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The Blade – Invite Your Friends to Visit Fairbury

A couple weeks ago a group of ladies came to Fairbury and enjoyed the day eating and shopping. June McDowell, a long-time Fairbury resident had invited them and hosted their visit here.

Sharon Shifflet, the Blade editor, kindly included some pictures and a write-up in the following week’s paper. “We want to say a special thank you to Sharon for this coverage,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire.

This type of news helps everyone understand what makes Fairbury such a great place. It is exciting and interesting to see how folks from out of town can enjoy what our small town has to offer.

Sometimes folks’ visits start out with one mission in mind. A good example is Dave’s BIG Meat Sale. People travel far and wide, from all over to come to Dave’s Supermarket for fresh meat.

At the recent Meat Sale, customers came from cities all over Central Illinois. Because Dave’s employees often ask where folks are from, they know they came as far north as Kankakee, as far west as Peoria, as far east as Watseka, and as far south as Heyworth. Many customers from cities this far away come back the second time to buy more meat.

It was obvious during the week of the BIG Meat Sale, the store and the parking lots were packed. Many very loyal Big Meat Sale customers come regularly from Bloomington/Normal to shop at Dave’s. More folks coming to town is good for everyone!

“They may come to Fairbury for the meat sale, but there is a lot more they can experience while they are here in town,” says Mark Steffen, co-owner of Dave’s Supermarket.

We would like to welcome anyone who has a group of friends from outside (or inside!) the area to set aside a day to experience Fairbury. There is a lot to see and do.

“Of course, we have all of the specialty shops, lots of choices of eateries, a couple of bakeries (Timeless Treats & Dave’s Old World Bakery), locally-made candies (Serendipity & Lost in Time), candy and cake supplies (at Meyer’s Gifts), three meat shops – Kilgus Farmstead, Dave’s Signature Meats & Steidinger Meats, locally raised eggs and poultry (Cascade Gardens), JR Watkins products (Heart’s Desire), local milk at Kilgus Farmstead, a remarkable upscale resale shop with a furniture “division” (Once ‘n Again), a Boutique with a touch on antiques (The Spotted Owl), Central IL supplier for Plymouth Yarn (Lost Arts), a unique food store (The Country Cupboard), and much more!” says Bobbi.

If anyone has a group interested in spending time in Fairbury and needs help planning the day, just give Bobbi a call at (815) 692-4500.