Archive for August, 2012

Thursday Night Homecoming Cancelled…

Published by admin on August 16th, 2012 - in Uncategorized

…due to rain.

All homecoming events for Thursday the 16th have been cancelled including the tractor pull.

Tractor pull rescheduled for Sunday at 1:00 food will be available at 11 am

Monsanto to Again Donate $2,500 through America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Published by admin on August 13th, 2012 - in Uncategorized

Nonprofit organizations in rural America provide more than just services to people in need. They provide hope. Now, farmers like you have a chance to support your favorite local nonprofit organization with a $2,500 donation through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

If you’ve entered the program in the past, please feel free to enroll again. In 2011, Kent and Jenny Walden won the award for the Community Organization Working for Stewardson. This could be the year that you get to choose the non-profit organization that receives $2,500 in your community!

Now through Nov. 30, 2012, eligible farmers can enter for a chance to win $2,500 that can be directed to a local nonprofit in need. Last year, winning farmers directed more than $1 million to 450 community improvement and service organizations across the country.

And new this year, community members can suggest an idea or initiative that needs funding for a nonprofit in their county. Farmers may review the ideas and consider them in their application.

In addition, in communities impacted by drought, the Monsanto Fund will provide twice the financial support. Winning farmers from counties that have been declared natural disaster areas will now receive double the donation, a total of $5,000. These winners may choose where to direct the additional $2,500 disaster relief donation based on community needs brought forth by the drought.

Farmers can apply online at or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone. The Monsanto Fund will select one winner at random from each of the eligible 1,271 counties and winning farmers and recipient nonprofits will be announced in January 2013.

Stewardson Lions Club 2012 Queen Candidates

Published by tvonderheide on August 10th, 2012 - in Uncategorized

Karissa Quinlan, the reigning Miss Stewardson, will relinquish her title at 10:00 PM Saturday, August 18, to one of the four candidates vying to be the Stewardson Lions Club Homecoming Queen. Karissa and the candidates have been representing the Lions Club in local parades and the candidates have been working hard helping with the sale of the club’s raffle tickets. The winner of this year’s contest will be the fiftieth girl to hold the title of Miss Stewardson.

Kristina Beitz daughter of Matt and Heather Beitz of Stewardson, will be a sophomore at Stewardson-Strasburg High School where she participates in the Drama Club, Pep Band, Marching Band, Drumline, Tech Club, Scholar Bowl, and volleyball. She is also a member of her church’s LYF group. Kristina won the 2011 Regional Spelling Bee and was named to the NTC Top Ten Toss-ups Scholar Bowl in 2010 and 2011. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing volleyball. Kristina is interested in pursuing a career in chilfren’s mental and motor skill growth and development. She wants to travel to Germany, dreams of performing on Broadway, and playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchastra. She is being sponsored by Off Route 32 Cafe.

Kaci Carter will be a junior at Stewardson-Strasburg and is the daughter of Tina and Stuart Vonderheide and John Carter of Stewardson. Kaci is a member of the Drama Club. She enjoys haning out with her friends but also loves quiet time rading books. She is interested in a career in photography or being an English teacher. Personalites of Stewardson is sponsoring Kaci.

Kirsten Rea Davis, who will be a senior at Stewardson-Strasburg, is the daughter of Carrie and Junior Mahnke of Stewardson. She played softball her freshman and sophomore year, was a student council member freshman year, and was member of both the Tech Club and Business Club her Junior year. Kirsten loves drawing, doing hair and nails, being outside, swimming, tanning and, of course hanging out ith her friends. her future plans are to attend a cosmetaology school in the Springfield or Decatur area. Kirsten is sponsored by Stewardson Builders Supply.

Kennedy Ferris, the daughter of Kenny and Melissa Ferris of Stewardson, will be a junior at Stewardson-Strasburg. She has been a member of the softball team, the Drama Club, and the Business Club. She is also a member of the LYF group at her church. Kennedy enjoys hanging out with her friends, shoe shopping, texting, and being with her family. She would like a career being a biology/chemistry teacher. Kennedy also wants to marry the man of her dreams and be a happy wife and mother. Kennedy’s sponsor is Auto-Glass Unlimited of Shumway.

Stewardson Lions Club 2012 Homecoming

Published by tvonderheide on August 10th, 2012 - in Uncategorized

The 2012 Stewardson Lions club Homecoming Tractor/Truck Pull revs up thursday night, August 16, with weigh-in at 5:00 PM. The 5800 pound Barnyard Class is the first class to pull and 12,500 LB Farm Stock blower Classes, the ever popular 7,000 pound Modified Trucks, and 8,000 pound takes place on the 10-acre Lions club recreation site located south of the Stewardson Historical Museum; ample free parking is available. Admission to the tractor pull is $3 per person, children12 and under are admitted free. Interested participants can contact Lion Tracy Vonderheide at (217) 868-5875 for additional information.

The Garden Tractor Pull returns again this year and will be held at the Stewardson Lions Club recreation site on Friday, August 17, ith weigh-in beginning at 5:00 PM; competition will begin at approximately 6 PM. The pullers are affiliated with the Christian Country Tractor Pulling Association and will be pulling in three general divisions: Stock Class, Stock Altered Class, and Super Stock Class. the tractors range from 10 horsepower machines to smoking hot alcohol burners and promise to provide specttators and evening of memorable entertainment. Spectators and tractor pull entrants alike will find plenty of food and drink available from the Lions club food and beverage tent ith beer sold on the premises. Sanitation facilities will be available on site. For complete details regarding th ruls and regulation of the Stewardson Lions Club tractor pull please visit

Looking for family fun? You’ll find seven inflatables from CJ Inflatables which range from a baby bounce house upt through a 90 foot Adrenalin Rush obstacle course hich ill be changed daily. Other fun offerings include a bungee run, a 35 foot tunnel, little kids slide, Giant Boxing gloves and a bounce combo. the inflatables can be enjoyed from 6:00 to 10:00 PM each day of the homecoming. Arm bands cost $10 per day and provide unlimited turns on the inflatables.

Thursday night Dance Etc will perform at the park at 7:00 PM. New this year is a Mechanical Bull Riding which starts at 7:00 PM each night and a Bull Riding Contest at 8:00 PM. Awards and prizes will be given each night to the winner.

Friday night Larson’s Karate will perform at 5:30 at the park and then Live Entertaiment with “Walkin’ with Cash” at the park from 7 to 9:30 PM. Don’t forget we have BINGO every night at the park from 7 to close.

Saturday at 4:00 PM the Kids’ Games will be at the Ball Field. Live entertainment at 6:30 PM is Battle Creek Band. This year the Lions Club celebrates their 50th queen crowned. At 6:30 there will be a reception for all past former Homecoming Queens and at 9:00 PM the former queens will be announced and recognized. The coronation of the 50th queen will be at 10:00 PM and Raffle Ticket drawing will follow.

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