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The Blade – More Events Bringing Folks to Town

Once again, some big events will be bringing folks to Fairbury!

Fugate Woods, one of our great attractions, has been buzzing with activity this summer. It takes a lot of volunteers working to keep the woods maintained properly. Trails need to be kept up and invasive plant species need to be removed. Plantings need to be done.

Last year, Prairie Lands Foundation applied for a stewardship grant to help with the necessary upkeep of Fugate Woods. Our community provided an outpouring of support to fulfill the matching grant, and as the work continues, our community can reap the benefits of the work that has been done to keep our precious Woods a beautiful place for all, thanks to the support of many volunteers and donations from many in the community.

On Friday, September 18th, Fugate Woods will be hosting a “Make a Difference – Pollinator Plantings Field Day” at Dominy Memorial Library from 9am – noon, concluding with an in-the-field site visit of the Fugate Woods restoration over-seeding project.

The public is invited to this event. Mark your calendar and join in exploring options for establishing habitat to support the threatened pollinator (ie Monarch butterflies, Cecropia moths, etc.) populations, both regionally and worldwide. The diminishing population of these key pollinators is very concerning to sustaining our eco-system. It is time that we delve in and learn what can be done to increase the prevalence of these important pollinators. If steps aren’t taken now, the whole farming industry could be in a world of hurt in the not-too-distant-future.

Sponsored by Illinois Pheasants Forever, Illinois Quail Forever, Illinois Clean Energy Community Habitat Grant, Fugate Woods/Prairie Lands Foundation, and Crop Production Service, this program will address the need, process, seed availability and habitat management issues to help bring awareness to this critical issue and how we can be affected locally. Attend this event, invite your friends from all over Central Illinois, and help “Make a Difference!” See more information at www.fugatewoods.org.

Another event is the Munzy Memorial Golf Tournament at Indian Creek Country Club on Saturday, September 19th. This annual event is in remembrance for one of our fallen heros, Brian Munz, a local young man who lost his life in fighting a house fire seven years ago.

“Events like these are vital to keeping our community thriving,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Hearts Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops Group in Fairbury. “Please plan to participate where ever you can!”

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.