Come celebrate our country’s independence during Fairbury’s Freedom Day on Saturday, July 6th! From 10 am to 3 pm, Marsh Park will be abuzz with food, fun, and fantastic music. Antique cars and tractors will be on display, and old-fashioned games will be set up for everyone to play. Also, three bands are scheduled to perform during the festival. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some classic American food.
Events like Freedom Day are made possible by the Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG). Their mission is to make Fairbury a great place to live, work, and visit. Between maintenance, updates, and cleanups, they keep the town looking neat and welcoming. FIG had a big agenda for this year, but they’ve already crossed off many items from their to-do list.
Fairbury’s parks have been a main focus of attention for FIG in the past couple of years. After a full renovation and rededication, the group is still working on Marsh Park. Just recently, they installed two new pieces of playground equipment for small children, and they plan to add a tire swing as well. At North Park, FIG member Mary Carter repainted the picnic tables. They also replaced five rotted window sills on the park’s screened-in pavilion.
Lots of work has gone into Veterans Memorial Park, formerly Central Park. FIG removed an old split fence that surrounded the park, and a new fence was recently added. Additionally, they repaired a ramp and a broken lattice to improve the park’s accessibility and appearance. Fairbury’s Garden Club supplied and added 10 new plants to the area, and thanks to them, the flowers are looking amazing! FIG plans to clean and stain the gazebo’s roof and walls in the near future.
If you’ve driven by the old City Hall lately, you might’ve noticed the mock jail cell on the side of the building. FIG constructed a photo op booth in the old jail cell and added two mannequins as “prisoners”. They also installed new lights and a timer last month. Feel free to stop by and take loads of pictures!
FIG also wants to make Fairbury a cleaner and tidier place. For examples, wood and steel were accumulating on the railroad track, so FIG members took action and cleaned up the litter. In another improvement project, the group collaborated with Prairie Lands and planted new redbud trees in Fugate Woods.
“Fairbury is so fortunate to have a group like FIG!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire.
“Our community is blessed with so many volunteers who help out unnoticed and at critical times. Thanks so much to all of you,” continues Bobbi.
“With Dale Maley heading up the projects, so much is getting done. The Freedom Festival should be a big draw to Fairbury with the support of Mary Catherine Carter’s hard work in planning this great event! Thank you all for making Fairbury a better place to live, work and visit!” concludes Bobbi.
If you have ideas on how to better Fairbury, then come to the next FIG meeting on Tuesday, July 23, at 7 pm. Meetings are held in the new City Hall basement, accessible through the west door. We’d love to see you there!