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Lots to Do: July 2nd, 3rd and 4th and More

Our area enjoys having a lot of activities, and this weekend is a good example of activities leading up to the big holiday!  Of course, Chenoa is having their big event on Monday, the 4th, and this is a big attraction which is great for Chenoa and the surrounding communities.

With the 4th being on Monday, this leaves the weekend for some other events that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.  On Saturday, July 2nd, Fairbury will be buzzing. The History Talkers, sponsored by Fairbury Echoes Museum, will be at each of the six street corners downtown between 9am and 10am to present the history of the various buildings along the street.  Don’t miss this interesting way to learn more about Fairbury’s history.

Also, at around noon, the Sibley Burr Oaks Relay for Life Tractor Drive plans to be moving into town.  They will have stopped at Kilgus Farmstead on their way in – crossing Route 24 at 1st Street.  Go see a variety of old and new tractors, hot rods, and motorcycles as they make their way to downtown between 4th and 5th Streets.  They plan to spend about an hour here.  Then, they will be leaving town, crossing Route 24 at 7th Street and stop by Slagel Family Farm on their way back to Sibley.  Watching at a crossing on Route 24 is fun.  Or, stop by between noon and 1pm downtown, and show your support for this tractor drive and its worthy cause!

“Having tractor drives, car shows, and activities like these is great for our area.  Anytime more people drive into town our businesses benefit,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.  “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase Fairbury and the surrounding area.”

Emington is holding their Annual 3rd of July Celebration.  There are activities scheduled from 10am until dusk!  Besides the parade and fireworks, there will be a tractor show, car show, crafter/vendor fair, bingo, face painting, kids tractor pull, kids games, exotic animal presentation, adult tractor pull, adult bags tournament, dinner at Road Runners Restaurant, a performance by Breaking Storm, and more!  If you have ever been to Emington and learned to know the folks from there, you will find a nice quiet (usually!) town with wonderful people who love their town.  Go and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Of course, Chenoa hosts the nearest BIG 4th of July Celebration.  In preparation for the big event, the town is holding a “house decorating” contest in relation to the theme, “Glittery Sky on the 4th of July.”  Judging will be on July 3rd beginning at 3pm.  The parade which starts at 2pm on the 4th will also be celebrating this theme, “Glittery Sky on the 4th of July.”  There will be a float contest and prizes for the best decorated bicycles.  As in past years, the fireworks display is the highlight.  They take place at dusk at the football field just south of the PC Chenoa grade school.  Happy 4th of July!

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.