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The Blade – Successful Events Bring Folks to our Community

As we have mentioned before, events are one of the important keys to getting people to visit our area. It is interesting to report on the level of success of these events.

Recently, Once ‘n Again hosted their 13th Annual Food and Necessity Drive to help local residents through the food pantry. Traci Hassett, owner and president of Once ‘n Again says, “Thank you to our fantastic customers and consignors for making our food drive a success! We delivered 13 boxes to the Fairbury Community Food Pantry last week.”

On Saturday, January 24th, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, SELCAS crew members, and the PC Boys & Girls Club hosted a pancake and sausage breakfast at the VFW in Fairbury. This event was held to benefit the club’s after-school program. They are hoping to create a computer lab with up to 10 workstations. What a worthy cause! Besides the breakfast, there was a bake sale.

Nicole Winterland, director of the Prairie Central Boys & Girls Club, reports, “We had 372 people come through! It brought in right at $4,500. This will go a long ways toward our goal!”

On Sunday, January 25th, The Friends of Dominy Library and Prairie Lands Foundation welcomed two retired scientists from the Illinois Natural History Survey in the Research Park at University of Illinois, Dr. Michael Jeffords and Susan L. Post, for another enjoyable and inspiring program featuring natural Illinois. This is the second time the Friends of the Library have hosted these two prominent educators, both who have spent most of their life exploring the landscapes of Illinois.

Drawing from their new book, A Field Guide to Illinois Butterflies, these scientists addressed the crucial role of pollinators in the home garden habitat – specifically focusing on butterflies. Free and open to the public, this interesting event held an audience of over 50 people and was conducted at the Dominy Memorial Library in Fairbury.

Dr. Jeffords stated, “When I tell my colleagues that I’m coming to Fairbury, they say, “Where’s Fairbury?” I tell them this is where I get my best audiences and my best questions. We love this facility; we love Fairbury!”

In collaboration with Prairie Lands Foundation, The Friends of the Library coordinated this event, drawing folks from Bloomington, Champaign, Pontiac, Chatsworth, and other areas within a 50-60 mile radius.

Janet Kilgus, president of Friends of Dominy Library states, “The White Community Center is a wonderful facility for all sorts of community activities. The collaboration with the Friends of Dominy Memorial Library with other local groups has been a very successful undertaking for the members of the community. For the past two years we have worked with Fugate Woods, steward, Sara Hostetter and Prairie Lands Foundation to sponsor educational presentations which are well attended and enjoyed by all.”

Three amazing success stories from our community!

Know of any upcoming events? Please call Bobbi at Heart’s Desire (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any ideas, thoughts or information.