The celebration to rededicate the historic Jefferson County Courthouse is in its final stages of planning, and this 125th anniversary on Sept. 10 promises many wholesome, fun-filled, family events.
Rose Wiegert, who is helping to organize the celebration at the courthouse, explained that there have been some minor changes to the plans for the event, which have expanded to include more activities in which people can participate.
“We have a new event,” said Wiegert. “We’re having some blacksmithing demonstrations that will be on the west side of the square, next to the wagon rides.”
Wiegert noted that there have been approximately 17 parade entries and over 45 vendors who will be stationed around the square. She noted that it is important for people who want to participate as either a vendor, or to enter the parade to fill out an entry form. Here is the link to the parade entry form. The application for vendors can be found here.
The Pancake Man will also be there to serve breakfast at the Methodist Church, and Wiegert hopes that there will be a large number of people in attendance. He will begin serving breakfast at 8 a.m.
“This is a family event,” Wiegert said. “People can bring a lawn chair and stay all day. We’re getting lots of kids games lined up. The main thing is just to get everybody in here to have a celebration. It’s going to be a fun day!”
Jefferson County Commissioner Mark Schoenrock, who will speak at the re-dedication ceremony, noted that there are a number of famous people who may appear at the celebration.
“There’s a rumor that Thomas Jefferson is going to be there,” said Schoenrock. “There’s a rumor that he’s going to come and share some words.”
On Friday before the event, Ol’ Red 99.5 and Fairbury News Now are teaming up to help clean up the square to give visitors the best experience possible. For a full list of activities at the courthouse celebration check out http://fairbury.com/pages/annual_events/heritage-festival.html.