This upcoming week is going to be a busy one in Fairbury! Not only will the Prairie Dirt Classic be taking place on July 27-28, but the Specialty Shops in Fairbury event, Marsh Park Celebration, the Route 24 Junk in the Trunk, plus a host of other events will be, too. The best part about this weekend is that the money spent locally will be put back into the community.
The Dominy Memorial Library Summer Book Sale will be kicking off the celebrations on Thursday. The three-day book sale will be offering a wide range of books including westerns, mysteries, romance, Christian fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and cookbooks. The sale, located downstairs in the library building, will be set up like a library, making it easy to find the book that you want. You can visit the book sale on Thursday, from 9 am to 6 pm; Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm; and Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm.
Books won’t be the only thing for sale this upcoming weekend! Shoppers can also attend All-Town Garage Sales in Fairbury on the 27th and 28th. Of course, there is an additional array of shopping! The Specialty Shops in Fairbury will be holding the “Race to Fairbury” event on July 27-28. Shops of all kinds will be opening their doors with new items, special sales, and fun that will attract young and old. The variety of shops will include Country Cupboard, Dave’s Supermarket, Fairbury Furniture, Heart’s Desire Antiques & Accents, Kilgus Farmstead Country Store, Lost Arts/Timeless Treats, Meyers Gifts & Services, Once ‘n Again, Frugality, Serendipity, and The Spotted Owl.
Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of Specialty Shops in Fairbury says, “With all that’s going on this coming weekend, our ‘Race to Fairbury’ is a great event for people to get out and enjoy themselves while checking off their list of needs and wants.”
You can also come to the monthly Route 24 Junk in the Trunk on the 28th, located on the east end of Dave’s Supermarket’s parking lot. The open-air flea market can also be found in Watseka, Gilman, Chatsworth, El Paso, and Eureka from 9 or 10 am till 2 pm. At each location, you can find treasures and treats in the trunks of vehicles, plus – depending on the community – you can also enjoy food and games. The Chatsworth’s event is hosting a “Dunk a Cop” fundraiser for the Fairbury Police K-9. You won’t want to miss this!
Come celebrate the Marsh Park’s restoration and rededication on July 28th from 11 am to 7 pm! On display will be antique tractors, vintage cars, small engines, wooden toys, and Fairbury memorabilia. You can listen to music provided by the PCHS Marching Band, the Twin Cities Brass Quintet, and multiple gospel bands. Children can enjoy games and art projects. Hamburgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and treats will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!
Last, but certainly not least, is the FALS Prairie Dirt Classic Showdown. The purse is higher than ever – a whopping $93,000 in total. On Friday, July 27th, drivers will participate in the Late Model & Modified Qualifying round; four World of Outlaws Showdown Qualifying features, boasting a $2,500 prize to win each; and four Modified Nationals Showdown features each with a prize of $500. The next night, July 28th, will bring the Prairie Dirt Shootout LM Non-Qualifiers feature, offering a prize of $2,000 to the winner. The DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals Championship Finale will be handing out a $5,000 prize to the winner. Finally, the winner of the World of Outlaws LM Series will be awarded a purse of $30,000. If you’re a race fan, you won’t want to miss out on one of the biggest races of the year!
If you have stories, ideas, or suggestions about upcoming events in the area, you can contact Bobbi McKeon by calling (815) 692-4500 or by visiting her at Heart’s Desire in Fairbury. You can also email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.