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Fehr outlines Chamber efforts




(Last year's 'A Local Taste' event is shown at the fairgrounds in Fairbury/file photo)

The Fairbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director provided an update on the organization this week to members of the local Rotary club.


Rebekah Fehr discussed numerous activities, including this Saturday’s 19th annual tractor drive to benefit the American Cancer Society which will make its way to Fairbury late in the morning before stopping for lunch at the VFW.


Fehr also mentioned the remodel inside the Chamber office after the boiler quit during a cold spell last winter.


“There’s a furnace in there now,” Fehr explained.


She encouraged everyone to come by and take a look at the building.


“I’m glad to see they are refurbishing the building.”


The city and Chamber came together to do a commercial for Fairbury. The nine-minute video will feature the Fairbury area. Chamber members overwhelmingly said they would like the organization to do this. While the video is not intended to promote specific businesses, it explains why we are here and what the community is like.


Anticipated completion for the commercial is September but due to editing and viewing ahead of time, it could be November or December before the video is released.


“We want people to share that far and wide,” said Fehr.


The Chamber golf outing was held last Saturday with quite a mix of golfers and it was a good time, according to Fehr. December 2 is the annual Fairbury Christmas Parade and “A Local Taste” is the next big event coming in September.


Fehr will be working with vendors on selling sheets of coupons for “A Local Taste.” The Golden Embers band will perform and vendors will be asked to only do samples of food. They will not sell full-size products.


Brochures for the upcoming Prairie Dirt Classic race is the next thing the Chamber is working on. Businesses can include coupons in this or advertise specials and hours of operation. Swimming pool information will be included in the brochure as well.


Chamber membership is about the same and they are seeing more locals with online businesses only and no store front. The group’s Facebook page has about 4,300 followers and Fehr considers it a good tool for the Chamber.


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