As things warm up and summer draws closer, we know that tourism season is drawing near. What does Fairbury have to offer its visitors?
Of course, we have the attraction of being a small farming community with wide open spaces and a taste of the fresh air – a step into the country. For city folks, this is a welcome change of pace and an attraction in itself.
We are fortunate to have farms like Kilgus Farmstead that has a country store and offers tours (scheduled in advance). The Country Store is such a neat experience with the various products sold that are produced right on the farm – milk, cream, ice cream, beef, pork, and sometime goat and rabbit. We heard they even have bison periodically!
Slagel Family Farm will soon be starting their monthly “dinners on the farm” prepared by well-known chefs using products raised within feet from where guests are sitting. On Saturday, May 23rd they will be hosting a dinner prepared by Nico Osteria of downtown Chicago and Boltwood, a stylish restaurant from Evanston. Folks can purchase tickets online, enjoy a bus trip to Fairbury, and participate in a farm tour and demo at Slagel Family Meats before sitting down to a four-course dinner.
Spence Farm also hosts events which bring people from the city into our area. Being the oldest standing farm in Livingston County, Spence is another attraction in Fairbury. Tours are provided during prescheduled events, but the primary focus of the farm is to produce quality, fresh, and natural food for the tables of folks who appreciate the goodness of the wholesome products. Fairbury now can boast of forty plus farms providing fresh produce, meat, and eggs to the city.
As people come down to “experience the farm,” we also have other attractions for them. There are dozens of small specialty shops and restaurants. The Fugate and James Woods Nature Preserve is a wonderful place to experience nature, wild flowers, and birds. Of course, we have the Speedway, the Country Club, Fairbury Echoes Museum, and Dominy Memorial Library.
“We are a great place to visit here in Central Illinois!” says Bobbi McKeon. “Lots to do and see and we have great places to eat, too!”
“When you see new folks in town, be sure to encourage them to stop by the area attractions and shops!,” says McKeon. “We appreciate our community’s support!” Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any ideas or suggestions.