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Excitement along Route 24 Corridor

Some new exciting development is happening along Route 24.  This is excitement for the area residents, shops, eateries, businesses, in Fairbury and the communities along Route 24 between Eureka and Watseka.

Some of the communities along Route 24 are working together to create a “Route 24 Corridor” trail.  The first event on the horizon is a Junk-in-the-Trunk event on the 4th Saturday of the month.

With the help of Ken Willis from Morris, Illinois, last year, Chatsworth started a hosting a Junk in the Trunk each month from May until September.  This year, Gilman, Watseka, and Eureka have organized and jumped on board for the July 22nd event.

Some of the other communities along the route also have an interest.  Fairbury is one of them!  Watch for tents along the Route on Saturday.

“Weather permitting, I am planning to put out a tent and interesting merchandise,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire, coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.

“This is an exciting venture,” continues Bobbi.  “Many of the communities’ business districts along Route 24 are downtown. Hosting events along the Route will allow the opportunity to refer people to the downtown businesses, and vice-versa – sometimes the businesses along the Route are passed by during “downtown” shopping events.  Creating a joint effort along the Route 24 Corridor, could spur interest in retail shops which are not only in the downtown shopping districts.”

Hopefully, El Paso, Gridley, Chenoa, Forrest, and Piper City will all jump on board to create a Junk in the Trunk trail.  Wouldn’t that be a great thing!

Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics for our community.