One of the critical things to keep a community alive is to continuously bring folks to town to shop, dine, visit, and play, and of course, ultimately to live!
In small communities like ours, one way to accomplish this is to have regular events that are interesting and draw folks from far and wide. Of course, the Fairbury Fair is a huge draw. For one hundred and forty-two years, Fairbury has hosted the Fair. This year’s, “The Beat Goes on…Music through the Ages” starts today (Wednesday, August 15th)! We are one of the few small towns that are still able to pull this off, thanks to all the volunteers and the Fairbury Fair board.
Summer is a special time. Families and friends come together and our small communities benefit.
The weekend of the Prairie Dirt Classic was a huge weekend with lots of events for our local folks and the visitors. It was reported that approximately 7,000 people were in town that weekend. The Fairbury American Legion Speedway board tries to accommodate these visitors while helping local businesses as well. Interested folks from the track were shuttled around town, to various shops and attractions. The shuttle van was driven by Dan Mullen and Doug Aaron, and was sponsored by Petersen Motors, the Speedway, and the Fairbury Area Chamber of Commerce.
The All-Town-Garage Sales and Dominy Book Sale events also draw a lot of people into town, both from the local area, but also from outside. Also, the Specialty Shops host regular events to draw shoppers from far and wide. An example is this year’s “Ride the Shops” event during the Fairbury Fair. Heart’s Desire Antiques & Accents, Kilgus Farmstead Country Store, Lost in Time/Lost Arts, Once ‘n Again, Frugality, Serendipity Cards & Gifts, Country Cupboard, Dave’s Supermarket, The Spotted Owl and Fairbury Furniture are participating. Each shop is unique, and they work together to make Fairbury a destination point for shopping.
“Events like the Local Taste and the Marsh Park Celebration are also family-friendly events for our community. Many, many thanks go to all the volunteers and businesses that helped with these events. Our shops appreciate everyone working together to make Fairbury a special place to live and visit! ” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire Antiques and Accents.
Please 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.