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The Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG) is dedicated to keeping Fairbury a clean, charming, and inviting town for both residents and visitors.  Their influence can be found everywhere, from the upkeep of the town’s parks to the organization of fun events.  This has been a very productive year for FIG, but the summer is drawing to a close.  On August 1st, they wrapped up the final big projects for 2019.  Now, the town would like to thank FIG and everyone else who helped out this year.

The Prairie Lands Foundation’s funding has been crucial to FIG’s success.  Thanks to the funds provided by the foundation, they repaired the large pavilion in North Park; stained the gazebo roof in Veterans Memorial Park (formerly Central Park); and installed a new split-rail fence around Veterans Memorial Park.  Also, Prairie Lands is working on adding a sidewalk from the High School to E 900 N Road (St. John’s Catholic Cemetery).

FIG would like to say a massive “thank you” to this year’s donors.  With their contributions, FIG was able to chemically clean the gazebo roof in Veterans Memorial Park and plant two trees in Marsh Park. Steven Endres and Dale Maley each donated new pieces of playground equipment for Marsh Park.

Last but not least, thank you to all the individuals who volunteered their time to improve Fairbury:  Of course, a huge thank you to Dale for his hundreds of hours of volunteer labor toward these projects; Mary Carter, for arranging the Freedom Festival; the Eagle Scouts, for adding a new sign to Veterans Memorial Park; Brad Maley for his help and use of his tractor; Wayne Varner and Doug Aaron, for their help in replacing the old split-rail fence at Veterans Memorial Park; and the Garden Club, for the new plants for Veterans Memorial Park.  Many thanks again to Dale Maley for his numerous repairs and upgrades around Fairbury as well as for coordinating FIG meetings.  Finally, thank you to all the FIG members for attending meetings, presenting new ideas, and providing input on the various projects throughout the year.

“FIG completed so much this summer again, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of volunteers and businesses,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire Antiques & Accents.  “With so many accomplishments during the last four years, what more needs to be done?!  We are interested in what 2020 holds for Fairbury!”

All FIG meetings are open to the public.  If you’d like to become a member of FIG or are interested in learning more, feel free to come to the next meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, at 7 pm in the New City Hall basement.  Everyone is welcome!

If you have a story, idea, or suggestion, please share them with us by calling (815) 692-4500 or by emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.  You can also visit our coordinator, Bobbi McKeon, at Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.