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2021 Midwestern Regional Conference
JUNE 25 – 27, 2021

More information, contact Karie Blasingame: Phone (815) 299-0313 | Email: kblasingame77@gmail.com

LOCATION

Boone County Fairgrounds
8791 IL Rte 76
Belvidere, IL 61008 

REGISTRATION

Deadline for Registration is June 1st which will allow our team and the post office to get you the supplies you need if you are virtual. In your packet you will receive anything we are working with. You will not receive any paper, all paper files or templates will be emailed to you for you to print out before enjoying the conference from wherever you are connecting virtually, some files may be sent to you after the workshop so as not to ruin the surprise. We hope to see you in person but totally understand if you want to participate from home. If you change your mind and want to be with us in person, simply bring what we have sent you to the conference and join in with the rest of us. Do give Karie a heads up so she has enough food for everyone.  REGISTRATION FORM

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 Friday Night – June 25th
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM Light Supper
7:00 PM Grange Baseball – virtual
8:30 PM Plan for Paint on State
 Saturday – June 26th
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Youth Workshop-virtual
10:00 AM Paint on State
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Junior Workshop-virtual
2:00 PM Membership workshop-virtual/Code Reading begins
2:45 PM Illinois workshop-virtual
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Minnesota Workshop-virtual
4:30 PM Iowa Workshop-virtual
5:15 PM Break
5:30 PM Indiana workshop-virtual
6:00 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Public Speaking/Sign-a-Song-virtual
9:00 PM Surprise Auction Items
9:30 PM Grange Debate
 Sunday – June 27th
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Church Service
9:30 AM Junior Auction
10:30 AM Wrap up and Suggestions for Improvement
11:00 AM Tour of Fairgrounds

 

Times are subject to adjustment depending on discussion, we will try our hardest to take breaks when they are scheduled and get back on track.

Depending on how many Juniors register there is the possibility of Junior breakout workshops. Those also have the potential of being virtual, so please let us know if you have a junior attending in person or virtual so we can get the supplies you need. I will let all participants know when we will have a separate Junior schedule by email.

SAFETY

Boone County Health Department has indicated that as of right now we are at 50 people per meeting place. Masks
should be worn in all indoor locations as well as social distancing protocols respected. We are working closely with the Boone County Health Department to hold our County Fair this year, so all guidelines will be respected and followed.

How it has been working at our local Grange meetings, everyone is required to wear their mask into the building and
after seated is allowed to drop it down while discussion happens. If moving around the room your mask is required to be back over your face and nose. I suspect the same should work for us during our conference. There are members who feel more comfortable leaving their mask on the entire time and that should be respected. All bathrooms have hand soap and hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray. It will take all of us to keep our surrounding clean and free from germs after using the facilities it would be helpful if you use the sanitizing spray to keep the bathrooms germ free. Children will be assisted in cleaning and we will also have someone clean it every couple of hours to be on the safe side. Lots of rules, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Its our goal to stay safe and have fun at the same time.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Our Conference will be held at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, Illinois. We have the second largest
fairgrounds in the state and host many events throughout the summer. We will be utilizing the Grange Hall and
Administration Building for our conference. We may also get to see the One Room Schoolhouse and the Grange
Museum if time permits.

Housing on Fairgrounds

$10 per night – Boys in the Upstairs of the Grange Hall – Girls in the basement of the Administration building.

$35 per night – Camping in our Campground. We have water and electric. We do not have a dumping station, but I know where a couple are before you get on the road. We may have the option of getting your camper pumped out on Sunday morning, I will be looking into that. Cost is per campsite not per person and goes directly to our Fairgrounds.

Housing off the Fairgrounds

We have many hotels within minutes of the Fairgrounds. Cost options vary based on hotel chosen.

America’s Best Value Inn – 1605 N State St., Belvidere, IL 61008
Days Inn – 220 S Lyford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108
Baymont – 662 N Lyford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107
La Quinta Inn & Suites – 7401 Walton St., Rockford, IL 61108
Red Roof Inn – 7434 E State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Comfort Inn – 7392 Argus Dr., Rockford, IL 61107
Staybridge Suites – 633 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107
Holiday Inn – 7550 E State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Super 8 – 7646 Colosseum Dr., Rockford, IL 61107
Courtyard by Marriott- 7676 E State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Hampton Inn – 615 Clark Dr., Rockford, IL 61107
Extended Stay America – 653 Clark Dr., Rockford, IL 61107
Hilton Garden Inn – 7675 Walton St., Rockford, IL 61108
Candlewood Suites – 7555 Walton St., Rockford, IL 61108
Fairfield Inn & Suites – 7651 Walton St., Rockford, IL 61108
Radisson Hotel – 200 S Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61108