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Sale day all about teamwork

The Edelmans and other volunteers unload items for the Fairbury Community Sale on Saturday.

Many hands make light work. This is true at the Fairbury Community Sale each year.

Saturday’s 71st downtown sale featured numerous volunteers helping to unload items and organizing the event behind the scenes. The crew from Ken’s Oil Service in Forrest has made it a tradition to help out early in the morning.

“This is a way we can kind of give back to the community,” explained Karl Edelman, distribution manager for Ken’s.

Edelman says they enjoy coming out to the sale to help, especially on such a beautiful weather day. Ken’s Oil Service serves many area farmers, residents and businesses.

Fairbury Area Chamber of Commerce president Seth Welch appreciates the efforts of the three auctioneers they had this year, starting at three different locations downtown.

“Those guys have been doing it for a long time and know how to keep things running,” Welch said.

The sale is the largest Chamber fundraiser of the year and is always a big event for Fairbury.

“It is important to our community and is a nice kick-starter to summer,” added Welch.

Welch gives kudos to the Chamber executive director Rebekah Fehr who he said could “do this stuff in her sleep.” Many other events coincided with the community sale such as the VFW breakfast, Fairbury Firewives pork chop lunch and Fairbury Garden Club plant sale near Dominy Memorial Library.

“The past couple of times I’ve been there it actually rains in the morning then by 10 when it starts, it usually clears off,” observed Welch.

Bob Wheeler of Piper City was setting up items on Locust Street early Saturday morning, including a Livingston County history book, roll top desk and a few lanterns. Wheeler has attended the sale for about 30 years.

“It’s a friendly neighborhood and they let you bring your merchandise to sell where someone else can take it home to enjoy it,” he said.

Saturday’s sale started promptly at 10 a.m. with the line-up to drop off items starting four hours before that at 6 a.m. on the corner of First and Locust streets.

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