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The Blade – BIG Weekend Planned for the Area

This coming Saturday (September 27th), the 10th Annual Wabash Festival will be held in downtown Forrest from 7:30 am to 4pm. Besides wonderful Breakfast and Lunch Stands along with live entertainment, there will be many free events and attractions including:

  • Classic Car & Truck Cruise-in
  • Race Car Simulator
  • Kiddie Train Rides and Inflatables
  • a 23 ft. Rock Climbing Tower
  • a Unicyclist
  • Face Painting by “The Zoo Crew”
  • Balloon Art by “Unique Twist”
  • Hacky-Sac Performer
  • a Photo Booth
  • Street Vendors

Take this opportunity to visit the newly renovated Forrest Depot and also the quaint Hampsher Hotel! F-S-W Eskimos & PC Hawks Alumni are encouraged to stop by the Alumni Center in the Forrest American Legion, too.

What a great way for families to enjoy a day full of Fun, Food and Friends! Make plans to head to this Wabash Festival – before or after the Fairbury garage sales.

The Fairbury Women’s Club is, once again, sponsoring the Fairbury Fall All Town Garage Sale Days – this Friday (Sept. 26th) and Saturday (Sept. 27th). This is a great event attracting many folks to town.

“Our club has been sponsoring these sales spring and fall for over 30 years. We are a small non-profit club of 12 members who work hard and truly appreciate the support of the community and those who advertise with us,” says Carol Ely.

With the goal being to bring people to Fairbury to experience the area, the Fairbury Women’s Club has ads in 18 publications, plus they print maps and flyers. The ads cover a 200-mile radius of Fairbury bringing many people from out of town and out of state.

The profits from the sales have been used for local community projects such as Dominy Memorial Library Summer Reading Program, Relay for Life, PC Music Program, Illinois Leadership Seminar for Sophomore student, June Blood Drive, and After Prom, plus projects such as Operation Smile, Canine Companions, Shot@Life, Helping Babies Breathe, Camp I Am Me, Veterans projects, Native American projects, Shawnee National Forrest, Winning Wheels and Very Special Arts, to name quite a few.

This year’s summer garage sales benefit the Fire Department. “From the Summer Sales, we donated $300 to the Brian Munz Safety Complex. Our club meets the first Thursday of each month. Membership is open to anyone 18 or over that would like to work to make our community a better place in which to live,” says Carol.

Also, Friends of Dominy Library Bi-Annual Book Sale will be held Thursday, September 25, 9-6:00 P.M., Friday, September 26, 9-5:00 P.M. and Saturday, September 27, 9:00-12:00. The shelves in the Friends’ Book Sale Room have been restocked with a great variety of titles covering many categories; popular authors, mysteries, history and gardening. They have a large selection of cook books to help you start planning your holiday cooking and baking. While you are taking in the Fairbury All town garage sale, stop in for some great fall and winter reading material.

Don’t forget the Wabash Festival in Forrest. “The celebration takes place on Krack Street,” says Joyce Gulliford, one of the coordinators of this big event. “Come join us on Saturday for FREE, FAMILY, FUN in FORREST!”