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Changing for the Better

A lot of new and exciting events have been taking place around Fairbury, and we have the Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG) to thank for many of them. FIG is made up of people from all areas of Fairbury with a common mission: to make Fairbury a better place. During the monthly meetings, they discuss the previous month’s projects, what needs to be changed, and potential future projects planned by the committee.

One such project is the monthly Junk in the Trunk event which has gradually grown bigger. This event, conducted by Joan Smeltzer with its sponsor – the Fairbury Rotary Club, is an event for the whole family with everything from fun activities for the kids to good food to snack on. Most importantly, you can cross things off your shopping list by finding treasures and bargains up for sale.

Another topic of conversation at the most recent FIG meeting was the 2nd Annual – A Local Taste: Flavors From the Farm event at Sunken Park. The event was well-attended and had a positive response. The organizers of A Local Taste are already looking forward to the 3rd Annual A Local Taste next year.

The main subject matter at the last meeting was potential improvement projects for 2019. A lot of the focus will be on the improvement of Fairbury’s parks. Marsh Park has been the main focus this past year with its reopening and rededication, but despite the progress, there’s still a lot of work to be done. In the next year, FIG is looking to plant new trees and to trim the existing trees so that the security cameras have better visibility. The committee would also like to add a new piece of playground equipment for younger children; they’re hoping to add a new piece of equipment once a year. Thanks to the success of the Marsh Park Celebration in July, FIG is planning to hold a Marsh Park Day again next year. The pavilion in North Park and the gazebo in Central Park will also be worked on in the upcoming year, and the committee is considering a suggestion to add a miniature golf course to one of the Fairbury parks.

Another focal point of the meeting was the town murals. In 2019, FIG would like to touch up the 1885 Map and Civil War murals, work on a historic mural about the Walton family, and add a Conrad Munz historic mural to the new Munz Park.

Offering outdoor movies and adding new city activities for future Prairie Dirt Classic weekends were discussed as well.

If you have ideas on how to improve the Fairbury area or if you’d like to support FIG, you can attend the next meeting on September 18, 2018, at 7 pm in the New City Hall basement. Your feedback helps FIG know what steps should be taken to make Fairbury a better place.

If you have an idea, suggestion, or story about events in the area, you can email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com. You can also contact Bobbi McKeon by visiting her at Heart’s Desire or calling her at (815) 692-4500.