The Village of Farmersville will hold the 110th Irish Days picnic and homecoming celebration this week, Thursday, June 10, Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. “Welcome Back to Irish Days” will offer a variety of entertainment for attendees of all ages.
Advance arm bands for carnival rides will be sold for $15 apiece at Bank and Trust Co., in Farmersville until noon on Saturday, June 12. Armbands may also be purchased at the celebration for $20 apiece. Tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket or 22 tickets for $20. Each ride requires two to three tickets. Armband purchasers will be entered into a raffle to win a bicycle. The Irish Days Association will raffle off two bikes each night of the celebration, as well as additional consolation prizes. Those that purchase arm bands will receive a numbered raffle ticket for the drawing. The drawings will take place on the midway each night at 10 p.m. Participants must be present to win. In the case of inclement weather, the drawings will take place on Sunday, June 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Farmersville. On Saturday, June 12, rides will be $1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus St. Isidore Council #1152 will host their annual beer and fish tent each night of Irish Days. The Knights of Columbus have multiple entertainments lined up. The tent will be open on Thursday, June 10, from 5 p.m. until midnight, with no one under 21 admitted after 7 p.m. Live Wire will perform an acoustic set on Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Friday, June 11, the Hillbilly Golf Tournament will be held at 2 p.m., Silver Dollar Band will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. and 90’s Daughter will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. The annual chili cook-off will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, and Off The Wall will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The Hillbilly Golf Tournament benefits Farmersville-Waggoner Sports Association. The registration fee is $20 per team and cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place. For further information contact Eric Webb at 217-825-8716.
This will be the 34th annual Chili Cook-Off. Participants will begin cooking at 11 a.m. and judging will begin at 2 p.m. The registration fee is $25 and cash prizes and trophies will be awarded, $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $100 for third place and $50 for people’s choice. All proceeds will benefit Panhandle School District’s special education programs. For more information contact Brad Whalen at 239-404-0873, Shaun Webb at 217-299-8802, or Ray Durston at 217-825-9444.
Thursday’s activity roster includes various food tents from 5 to 10 p.m.; KC #1152 tent from 5 p.m. to midnight; and rides, games and exhibits from 6 to 10 p.m. The Maker’s Market will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.
The Little Miss and Little Mister Irish Days ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, at Waggoner American Legion Post #701. The 2021 Little Miss and Little Mister candidates include Arya Stimac, Payson Smith, Charlotte Plaza, Audrey Rovey, Lennox Sidwell and Riker Payne. The 2019 Little Mister Korbin Rovey and 2019 Little Miss Madison Yard will be on-site for the coronation of this year’s royalty.
The Irish Days festivities will include pasture pool. The event will be held on the tennis courts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Tickets are $10 apiece and participants may win up to $500 each night, depending on the number of tickets sold. Half of the proceeds from pasture pool are donated to the Lincolnwood Junior and Senior High School girl’s basketball program. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Bank and Trust Company in Farmersville or by calling 217-710-4744.
Friday’s roster includes food tents from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; KC #1152 tent activities from 4 p.m. to midnight; the maker’s market will open at 10 a.m., rides, games and activities from 6 to 10 p.m. At 6 p.m. preschool through sixth grade students are invited to showcase their speed in the foot races. An introduction of the 2021 Irish Days Queen contestants at 7 p.m. A dedication to Jim Keller and Mick Gorman and tree planting will follow the introduction.
The morning of Saturday, June 12, will start with a flash as participants lace up their running shoes for the 2021 Monisa Clark Irish Days Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk. The race will begin at Farmersville’s old high school gymnasium. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m., the 5K fun run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. and the one mile fun run/walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Registration fees are $15 per person and $17 for shirt sizes 2X and larger. All checks may be made payable to the Montgomery County Breast Cancer Support Group and mailed to Ruth Leonard at 125 Hoelting Street, Farmersville, IL 62533. Questions may be directed to Leonard at 217-494-3848. A small program honoring survivors will be held at Farmersville City Park pavilion following the completion of the race.
The antique truck and tractor show will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free and winners will be selected in the following categories, people’s choice, best of show, best pickup, best rusty truck, best heavy duty truck, best working tractor, best garden tractor, and best of decades - teens to 1970’s. For more information contact Tammy Stieren at 217-341-2962.
A youth pedal pull will be held at the park at 10 a.m. The event is open to children 12 years old and under. Stock tractors will be provided and cash prizes will be awarded.
The Irish Days bags tournament will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Registration will start at 11 a.m. by the Knights of Columbus tent. Teams consist of two players, one of whom must be over the age of 18. Registration is $20 per team and cash prizes will be awarded to winners. A $50 prize will also be given for best attire and a $25 prize will be awarded for best team name. For further information contact Dayne Merkel at 217-414-8122 or Kimberly Denney at 217-652-0145.
The Irish Days parade will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Parade registration will be held at St. Isidore School at 3 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “A Century Ago” and features ten categories: religious, civic groups and organizations, youth groups, out of town floats, golf carts, families, horses, business floats, classic vehicles and antique tractors. Multiple cash prizes will be awarded in each of the categories.
Saturday’s activity line-up includes food tents from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; KC #1152 tent activities from 11 a.m. to midnight; an adult tractor pull at 11:30 a.m.; the Irish Days Parade at 4 p.m.; ride matinee from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; free face painting in the park following the parade to 8 p.m.; rides, games and activities from 6 to 10 p.m.; pasture pool at 6 p.m.; and Professor Longhair at the pavilion from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
The 2021 Irish Days Queen Pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. This year’s candidates include Callie Jones, Makenna Lutz and Katelyn Payne. The presentation of Farmersville’s Citizen of the Year and 2019 Miss Irish Days Maggie McClelland’s retiring speech will occur prior to the coronation of the 2021 Irish Days Queen.