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Vacation in Fairfield - Illinois

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Area Overview

Fairfield - A Great Place to Prosper. Open Air concerts on the courthouse square. The silent light show performed by fireflies under the night sky. A community populated not by residents, but neighbors. This is Fairfield, also known as home. An excellent location for business and business families to grow.

A perfectly short drive to metro areas and the ideal place to make a life while you're making a living.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

The City of Fairfield has three parks offering 100-acres of recreational park opportunities. Leo French Park, the largest in the entire county, a baseball diamonds and an Olympic size swimming pool. Situated on rolling wooded acreage it features a small lake that is home for many geese, ducks and swans that enjoy the treats brought to them by visitors. The lake is also surrounded by a paved walking path and serves as a breathtaking background for the annual candlelight Relay For Life project. During the Christmas Holiday Season Leo French Park is the location for Fairfield's Festival of Lights. To date the Festival features over 90 (and counting) lighted displays. The park with its well-designed sports segments and scenic lake is comparable to larger city parks and well worth the trip to see.

Lakeside Park offers lighted tennis courts, baseball, playground, and picnic facilities.

Southwest Park is center to Fairfield's softball program. In addition to the ball diamonds the park includes a concession stand, generous parking space, and serves as home to the community's annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Wayne County's Country Club offers private memberships, but from April to October it is open for public play six days a week.

Fairfield offers special events throughout the year. Dates, locations, and contact information can be found on our Community Calendar.

Some of the annual highlights include the Independence Day Fireworks Display, the City Band Concert Series, The Fairfield Fall Fun Fest, Homecoming, Fairfield Paint Out, Lighted Christmas Parade, and the Festival of Lights Christmas Displays.

Elsewhere in Wayne County, Sam Dale Lake offers boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, and camping. And, Bean Days in Wayne City, Frontier Days in Geff, and the Cisne Reunion add to the county's social calendar each year.

Fairfield provides a unique shopping experience with an opportunity to shop in locally owned retail stores which include boutiques, antique stores, a bakery, a yoga studio, flower shops, hair salons, formal dress store, and a men's clothing store.

Cultural Activities


The Hanna House Museum is where the history of Wayne County Illinois lives on. You may visit the Hanna House to see many rooms of Wayne County history including military items from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. Other collections include items from area schools, businesses, churches, civic organizations, and more. Some points of interest are Shelton Game relics and photos, the cell door from the old jail, country store memories, Fairfield school uniforms, yearbooks and group photos, sports and recreation and diverse entertaining local history from the 1920's until now. It is open Saturdays April through October, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is located at the corner of Center and 1st Street in Fairfield. Closed Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Sale Dale Lake State Park
Gently rolling terrain, lush woods and a beautiful lake make the Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area the perfect spot for a family outing. Located northwest of Johnsonville in Wayne County, this area has something for everyone: fishing, hunting, picnicking, and camping. Visitors may see quail, rabbit, dove, squirrel, deer, muskrat, fox, raccoon, owls, turkey, hawk, wood cock or beaver roaming the timber or brushy fields of the park. The highlight of a visit here is the Sam Dale Lake, a beautiful 194 acre lake with 5 miles of shoreline trails to enjoy or explore. In addition, several smaller ponds are home to fish and wildlife.

Two Class B/E campgrounds provide the overnight visitor with necessary amenities in a shady, secluded section of the park. These campsites have electricity and a sanitary dump station. One has a playground close by for small children. Tent and group camping areas also are available, including a handicapped pad in one campground. Campsite Reservations are accepted online through ReserveAmerica.


Hikers will delight at the sights and sounds along the 3.2-mile nature trail as it winds through the wooded area in a circular pattern with three major loops. The trail skirts the lake for an easy side trip to the shore. A 1.6-mile trail from the group campground area to the dam winds along the lake.


The tall, shady trees and plentiful flowers and greenery beckon many nature-lovers to the Sam Dale Lake picnic areas. Three picnic areas have shelters and are reservable online through Reserve America. Several picnic areas are available with tables, drinking fountains, and outdoor stoves. Playground equipment is nearby. A concession stand offers sandwiches and cold drinks.


Sam Dale Lake is located in northwestern Wayne County. Coming North or South on I-57, take exit #109, turn East on Rt 161, travel approx. 22 miles, look for a large sign on the left for the entrance to Sam Dale Lake. If traveling from the East on Rt 50, turn South on Rt 45 to Cisne, turn West and travel approx. 8 mi. to site entrance sign. From the West on Rt 161, travel 22 miles east of Rt 37 to park entrance.



Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  19.7  28.4  37.0  2.8 "
 February  24.0  33.6  43.2  2.7 "
 March  33.4  43.9  54.3  4.6 "
 April  42.6  54.1  65.7  4.8 "
 May  52.2  63.9  75.6  4.7 "
 June  61.0  73.0  85.0  4.2 "
 July  65.1  76.7  88.2  3.8 "
 August  62.8  74.7  86.6  3.4 "
 September  55.0  67.3  79.6  2.9 "
 October  43.5  55.9  68.3  3.3 "
 November  33.9  43.6  53.4  4.3 "
 December  24.3  33.0  41.7  3.5 "

Best Time To Go:

Fall and summer.

Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the low 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's.



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