Recently, during Dave’s BIG Meat sale, a loyal, local patron, Liz Custer, was shopping in Fairbury. While she was shopping at Dave’s Supermarket, she ran into a couple of people from Peoria who she knew!
“They said that they came to Fairbury and while they were here, they toured the specialty shops, dined in town, and finished their day shopping at Dave’s (during the big meat sale), having ice cream at the deli before going home!” Liz said.
“Another time a little while back,” Liz said, “I stopped by Country Cupboard to purchase something and ran into a lady who was returning from an Ohio trip, going home to Nebraska. She was on her way back and had stopped in Gilman. She saw a “Come to Fairbury” brochure and had to run over to Fairbury! At the time I saw her she was delighted in the cute little candies at Country Cupboard that she was purchasing for her grandchildren. Her husband was patiently waiting in the car, and he said this is a beautiful area. Bottom line is that the brochure led them here!”
“Stories like this are inspiring while we work with the City to enhance, improve, and make the Fairbury area a better place to live, work and visit!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the specialty shops group.
“We had another good meeting on Tuesday, October 20th,” says Bobbi. “Groups are stepping forward to accept short-term projects, and things are getting done!”
During the October 20th meeting at the City Hall, the audience was asked to identify important short-term projects which have interested parties to spearhead them. Several were presented: A History Tour of the downtown, painting of the bike racks and hand rails on Main Street, beginning the beautification of the downtown district, organizing family events, designing tour maps for historical tours and agri-tourism to name a few.
The long-term planning aspect was also discussed. Anyone interested in discussing setting goals, fundraising, attracting new businesses, updating facades, and other long-term planning should contact City Alderman Terry Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (815)848-0768.
“The group is making good progress,” says Zimmerman. “During the winter months, there are plans to spend time working on the long-term objectives to achieve the goal of attracting more families and visitors to our community. Hopefully, in the spring we will start to see physical changes that encourage our residents to jump in and help with the project!
“In Fairbury, we have so much! After five meetings, it is obvious we are so fortunate to have so many people interested in making our area an even better place. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th at 7pm. Thanks to each and every one who is stepping up to take part!”
As always, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.