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Oh, what fun in Fairbury

Santa waves to the crowd during Saturday's Fairbury Christmas Parade / photo by Angie Kratochvil for Fairbury News.

Those watching Saturday’s Christmas parade in downtown Fairbury weren’t complaining about the sunshine and decent temperatures.

The weather even allowed some convertibles to put their tops down while others had windows rolled down to greet those lined up along the route on Locust Street. Entries included floats, classic autos, trucks, music, costumes and the big man himself riding in a horse-drawn carriage.

In addition to the parade, churches and organizations held fundraisers. The First United Methodist Church had its annual pancake and sausage breakfast which included a bake sale and bazaar.

“Our profits are going to feed the less fortunate kids in the county,” explained volunteer Keith Dunahee. “So far, we’ve made a little over $1,000 to put toward that.”

The church used a new grill this year which made everything go smoothly and they had a decent crowd, according to Dunahee. In addition to pancakes and sausage, visitors also had the options of milk, coffee, water and applesauce.

A Relay for Life bazaar took place across town at the First Baptist Church to raise funds for Tam’s Tag Team – a local Relay for Life group. The tradition has been around several years and this year’s bazaar saw the most vendors. Companies such as Tupperware were represented along with homemade crafts and baked goods. Team member Mary Beth Crews was very happy with the event.

The jolly man in the red suit especially enjoyed his time in Fairbury riding in the parade and visiting with children at the VFW.

“It was wonderful,” Mr. Claus said. “There were a lot of kids and it is beautiful weather.”

Madrigal performers from Prairie Central High School performed at Dominy Library after the parade.

“I think it’s fun seeing the enjoyment people have from it and it’s just a good time,” said Madrigal singer Gabby Nagel.

“We always get really positive feedback for the singing we provide,” added fellow singer Collin Fogarty.

The day’s events also included a lunch of cream chicken over biscuits from the IOOF Livingston Lodge 290 and breakfast and lunch from the VFW Auxiliary which featured Bump Steidinger’s famous ham and beans. Plus, the Cookie Jar from Prairie Central Elementary featured Christmas cookies for sale.

Fairbury’s Specialty Shops hosted a “Shopping Celebration” with discounts and unique holiday gift ideas. This included Country Cupboard, Dave’s, Heart’s Desire, Kilgus Farmstead, Lost Arts, Fairbury Furniture, Once ‘n Again and Serendipity.

Members of the Christmas court enjoyed riding in the parade. This year’s court includes: Brianna Chester, Elena Short, Harper Steidinger, Jack Henkel, Josey Gerber, Lucy Maher, Maddox Shafer and Owen Bassett.

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