A writer (Tinker Parker) for the Kankakee Journal recently took a trip along US Route 24 and visited our historical town of Fairbury. This is part of the “Back on the Road, Again” adventures around Central Illinois.
It is delightful to read about our own town in a “big city” paper. Tinker took special note of the historic building – the old Claudon Bank, now Lost in Time, thrilled to hear of the various businesses that occupied this landmark over time, and commenting now on the various businesses, including Kilgus Farmstead, Living Water Farms, etc. whose products help make the menu so special.
Coincidentally, Lost in Time was hosting their Annual RD’s Day a couple days later during the week of their trip to Fairbury. They even commented on that inviting people to come and experience that special day in Fairbury, too.
There was so much to see and write about that Tinker decided to break it up in two parts, writing again the next week. This time the first shop on the agenda was Country Cupboard, on their way into town, commenting the interesting line of products – the expansive candy aisle, the organic foods, gluten-free products, distinctive spices, essential oils, and other wonderful products.
Next was Timeless Treats bakery. The softball sized cinnamon rolls were a big hit along with all the other homemade breads, rolls, cookies, pies, jams, fudge, noodles and salsa, made from locally grown products. Across the street was another stop – Lost Arts where items made by local artisans are displayed and sold, along with supplies for almost any craft – sewing, crocheting, tatting, needlework, sewing and quilting. Tinker commented they are a supplier for Plymouth Yarn and offer classes in Lost Arts.
Tinker commented on her stop at Kilgus Farmstead – an interesting attraction for the family, a fun stop for the kids, with tours available through prior appointment. She wrote about the interesting items sold at the country store and the ice cream made from milk produced on the farm.
According to Tinker, “One more attraction that you can’t miss is Dave’s Supermarket. It is probably strange that I was impressed by a grocery store in Fairbury but this one is exceptional. It’s the home of Dave’s 3rd Street Deli and the Old World Bakery. This is one time you do want to go to the grocery store hungry.
“Try the fried chicken, signature subs, brick oven pizza or one of their daily specials you can eat there or take home. The special the day we were there was a top sirloin sandwich with homemade potato salad and homemade soup. Their smoked ribs with peach sauce looked amazing.
“At the Old World Bakery, they make everything by hand including their sourdough donuts and the apple fritters; crunchy on the outside, sweet and soft in the center,” she said.
“Speaking of Dave’s, don’t miss the “Meet the Driver Day” on Saturday, July 9th at Dave’s Supermarket,” say Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “It’s another event that brings folks to town!”
“One more event that will bring folks this weekend is the Cruise-In at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 10th from noon to 4pm. Concession proceeds will go to the Fairbury American Legion Memorial Day Fund,” reminds Bobbi.
“It is great to hear how much “outsiders” enjoy our community. Since Tinker’s article was published in the Kankakee Daily Journal, we have had a lot of visitors from the Kankakee area. Being in the news is exciting! We appreciate Tinker’s delightful articles,” Bobbi concludes.
As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com