Day Of The Dozer

In its 19th year ‘Illinois Day of the Dozer’ still giving kids the ultimate ride

On Saturday, September 9th kids will get the experience of a lifetime… a chance to see and ride heavy construction and farming equipment! 

The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington.

In its 18 years, more than 12,000 kids have attended this one-of-a-kind event! On this day, the kids will be in the driver’s seat and actually drive dozers, excavators, and other heavy equipment with a professional operator at their side.

Additional farming, construction and Emergency vehicles will be on exhibit, plus the world’s largest sandbox and other kid friendly activities. Food, refreshments, and souvenirs will be available. It’s a great day for good dirty fun!

Tickets for kids are $6 in advance, and $7 at the gate. Admission includes souvenir ‘hard hat’. Purchase tickets in advance at: Hy-Vee Bloomington, The School Shop, and Stark Excavating. (Tickets not required for adults)

Proceeds will benefit the “Stay 4” Project; a local initiative designed to address the high school drop-out crisis and help low-income students that demonstrate the ability to succeed yet are at risk of dropping out. 

For more information CLICK HERE!


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…