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Busy Weekend in Fairbury

Put on your walking shoes and your thinking caps because this weekend is full of events!  Between browsing various sales and learning about our area’s history, you’re sure to keep busy.

Starting off the big week is the Fairbury All-Town Garage Sale, one of the biggest sales of the year!  From Thursday to Saturday, April 25-27, tour the town and take care of all of your spring shopping.  Over 70 homes are participating in the event, and that means lots of items for sale.  You are sure to find something you’ll like.

Before you go on your shopping spree, stop by one of the sponsoring shops for a map featuring all of the garage sales.  You can also check the City of Fairbury website (www.cityoffairbury.com) for a map as well.

While you’re in the shopping mood, make sure to stop by Dominy Memorial Library for the Spring Book Sale.  The Friends of Dominy Library are offering a plethora of books, both fiction and nonfiction.  The price of the books is determined by how big the book is (50¢ per inch).

Items for sale include gardening, classics, mystery, romance, and western books; children’s books; magazines; coffee table books; large prints; and DVDs.

The Spring Book Sale is open on Thursday, April 25th, from 9 am to 6 pm; Friday, April 26th, from 8 am to 5 pm; and Saturday, April 27th, from 9 am to noon.  Don’t forget to scan the library’s garage sale as well (located in the White Community Room)!

On Friday, April 26th from 5-9pm at Divot’s/Indian Creek Banquet Room, the Garden Club is co-hosting the 2nd Annual Spring Vendor Event showcasing twenty local vendors!  Lots of variety and interesting items.

The Area Nature & History Event is also taking place this weekend on Saturday, April 27th.  This is an all-day event (from 9 am to 3 pm), but you can come and go as you like.  In Chenoa, Fairbury, Forrest, and Chatsworth, listen to talks about history and nature specific to our area.  Everyone – adults and children alike – are welcome to attend.

Chenoa:  Learn all about the historic Weston Cemetery Prairie Nature Reserve, home to over 70 different native plant species.  Discover why the prairie plot must be preserved.  The talk will be held at the Chenoa Library from 9 to 9:45 am.

Fairbury:  Experience the wonders of nature through the eyes of a local photographer.  Also, learn how to attract Eastern Bluebirds in your own backyard with a bluebird specialist.  These talks will be held from 10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Indian Creek Banquet Room.

Forrest:  Go in-depth about the area’s railroad history, and discover the story behind the historic Hampsher Hotel.  Stop in for an old-fashioned lunch at the Hotel in the Garden Room.  This lunch will go from 11:30 am to 1 pm, and it will be held in the Depot and the Hamspher Garden Room.  (All donations for lunch will go to the Wabash Festival and the Central Illinois Connection.)

Chatsworth:  Learn about the Native Americans in our region.  You can meet a real Native American woman dressed in a traditional outfit!  You can also study Native American artifacts from the area.  Attend a Native American birthday party from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Connection Center.  Come and enjoy some cake!

We love to hear your stories, ideas and suggestions!  You can share them with us by calling (815) 692-4500 or emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.  Also, you can visit our coordinator, Bobbi McKeon, at Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.