 19th. Contact Joe Warters 765-362-0910.

Olde Time Farm Show is featuring Oliver and Allis this year from July 5th thru the 7th. There will be lots of activities including Tractor Games sponsored by CIGC at 2 pm on Saturday. I could use some help with that. There is also a tractor pull on Sunday. Go to oldetimefarmshow.com for more info. Our trailer will be there and we will need some volunteers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Historic Farm Days will occur from July 11 thru the 14 at the Club grounds in Penfield, IL This year’s feature are the 1458 and 1568 V8 IH tractors. It will also feature the 80th anniversary of the H & M tractors. This show also celebrates the 25 Anniversary of the Chapter 10 IH Collectors Club of Illinois. Field demonstrations daily, tractor pulls, fireworks, parades and much, much more. Their number is 217-595-5000.

July 18th thru the 21st will be the Will County Thresherman’s Association show at the Spiess Farm located on US Rte. 52 just East of Wilton Center. They are featuring Oliver, White and Cletrac. There is also a tractor pull there as well as farming demonstrations of wheat threshing and plowing. Always a good time and yes our trailer will be there and yes, we need people to man (or woman) it. More info is at steamshow.org. PS the 7th Annual Vintage Tractor Ride will be held on July 20th sponsored by the Peotone Educational Foundation who supports the Ag program at Peotone High School. The cost is $65 and leaves the WCTA Show at 8:00 am sharp and includes a pork chop dinner.

Craig’s Corner – April 2019

I am still working on the 501C3 for the Club. It is a little slower than I would like, but we will get there. I am always looking to Club members to feature so if you would like to be that person, call me. We are always looking for a guest speaker for our meetings. If you have an idea, please let us know. I also have Pedal Tractor tickets for sale. We sold a number of tickets at Seneca’s FFA Toy Show. Dave Wehrmann and the Directors are forming the Committee to decide the parameters for Ride the River grantees. If you are interested in being part of the Committee, please contact Dave. Tractor season is upon us. Come on out and enjoy a safe tractor season. Don’t forget if you have an activity or something to sell you can call me or email to craigplong@gmail.com.

Craig’s Corner – March 2019

I am still working on the 501C3 for the Club. It is a little slower than I would like because of the Federal Government shutdown but we will get there. I am always looking to Club members to feature so if you would like to be that person, call me. The feature member will return next month as we had so much to tell you this month. We are always looking for a guest speaker for our meetings. If you have an idea, please let us know. I also have Pedal Tractor tickets for sale. Don’t forget if you have an activity or something to sell you can call me or email to craigplong@gmail.com.

Shed Tour! We will have our Tour of the Long Ranch on March 30, 2019 come rain, snow, ice, tornado, typhoon, mudslide, flood, you name it. We will have coffee, water and pastries and fellowship from 9:00 am until 12 noon. Come, get out of the house, pretend Spring has Sprung!

Craig’s Corner – February 2019

I am still working on the 501C3 for the Club. It is a little slower than I would like because of the Federal Government shutdown but we will get there. I am always looking to Club members to feature so if you would like to be that person, call me. We are always looking for a guest speaker for our meeting. If you have an idea, please let us know. I am postponing the trip to the Long ranch until better weather. I will reschedule another date soon. Al Heatherwick is putting together a trip to Waterloo to the Deere facilities there. The amount of people will be limited so contact him if you are interested. It will be a 2-day tour. I have listed a number of activities coming thru March. Don’t stare at winter, come out and enjoy some activities. Don’t forget if you have an activity or something to sell you can call me or email to craigplong@gmail.com.