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BIG Weekend Planned for the Area

This coming Saturday (September 24th), the 12th Annual Wabash Festival will be held in downtown Forrest.  Activities taking place from 10am-4pm, with breakfast starting at 7:30am.  Besides wonderful Breakfast and Lunch Stands along with live entertainment, there will be many free events and attractions including:

  • Classic Car & Truck Cruise-in
  • Race Car Simulator
  • Kiddie Train Rides and Inflatables
  • a Unicyclist
  • Horse Rides
  • a Photo Booth
  • Street Vendors
  • Face Painting and Balloon Art
  • Live Entertainment
  • Dunk Tank

Take this opportunity to visit the renovated Forrest Depot and also the quaint Hampsher Hotel!  F-S-W Eskimos & PC Hawks Alumni are encouraged to stop by the Alumni Center in the Forrest American Legion, too.

This event also boasts “Homemade Amish Fried Pies,” “Freezer/Meat Raffle,” and “Wa’Bash’ Souvenir T-shirts.  There will be breakfast and lunch stands at the “Trackside Grill.”  Breakfast served 7:30 am-10am; Lunch 11am to 3pm, including homemade ham and beans by the Forrest Lions Club, Coffee Steamer, Varela’s Tacos, and Crazy 4 Kettlecorn!

What a great way for families to enjoy a day full of Fun, Food and Friends!  Make plans to head to this Wabash Festival – before or after the Fairbury garage sales.

The Fairbury Women’s Club is, once again, sponsoring the Fairbury Fall All Town Garage Sale Days – this Friday (Sept. 23rd) and Saturday (Sept. 24th).  This is a great event attracting many folks to town.

“Our club has been sponsoring these sales spring and fall for over 30 years.  We are a small non-profit club of 11 members who work hard and truly appreciate the support of the community and those who advertise with us,” says Carol Ely, club secretary, PR and leadership chairman.

With the goal being to bring people to Fairbury to experience the area, the Fairbury Women’s Club has ads in 20 publications and four websites, plus they print maps and flyers. The ads cover a 200-mile radius of Fairbury bringing many people from out of town and out of state.  Maps are on line at www.cityoffairbury.com, and can be picked up at Dave’s, R & D Liquors, Doc’s, Heart’s Desire, Casey’s, Spotted Owl, Fairbury DQ, Serendipity, Fairbury Furniture, and Once N Again.

The profits from the sales have been used for local community projects such as Brian Munz Safety Complex, Dominy Memorial Library Summer Reading Program, Relay for Life, PC Music Program, Illinois Leadership Seminar for Sophomore student, June Blood Drive, and After Prom, plus projects such as Operation Smile, Canine Companions, Shot@Life, Helping Babies Breathe, Camp I Am Me, Veterans projects, Native American projects, Shawnee National Forrest, Winning Wheels and Very Special Arts, to name quite a few.  “Our club meets the first Thursday of each month.  Membership is open to anyone 18 or over that would like to work to make our community a better place in which to live,” says Carol.

Also, Friends of Dominy Library Fall Book Sale will be held Thursday, September 22, 9am-6pm, Friday, September 23, 9am-5pm and Saturday, September 24, 9am-Noon.  The shelves in the Friends’ Book Sale Room have been restocked with a great variety of titles covering many categories.  They are spotlighting a special Holiday collection! While you are taking in the Fairbury All-town-garage-sales, stop in for some great fall and winter reading material.

Don’t forget the Wabash Festival in Forrest.  “The celebration takes place downtown,” says Kim Benway, one of the coordinators of this big event.  “Come join us on Saturday for FREE, FAMILY, FUN in FORREST!  One item added this year is a dunk tank.  Also, there will be golf carts stationed around to transport people throughout the festival – bank corner to pavilion to depot.”

“Having a variety of events in multiple communities is a good things,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.  “Cooperation between communities will help everyone!”  Call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.