As we all know, events bring folks to town. Having more and more people experience our great community helps all of us, our businesses and our area communities as well. Just like the recent events in Chatsworth and Forrest bring folks to Fairbury, we believe that bringing visitors to Fairbury also helps the surrounding communities!
This weekend is Homecoming Weekend! During the PCHS homecoming game against Mahomet-Seymour, the Women’s club will be collecting white athletic socks at the game for Operation Santa to benefit our service men overseas. Items needed to be placed in the socks are travel-size-only – toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, Kleenex, hard candy, gum, hot cocoa, instant soup envelopes, instant individual drink mixes, oatmeal envelopes and beef jerky. This is a worthy cause to benefit those serving our country.
This Saturday (October 3rd), Indian Creek Market will be hosting their second event downtown. Many vendors will be showcasing hand-made items, crafts, antiques, and more! The last market in early September drew lots of foot traffic, and businesses were pleased with the response from the event.
Also on Saturday, Slagel Family Farm is hosting their last Chef-Prepared Dinner event for this year. Chefs from Osteria & White Oak Tavern, restaurants from Chicagoland, will be preparing the four course meal using products raised on Slagel’s Farm. This event brings visitors from the city to experience our way of life here in the country. If you have never experienced this phenomenal farm tour/dinner, you should reserve your seat at www.slagelfamilyfarm.com
On Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd will be another American Red Cross Platelet Drive. Each month, on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, Karen Harms, a gracious volunteer from Fairbury, coordinates two drives. Platelets are a component of the blood needed by patients on chemotherapy to offset the ill-effects of the cancer drugs on the blood. They have a shelf life of only five days so this product has to continually be replenished in order to meet the need.
Mrs. Harms schedules fifteen volunteer donors for Friday (October 2nd) and ten volunteer donors for Saturday (October 3rd). Platelet donation requires a special commitment because it takes two hours or more for the process. Besides needing donor appointments, Mrs. Harms also needs “alternates” in case any of the donors are deferred. Since the “platelet” machines are a huge investment for the Red Cross, they want to minimize any downtime. Therefore, volunteers are also needed to be “on call” in case they need to take the place of someone unable to give.
“We have a great volunteer force from Fairbury and the surrounding communities. People come from Pontiac, Chatsworth, Forrest, Cullom, Ashkum, Chenoa, Emington, Saunemin, and Mahomet, to name a few, to give platelets here in Fairbury. However, we are always in need of new faces!” says Karen Harms. Please call Karen at (815) 692-3890 or (815) 848-6890 if you can donate or for more information.
Some other events that will create activity are the Specialty Shops “Shop Late Monday” on Monday, October 5th. Many of the shops will stay open until 7pm. Plus also on that day from 8am – 5pm, Sunshine Fitness will be holding their “Massage for Members Day.” Go and get a 15 minute massage! China Kitchen is holding their monthly “Surprise Buffet Item” day on October 8th. Never miss this tasty treat, served for lunch and dinner.
Of course, Dave Supermarket’s BIG Meat Sale is one of Fairbury’s biggest events each October! This year, the Sale will be running from October 7th through the 13th. Folks travel far and wide from as far as Bloomington and beyond, coming to Fairbury to shop. Don’t miss this!
“We are fortunate to have so much going on in our area communities,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “Let’s support our local businesses and organizations and help make each event an outstanding success!”
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.