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Emergency Alert Tones -- How to Tell the Difference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Jackson   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:47



Emergency Alert Tones -- How to Tell the Difference


There are two (2) tones used:


A solid tone (ALERT) is used for tornado warnings.  It is sounded for 3-5 minutes.

When this tone is used, it is to alert you so that you can seek shelter and tune

into your TV or radio to get information concerning the weather alert.

If the City of Collinsville is in the tornado warning area, the ALERT tone will be sounded.


The wavering tone (ATTACK) is used in case of an attack.  It is also sounded for 3-5 minutes.

There is no "all-clear" tone.


During the monthly tests, both tones will sound for 30 seconds with a pause between

each tone.  The City uses the National Guideline Procedures for the sounding of

our warning system.




Searching for Brooks Catsup Royalty! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Jackson   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:44



May 26, 2012 




Entry deadline is Saturday, June 22, 2013


The 15th annual World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival will be held Sunday, July 7, 2013, and girls and boys are needed for the GSC Credit Union Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup Contest.  The deadline to enter the contest is Saturday, June 22, 2013.


All contestants must be ages 3 to 6 years old on Sunday, July 7, 2013.  There are NO residency restrictions – catsup bottle loving kids are welcome from anywhere.  The contest will be held at 10:30AM on the Laura Buick GMC Big Tomato Stage during the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival at the American Legion Post 365 in Collinsville, Illinois.


It is very important to note that is intended as a fun event.  Judging will not be based on a “professional” pageant rulebook.  Anyone looking or acting like contestants from “Toddlers and Tiaras” run the risk of being disqualified.  That goes for parents, too.  We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and no one else should either. (This is a Honey Boo Boo free zone.)


Participants should appear on the day of the pageant in summer clothes and keep the thoughts of ketchup, classic cars, summer fun, and the Catsup Bottle birthday party in mind.  Each child will be interviewed and asked to perform on stage.  They will need to state their name, age, answer a simple question or two, and recite their own Catsup Bottle fun fact.  There will also be a talent demonstration such as singing, dancing, a magic trick, etc.


There is a $20 entry fee.  Everyone must be pre-registered. There will be NO registration the day of the event.



  •   ALL contestants will receive a goody gift bag and a bottle of Brooks Ketchup;
  •   Finalists will also receive a contest participation medal; and
  •   Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup will receive a crown, a sash, a trophy, plus other gifts from our sponsors.


To get more information and entry forms for the GCS Federal Credit Union Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup Contest:

  •   Log on to and click on the Children’s Pageant button
  •   Email pageant coordinator Stephanie McGovern at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  •   Stephanie McGovern is available for interviews


Stephanie McGovern is a Collinsville native and graduate of SIUE.  She is currently a graduate student at Lindenwood University Belleville where she coaches the dance team.  McGovern is also the current Miss Southern Sweetheart, a preliminary to Miss Illinois.  This is McGovern’s 4th year as pageant coordinator for the annual World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival.


Now presenting the 2012 Little Princess Tomato & Little Sir Catsup:

Keira Cromwell (6) of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Brynner Reising (4) of Collinsville, Illinois

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