Extension Educator, Community Development
Brenda E. Derrick
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
August 23, 2006
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's FoodFest such a success!
The second annual Locally Grown FoodFest was held Saturday August 5, 2006 in Washington Park in Quincy, IL. Approximately 1000 people attended the FoodFest which celebrates the importance of buying and eating locally grown foods.
The popular Chefs Competition was back again this year with cooking teams from four area restaurants. The new tomato contest, sponsored by the Master Gardeners, was a huge success with 33 entries. Kids and families enjoyed a variety of activities including the watermelon eating and watermelon seed spitting contest, gunny sack races and a kiddie tractor pull sponsored by Adams County Farm Bureau. Cold watermelon and other local foods were available all day as people enjoyed local art and musical entertainment.
University of Illinois Extension worked with a variety of community partners to develop and support the Locally Grown FoodFest each year. This year's sponsors included Adams County Home and Community Education, Busy Bistro, Great River Economic Development Foundation, Heimer & Associates, Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at WIU, Meyer-Polleck Advertising & PR, Quincy Farmers Market, Quincy Park District, Two Rivers R, C & D, University of Missouri Extension, Western Illinois Sustainable Ag Society, WGEM-TV and WQUB Public Radio.
August 1, 2006
The second annual Locally Grown FoodFest is almost here! Join us as we celebrate the importance of eating locally grown foods. Activites get underway at 7:00 am in Washington Park in Quincy, IL with the opening of the Farmers Market. The schedule of other major events is listed below:
9:00 am-Kiddie Tractor Pull
9:00-11:00 am-Tomato Contest Check-In
10:00 am-Gunny Sack Races
10:30 am-Chefs Competition
11:30 am-Watermelon Eating and Seed Spitting Contest
1:00 pm-Tomato Contest Judging
Come and enjoy the great food, local entertainment and art, Klutzy the Clown, activites for kids and families, educational booths and much more.