This coming weekend, Fairview Haven is holding their Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Supper. This event draws people from a wide radius. Besides serving hundreds and hundreds of people for their supper, the silent auction also brings people from far and wide to put their bids on the huge variety of products and services that are donated to the auction.
Besides coming from local communities, folks have come from Kempton, Cullom, Roberts, Cissna Park, Paxton, Loda, Buckley, Hoopeston, Rantoul, Mahomet, Champaign, Watseka, Onarga, Gibson City, Peoria, Morton, Washington, Princeville, Bradford, Bloomington, Normal, Herscher, Eureka, Carlock, Tremont, Batavia, Thomasboro, Bonfield, Camargo, Geneseo, and Lakewood. Plus, some folks have even come from out-of-state (Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, etc.) and visit family while they are here.
This auction is a big deal! The bidding starts at 10am on Wednesday (Nov.2nd) and runs through 7:30pm on Friday (Nov 4th).
“If you have never attended the Fairview Haven event, you should go out to experience it. It is fun, and everything goes to a really great cause,” says Bobbi, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops Group.
“With it being a silent auction, some folks stop in on a regular basis to check their bids. Others wait until nearer the end of the bidding time to put in a final bid. Either way, folks are drawn to this event. The supper on Friday, Nov. 4th from 4-7pm will really bring in the people as well.
“We hope that while they are in town, they may enjoy lunch and shop our various stores, too. A big attraction like this has to have a positive impact on our local businesses,” says Bobbi.
The specialty shops have so many stories about visitors from out of town. During a recent conversation with a new customer from Cissna Park, Roberta Meyer learned that she was the winner of the “Specialty Shops of Fairbury basket” at the 2015 Fairview Haven auction. The customer said the cupcake liners (from Meyer’s Gifts) which she received as part of her purchase (win at the auction!) are quality liners, better than elsewhere! Attend Meyer’s Gift’s candy -making event on Monday, November 7th.
Another event coming up is the Specialty Shops’ Holiday Open Houses on Monday, November 7th! This is another event that brings a lot of folks into town. Don’t miss browsing at Serendipity Cards & Gifts, Kilgus Farmstead, Once ‘n Again, Lost Arts, Meyer’s Gifts & Services, Country Cupboard & Heart’s Desire! Make this the first shopping spree for your holiday shopping!
“We have folks traveling from as far as Watseka, Bloomington, Kankakee, Peoria, and further to attend this event. It is one of the biggest Specialty Shops events of the year! We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for your patronage throughout the year,” says Bobbi McKeon.
As always, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.