On Friday, members of Ol’ Red 99-5 and Fairbury News Now were joined by members of the community and other local businesses to help clean up the downtown area for Saturday’s Courthouse Celebration.
Chayton Diller, who is with the Boy Scouts, Megan Sothan, of the Jefferson County Historical Society, and Barb Ebke helped to clean up the community on Friday afternoon by picking up trash and sweeping the sidewalks.
Trevor Steinmeyer, of Ol’ Red 99-5, explained that this joint effort is an important way to prepare for the courthouse celebration on Saturday.
“I think it went well,” said Steinmeyer. “We didn’t do anything real major. It was just a tip of the hat to the real organizers of the courthouse celebration who made tomorrow’s event possible. We’re looking forward to a great event!”
Steinmeyer stated that Ol’ Red 99-5 was happy to give back to the community. He stated that he enjoys dedicating time to improve the community.
“I guess I’m no stranger to community service,” Steinmeyer said. “It’s part of my blood and it’s what I like to do.”
Shaun Friedrichsen, owner of Fairbury News Now, explained he was grateful to see others join Fairbury News Now and Ol’ Red 99-5 in their efforts to prepare for Saturday’s celebration.
“It was great to see everyone come help out,” said Friedrichsen. “We had a wide variety of people join us, which was neat to see because it shows that people care about the community. We really have a lot of great things to offer here. Events like the courthouse celebration show just how strong the county is and how great things can happen when people come together.”
Even Fairbury’s other media source, the Fairbury Journal-News, came to lend a hand to clean up the downtown area; however, they declined to stay for a photo. Friedrichsen hopes that this event will provide a good start to the courthouse celebration, which recognizes that the courthouse is 125 years old and still in great shape.
“This has just been a great day to prepare for all of the events that will happen on Saturday,” Friedrichsen said. “We invite everyone to join in the festivities. Volunteers set up the Avenue of Flags this morning at the Jefferson County Courthouse, which is always a great sight to see. Over 120 years ago, people in the community dedicated their efforts to constructing the courthouse, which is a symbol of the county’s strength. We want to carry on that sense of dedication and pride in our community.”