Today we went to the Arthur Cheese Festival
, which also runs Sunday and Monday.
We watched a performance of the Joey Kelly Circus
, a little family circus with a big history. (Joey Kelly is the grandson of one of the most famous clowns in the world, Emmett Kelly.) It featured Joey the Clown, Lindy the ringleader, Nathan the juggler (quite
good already, and he's only 12), and Bethany the acrobat (on both aerial silks and trapeze).
The festival had a good selection of vendors -- better than recent years, actually. I bought several yards of fabric (variously $1 and $.50 per yard, wow) and a hurricane lamp candleholder, plus a packet of "Habanero Hot" dip mix for Doug. The latter booth had a wide selection of different-flavored dips available for sampling. We also admired the contents of a blacksmith's booth; good prices on the decorative ironwork, just a bit out of current budget range. Plus we ate lunch and bought a funnel cake for dessert.
Central Illinois folks who don't have anything to do this weekend, consider dropping by the Cheese Festival. It's fun.