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Packing Main Street: Hundreds hit downtown for 10th annual Mahomet Auto Fest

Mahomet was the place to be on Sunday. Anyone rolling in from Interstate 74 or U.S. 150 instantly knew the village was abuzz.

The 10th annual Mahomet Auto Fest showcased 270 vehicles along downtown Mahomet's Main Street, where the 80-degree, sunny weather welcomed hundreds of attendees.


Seymour puts American pride on display in Fourth of July parade

The Fourth of July puts the small town of Seymour on the map. Last Wednesday, hundreds donning their red, white and blue set up their blankets and chairs along the parade route.

"I think it's just good American spirit and everybody's excited for the Fourth," said Lauren Redmon of Seymour, in anticipation of her first Seymour Fourth of July parade. "It's a small-town feel."


Community members make sweet treats, beat the heat at Museum of the Grand Prairie

Community members beat the heat and made homemade ice cream at the Museum of the Grand Prairie on Monday.

The cool treats were part of the museum's I Scream, You Scream Museum Monday event. Each Monday, from now through Aug. 13, locals have a chance to learn more about culture and natural history at the museum through fun activities.


Ice Daddy's icy treats keep Mahomet cool

With temperatures reaching 90 degrees or more this week, the local owners of Ice Daddy's Shaved Ice Inc. hope Mahomet residents will beat the heat with their sweet treats.


Up close and personal: Local children explore buses, firetrucks, tractors and more at Touch a Truck

The Mahomet Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Touch a Truck event at Barber Park last Saturday.

The rainy weather couldn't deter the dozens of eager youngsters who spent the morning exploring firetrucks, tractors, police cars and many other pieces of big equipment.


'Small town USA. This is what it's all about': Summer Concert Series brings Mahomet community together

Hundreds of community members gathered at Barber Park last Friday for one sole purpose — celebrating Mahomet.

Mahomet Parks and Recreation kicked off its Summer Concert Series with acts such as the Caleb Cook Band and Mike Ingram and provided goodies from local food truck vendors, including Chester's BBQ, Kona Ice, the Snack Shack and TK's Cheesesteaks.


Ladies Night Out provides stress-free evening for area women

Dozens of area women packed the Lake of the Woods Pavilion for a stress-free evening last Thursday.

Since 2010, the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce has celebrated local women by providing them an opportunity to network or simply chat with their friends and be pampered by area businesses.


Farmers' market returns to Mahomet with something for everyone

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its weekly Friday farmers' markets on May 25.


Mahomet Area Youth Club auction raises over $50K in annual fundraiser

"It's for the kids," said Andy Busch, one of two auctioneers at the annual Mahomet Area Youth Club's Boot Scootin' Auction.

Last Friday, approximately 250 people gathered in Doug and Stacy Schroeder's barn north of Mansfield for the youth organization's annual fundraiser.


Taking center stage: Izzy Gonzalez becomes an ambassador for girls with disabilities in a beauty competition

Izzy Gonzalez stood tall and fearless as she looked into the crowd and accepted her Illinois Miss Amazing Jr. Teen award at the Yellow Box, a community church in Naperville, in April.

"I like being on stage," she said.


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