Even though it’s a busy time of year for him, Santa Claus made his way to Fairbury to find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.
The Fairbury Chamber of Commerce welcomed Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers to the historic downtown area with their annual event known as Miracle on the Square, which featured covered wagon rides, the festival of trees and even a reindeer fun walk around the courthouse.
Jill Davis, president of the Chamber of Commerce, explained that this event has been a staple in the community for many years, ushering in the spirit of Christmas.
“It started out several years ago with the Festival of Trees, and it was just an opportunity for area businesses to bring trees down and decorate them with their business cards and their themes, or even individuals do it,” said Davis. “Everyone is festive, and it’s really a nice way to get started with Christmas.
“From there, we started the Miracle on the Square a couple of years ago as a way to bring more people downtown,” Davis continued. “It was a great way for people to see the courthouse and local businesses, and be downtown in our beautiful area for the holidays.”
Although this event has had a long-standing tradition in Fairbury, Davis noted that this year, there were some changes to it, including the addition of new activities.
“We moved things to Husker Rehab because of the renovations at the courthouse,” said Davis. “It’s been great here, Husker Rehab has been wonderful to work with, and we appreciate that. We also have some of the trees on display at Barber Furniture. One of the new events this year is the reindeer walk around the square. Diane Kujath with the Burkley Wellness Center came up with idea. People are given reindeer antlers and light-up noses as they walk around the square.”
Davis believes that this is an important event for the community, and she hopes to see it continue to be well received by everyone.
“This is really a neat opportunity for families here in Fairbury to get in the spirit of Christmas,” Davis said. “Kids have the opportunity to visit with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. Kirk Schroeder has been a big help by offering covered wagon rides around the square. It gives people an opportunity to do something they wouldn’t always do. This is really a great community event, and we are grateful for all of the support we have had here.”