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Labor and Work Street Fair

Saturday, April 27
Starts at 10:00 AM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Labor and Work Street Fair

To highlight industry and industriousness in McLean County—both past and present—the Museum is inviting area businesses, local unions, trades people, skilled workers, and artisans to showcase their skills and the services they provide to our community as part of an interactive Labor and Work Street Fair on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting). This event is free and open to the public.

The Street Fair will take place on the 100 block of West Jefferson Street and 200 block of North Main Street on Museum Square. Participating businesses/trades will offer thematic activities for attendees to observe and try for themselves. Visit the Museum’s booth to pick up a map complete with information about participating businesses/trades and to make-and-take your very own job hat. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to go inside the Museum to explore the newest permanent exhibit Challenges, Choices, and Change: Working for a Living, which opened in September 2018.

Street Fair activities will include the following:

Connect Transit
will be bringing the Community Bus with information about how Connect Transit has evolved.
Brandt Consolidated
In will have Agricultural Farm Equipment on display and employment information
Ecology Action Center
will have an info booth on their programs and work regarding solid waste, recycling, clean water, energy efficiency, and a hands on recycling education activity.
Sheet Metal Workers Local 1
will be doing hands on sheet metal work.
Illinois Laborers’ & Contractors Joint Apprenticeship Training Program will have GPS & surveying, Virtual Reality goggles, traffic control and laborers work simulation.
Downtown Bloomington IL
will have information about Downtown Bloomington Businesses and the Farmers’ Market.
Prairie Aviation Museum
will have a Hughes Helicopter on display along with educational information regarding general aviation.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Local Lodge 1000)
IAM District 8 will have information about their work with the City of Bloomington Water Department and Ferrero USA, Inc. Ferrero candy and Pepsi products will be available for sample.
Silver Back Apparel Company & One Stop Print Shop
will be doing custom apparel printing.
Painters District Council No. 30
will be painting the tool boxes created with the Carpenters Local Union 237.

Corn Belt Energy will have an informational booth, highlighting Corn Belt Energy careers.
R Way Trucking will have a semi with dump trailer, a truck with no trailer, CB radios and coloring page handouts.

Carpenters Local 237 will be building tool boxes.

Green Top Grocery will an information table to teach people about cooperative business education.

West Bloomington Grocery Store will have information on the community economic development effort to build a grocery store in West Bloomington to end the food desert.

Mister Softee Of Bloomington will be selling ice cream on the Museum Square.

Pars Rug Gallery will be doing antique rug restoration.

Bloomington Fire Department will have one of their emergency vehicles on display.

Bloomington-NORMAL Spine Clinic will have chair massages and information about chiropractic services.

Western Avenue Community Center will have a booth about their resources and services that enrich lives, and empower families and individuals in the community through their programs.

Life Goes On Organ/Tissue Donor Program will have information about the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry and information about careers in outreach.

WJBC will have a booth about radio broadcasting.

Bloomington Public Library will have information on the Bookmobiles through the years since it began in the 1930s, Bookmobile schedules, Library program guides, and the opportunity to sign up for library cards. Plus, there will be a “make and take” their own paper Bookmobile craft, and other giveaways too!

First Student will be bringing one of their school buses, have information about employment opportunities, and giveaways and treats.

Brian K. Simpson, Portraits for Tips will be doing 10 minute portraits.

Nightshop will be hosting a “Build Your Own Spice Blend Booth” that will highlight the evolution of flavors in Midwest food culture, and the impact globalization and agricultural changes have had in that evolution.

PLUS! Visit these downtown Bloomington businesses for special offers and activities on this day only:

Bobzbay will be offering 50% off comic books.

Red Raccoon Games will be offering 10% off their purchase to anyone who brings in Labor and Work Street Fair event map.

The Massage Spot will be having a Mother’s Day gift certificate sale (two one-hour sessions for $100).

The Yarn Garden will be participating in Local Yarn Store Day also and have “pick your discount” cards, drawings for door prizes, and demonstrations of various “fiber art” skills.

Common Ground Grocery will be hosting an Earth Day event in the Frontier Parking Lot south of the grocery store from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Refine 309 will be offering a 15% discount (minus anything consigned by a local artist). 

Check back regularly as more businesses and activities continue to be added!

Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street. For more information about this free public program, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at or 309-827-0428.