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The Blade – Join in Fall Activities Beginning in Area

The fall calendar of activities and events is filling up for the Fairbury area! This week is a big jump-start into a fun-filled month. Cascade Gardens opened their doors for the fall season with a huge supply of mums. This is the first year they are raising some of these beautiful plants in their very own gardens. Beginning in July, they started 500-600 plants, and now they are cracking into a rainbow of colors.

“The cooler summer brought the mums on quickly this year – so for best selection, it is best to buy them early,” says JoEllen Gehring, who owns Cascade Gardens with her husband Junior. Their farm is located a half mile west on Route 24.

Cascade Gardens also has a nice supply of locally-raised pumpkins, fall decorations, some perennials, plus “Mumbos!” “These are three colors of mums in one pot. They are really cool and are raised on our farm,” says JoEllen.

Many folks may have enjoyed a trip to Maley’s Pumpkin Patch in previous years. Located at 11065 North 2000 East Rd in Fairbury, this is an experience you don’t want to miss. It is simply awesome! Festively decorated for fall, this farm will definitely get you in the mood.

Beside the vast, beautiful pumpkins all over the barnyard, picked directly from the patch, there are gourds, cutesy decorative stuff, little bales of straw … Oh, you will just have to see for yourself.   Here is another attraction that is “really, really neat.”

Coming right up this weekend, on Saturday, September 6th, the American Red Cross of the Heartland is hosting a 5K Run/2 Mile Walk with registration starting at 6:45am at the First United Methodist Church – 206 E. Maple St. – Fairbury.

Advance registration is available at Fairbury Chamber of Commerce (101 E. Locust). For more info, contact Deb Moran at debra.moran@redcross.org or call (309)824-0776. Check-in/Day-of-Event Registration is from 6:45-7:45am. Event will start at 8am with walkers starting at back of pack. $25/person

Also, this weekend on Friday & Saturday (Sept. 5th & 6th), the Specialty Shops of Fairbury are holding their Fall Openhouses! The theme is “Fall Into Fairbury.” Be sure to stop by these shops to experience the first taste of fall!   Cascade Gardens, Country Cupboard, Dave’s Supermarket, Heart’s Desire Antiques & Accents, Kilgus Farmstead Country Store, Lost in Time/Lost Arts/Timeless Treats, Meyer’s Gifts & Services, Once ‘n Again/Frugality, Serendipity Cards & Gifts, and The Spotted Owl.

Finally, this weekend is a BIG weekend for Chatsworth. The new Chatsworth Township Library is holding their Grand Opening. As you may know, Chatsworth received a huge grant to build a new library. The building is complete and the inside is furnished. It is beautiful.

After a huge donation from Alan Baltz, plus many, many donations – large and small – the Library is debt-free after building a $1.2 million structure. It will be dedicated as the Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township on Sunday, Sept. 7th – 1pm – 4pm at the new site. The public is invited!

More activities forthcoming later this month including Fall Garage Sales, Wabash Days…. Stay tuned!