Come sit, visit and listen to the Pontiac Municipal Band Concert play a variety of music on the south side of the old courthouse. (In case of inclement weather, they will hold the concert in the church hall at the First United Methodist Church, 219 N. Chicago St.) For more information please call 815-844-7274.
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- RECENT NEWS & EVENTS
P.R.O.U.D. is having a 5K “Color Blast Run” on Saturday, July 26, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Check-in and Race Day registration is from 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. in the First Lutheran Church parking lot, located at 311 W. Grove St. here in Pontiac, IL. The 5K route starts at the First Lutheran Church on Grove St., goes east to Mill St., north on Mill St. to Water St. It then goes east on Water St. to Riverside Drive where you go south thru Chautauqua Park. When you exit the park, you’ll turn right onto Forrest St. and proceed to Dargon Park. You’ll then go west on Madison St. all the way to Vermillion St. where you’ll turn south and follow to Grove St. At Grove St., you’ll turn left (east) and proceed back to the First Lutheran Church parking lot.
The Color Blast Run is a Fun Run for all ages. This is a unique race that creates an atmosphere that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. You can run, walk or dance just as long as you’re having Fun.
Team of (4+) Runners (4+ friends that will be running, laughing and dancing through the course together) is $30.00/Person-Team Runner Pricing and after July 15, 2014 it is $35/Person-Team Runner.
Individual Runner is $35.00 – Solo Runner Pricing and after July 15, 2014 it is $40.00 – Solo Runner Pricing
This will be held rain or shine. Entry fees are non-refundable. No Guarantee that you will get an event shirt after July 15, 2014.
Portion of the registration cost goes directly to: Christmas Light-Up Parade and the Santa House Restoration.
This year’s “Mighty Vermillion Duck Race” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Humiston Riverside Park on the Vermillion River, with the winners being announced at 8:00 p.m. Approximately 5,000 ducks will race for prizes. You may adopt a duck for a $5.00 donation. Each duck is numbered and the adoptive parents receive a corresponding randomly computer assigned adoption number. If you would like to adopt more ducks, just let them know how many you would like. These will also be $5.00 per duck. There are also 5 different V.I.D. duck packages available. Proceeds from the race help benefit the “Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County”. For more information about these packages and just adopting a duck, please call 815-842-3089.
Come to watch or to participate in Parkpalooza – 2nd Annual Pontiac Cardboard Boat Regatta to be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m on the Vermillion River in the Play Park.
To register or learn more about this, please call 815-844-6818 or go on line to the City’s website at www.pontiac.org.
Parkpalooza – 2nd Annual Pontiac Cardboard Boat Regatta
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Check In: 2:00 p.m.
First Race: 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Entry Fee: $25.00 per craft
Judges decide on the interpretation of the rules.
Boat Construction Rules:
Only the following materials may be used for construction of the boat.
* Cardboard. Pre-treated cardboard such as waxed cardboard is not allowed.
* Duct tape (or equivalent: i.e. Gorilla tape)
* Liquid Nails (or equivalent).
* Latex paint.
The crew compartment cannot be enclosed so as to interfere with escape.
Each boat must carry a closed gallon plastic jug (or PFD) with 15′ rope tether firmly secured to the vessel. This is for use in locating and retrieving any sunken remains.
Design is left to builder(s). Let your imagination take over. There is no size limit or shape requirements (other that those listed) for the water craft. Just keep in mind the location of the race.
Decorations and participant costumes are allowed and encouraged provided they are not used as a structural or floatation elements.
* All participants must sign a waiver.
* Every crew member must wear a personal floatation devise (PFD). These must be supplied by participants.
* Paddles are allowed. Participants must supply their own paddles.
* No sails, mechanized means of propulsion is allowed.
* There is a limit of TEN (10) people per water craft.
* You CANNOT race without the proper signatures on the entry form.
* The crew must be in/on the craft at the start and finish of the race.
* No pets can occupy a boat during competition.
* Throwing water on another boat is reason for disqualification, unless said water comes from the incidental splash of a paddle.
* Sunken or discarded boats must be disposed of in the designated trash receptacle.
* This is a fun event!!! Any behavior that is deemed to be inappropriate or detrimental to the event or other participants will result in team disqualification.
* 1st Place will be the team with the fastest time which can survive all the heats/races.
* The Spirit Award will be awarded by judges choose the most spirited team.
* The Titanic Award will be given to the team of the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion.
Come to start your Color Blast Fun Run/Parkpalooza day with pancakes at the First Lutheran Church Pancake Brunch on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, located at 311 W. Grove St. here in Pontiac, IL. Along with pancakes, sausage, fruit and a drink as your meal, you can also get other items individually for a small cost. Cost for Adults is $5.00, Children 5-12 Years Old is $3.00 and Children Under 5 are Free. Other items are Fruit Bowls – $2.00, Dessert Items – $1.00, Popcorn – $1.00, Soda/Water – $1.00, Gatorade – $1.50. Proceeds will go toward the First Lutheran Church Youth Groups. For more information, please call 815-844-3695.
If you like home grown produce, fresh bake goods, fresh flowers, plants and other homemade products, come check out the Pontiac Farmers Market. There will be various vendors to browse and shop through. For more information, contact P.R.O.U.D. at 815-844-6692.
The Ron-De-Voo in Dwight, IL (815-584-9818) is holding a Motorcycle Ride for Animals (cars & trucks are also welcome) with all proceeds going to the Livingston County Humane Society (21179 N 1358 East Road – 815-842-1025). This is a 93 mile ride. Entry fee is $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for couples. Registration will be from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with the ride beginning at 12:00 p.m. You will be returning at 5:00 p.m. Price includes food, entertainment, raffles and 50/50 drawings.
For more information please call 815-584-9818 or 815-842-1025.
Come and join in on the celebrating Pontiac’s Parks & the Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, July 26,2014 at Humiston Riverside Park – 400 W. Water St. – here in Pontiac, IL. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy all of the activities. For more information, please call 815-844-6818 or stop by the Rec Center, located at 900 N. Elm St. You may also visit www.pontiac.org for information.
Sports, Games and Food
8:00 a.m. – P.R.O.U.D.’s 5K Color Blast Run (please phone 815-844-6692 for more information or about an entry form)
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. – Pancake Brunch at the First Lutheran Church – 311 W. Grove St.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Ribberfest Cooking Contest
3:00 p.m. – Cardboard Boat Regatta at Play Park (see rules & regulations on the Parkpalooza – 2nd Annual Pontiac Cardboard Boat Regatta or for an entry form go to the Rec Center at 900 N. Elms St. or call 815-844-6818 or go to www.pontiac.org)
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Family Games (inflatables, dunk tank, games, relays, etc.)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Free Community Picnic (Hot Dogs, Sweet Corn, Ice Cream, Bottled Water – only while supplies last)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Joliet American Legion Band
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Under Authority Band
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Magician
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Vermillion Players
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Dueling Piano: Felix and Fingers
Exhibitors and Displays
7:00 p.m . – Boys & Girls Club of Pontiac Duck Race
Red Fez Concessions – Snow Cones, Popcorn, Lemonade, Ice Tea
Bounce Houses, etc. – Sponsored by Country Financial, Marlon Eilts
6:15 p.m. – Pontiac Bible Church vs. Saint Mary’s Church (Blue Team)
7:30 p.m. – Baptist/Presbyterian Church vs. First United Methodist Church
8:45 p.m. – Fairbury Baptist Church vs. Lutheran Church
All games are played at the Rec Plex located at 2104 Old Airport Road here in Pontiac, IL
The Pontiac Walmart Supercenter and the United Way of Livingston County are teaming up to provide school supplies for children in need. The Stuff a Bus program will begin Thursday, July 31, 2014 and will run through Sunday, August 10 at the Walmart here in Pontiac. You may either purchase school items to donate or make a cash donation to be used towards the purchase of school supplies.
Pontiac Township High School is providing the bus that will be loaded. Items that have been collected will be distributed by the Pontiac Salvation Army during their regular school supply distribution. The main distribution for this year will be August 5-7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army – 112 N. Division St. The program will continue during regular hours until school starts or all of the supplies are gone. There is no charge for any of the school supplies. People who wish to participate need to provide proof there is a child in the home.
For more information please contact the United Way of Livingston County at 815-844-5131.