As we all know, events bring folks to town. Having more and more people experience our great community helps all of us, our businesses and our area communities as well. Just like the recent events in Chatsworth and Forrest bring folks to Fairbury, we believe that bringing visitors to Fairbury also helps the surrounding communities!
On Wednesday, October 5th, China Kitchen is holding their monthly “Surprise Buffet Item” day. Be sure to partake in this tasty treat, served for lunch and dinner.
This weekend is Homecoming Weekend! During the PCHS homecoming game against Central Catholic, the Women’s club will be hosting their annual Put-a-Sock-in-It night, asking everyone to bring white athletic socks for the troops Christmas stockings for Operation Santa to benefit our service men overseas. Items needed to be placed in the socks are travel-size-only – toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, individual packs of tissues/Kleenex, hard candy, gum, hot cocoa, instant soup envelopes, instant individual hot chocolate or drink mixes, oatmeal envelopes and beef jerky. This is a worthy cause to benefit those serving our country.
Of course, Dave Supermarket’s BIG Meat Sale is one of Fairbury’s biggest events each October! This year, the Sale will be running from October 5th through the 11th. Folks travel far and wide from as far as Bloomington and beyond, coming to Fairbury to shop. Don’t miss this!
On Friday and Saturday (October 7th and 8th), the Specialty Shops will be holding their “Meat Meet Us in Fairbury” event, in relation to Dave’s BIG meat sale! Be sure to stop by Cascade Gardens, Heart’s Desire, Kilgus Farmstead, Lost in Time/Lost Arts, Meyer’s Gifts, Once ‘n Again, Seredipity Cards and Gifts, Country Cupboard, Nature’s Design & Floral Gallery, and Fairbury Furniture! Each shop is unique and brings its specialty to our town. Heart’s Desire is hosting its 20th anniversary this weekend as well with a 20% off extravaganza! Although the shops are not yet decorated for the holidays, they are right around the corner! This is a perfect time to start looking for gifts for the upcoming season.
Also, on Friday and Saturday, there is another American Red Cross Platelet Drive. Each month, on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, Karen Harms, a gracious volunteer from Fairbury, coordinates two drives. Platelets are a component of the blood needed by patients on chemotherapy to offset the ill-effects of the cancer drugs on the blood. They have a shelf life of only five days so this product has to continually be replenished in order to meet the need.
Mrs. Harms schedules fifteen volunteer donors for Friday (October 7th) and ten volunteer donors for Saturday (October 8th). Platelet donation requires a special commitment because it takes two hours or more for the process. Besides needing donor appointments, Mrs. Harms also needs “alternates” in case any of the donors are deferred. Since the “platelet” machines are a huge investment for the Red Cross, they want to minimize any downtime. Therefore, volunteers are also needed to be “on call” in case they need to take the place of someone unable to give.
“We have a great volunteer force from Fairbury and the surrounding communities. People come from Pontiac, Chatsworth, Forrest, Cullom, Ashkum, Chenoa, Emington, Saunemin, and Mahomet, to name a few, to give platelets here in Fairbury. However, we are always in need of new faces!” says Karen Harms. Please call Karen at (815) 692-3890 or (815) 848-6890 if you can donate or for more information.
“Lots happening in our area!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “Let’s support our local businesses and organizations and help make each event an outstanding success!”
Call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.