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The Blade – BIG Weekend Planned for the Area

This coming Saturday (September 26th), the 11th Annual Wabash Festival will be held in downtown Forrest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Trackside Grill” begins serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:00 a.m. There will be live entertainment and many free events and attractions:

• Classic Car & Truck Cruise-in
• Race Car Simulator
• Kiddie Train Rides and Inflatables
• a 23 ft. Rock Climbing Tower
• a Unicyclist
• Horse & Carriage Rides
• a Photo Booth
• Street Vendors
• Dan Barth’s Old Time Medicine Show
• Face Painting & Balloon Art
• Live musical entertainment with “Living Water” featured at 1 p.m.

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.

This event also boasts “Homemade Amish Fried Pies,” “Big Green Egg Raffle,” and “Wa’Bash’ Souvenir T-shirts. The Forrest Food Pantry will have a collection booth. Food, paper products, and financial donations are appreciated!

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. 25th) and Saturday (Sept. 26th). 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, club treasurer, PR and leadership chairman.

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. Maps are on line at www.cityoffairbury.com and can be picked up at Dave’s, Doc’s, Heart’s Desire, Casey’s, Indian Creek reality, Fairbury DQ, Sunshine Fitness, Frugality and Once N Again.

The profits from the sales have been used for local community projects such as Brian Munz Safety Complex, 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. “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 24, 9-6:00 P.M., Friday, September 25, 9-5:00 P.M. and Saturday, September 26, 9:00-12:00. The shelves in the Friends’ Book Sale Room have been restocked with a great variety of titles covering many categories. This is your chance to save BIG on gently-used books including current fiction, mysteries, religious, biographies, current fiction, sci-fi, self-help, fantasy, cookbooks, children’s books and much more! While you are taking in the Fairbury All-town-garage-sales, 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 Kim Benway, one of the coordinators of this big event. “Come join us on Saturday for FREE, FAMILY, FUN in FORREST!”

“When thinking about events coming in the next few days, don’t forget, there is another meeting at the City Hall on Monday, September 28th at 7pm to discuss the developing of a plan for Fairbury,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “The City is seeking input from all interested parties who have a passion for our wonderful small town!”

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.