Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Check out the final two videos in our four-part series on PrairieFest 2012.
And with these two videos, we bring our coverage of PrairieFest 2012 to an end. The third and fourth in our series (go here to see the first two), these videos cover Saturday and Sunday, the last two days of the Oswegoland Park District’s massive festival. You’ll get to see Saturday’s Oswego Fire Protection District bucket brigade, and performances by Oswego band Cash Inn and headliners the Gin Blossoms. And in Sunday’s video, you can check out the annual parade, and the first-ever PrairieFest bed races. Four teams competed, and the $750 purse was split between two charities: Autism Speaks and Young Life. Enjoy the videos, and start looking forward to next year’s PrairieFest.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Here's what's up for today, PrairieFest's biggest day. It all leads to a performance by pop-rockers the Gin Blossoms.
Today’s the big one, folks. Saturday at PrairieFest is the day the Oswegoland Park District goes all out. This year is no exception. The lineup, which you can see below, is topped off with a performance by the Gin Blossoms, famous in the ‘90s for a pair of chart-topping hits. (“Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You.”) The band has stayed intact, putting out solid pop-rock records since then, including their latest, No Chocolate Cake. In addition to the Gin Blossoms, you’ll get a performance by Generation, local teen band Cash Inn will play a set, and the Park District Dancers will entertain you. That’s all on the main stage. Two of today’s events have changed venue. First, the Oswego Fire Department’s Bucket Brigade will take place on the …
Monday, June 11, 2012
The Oswegoland Park District festival, which starts Thursday, is entering its 24th year. But organizers have something new planned for each day.
It’s been a tradition for more than two decades. As summer starts to get into full swing, the streets of Oswego come alive for PrairieFest. But with the festival now entering its 24th year, how do you keep it fresh? If you’re the Oswegoland Park District, you add something new and interesting to the lineup every day. You’ll still get the food, games and music you’ve come to expect – including a performance by the Gin Blossoms this year – but every day from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 17 at PrairieFest Park at 91 Plank Drive will bring something PrairieFest audiences haven’t seen before, according to Kristie Vest, special events supervisor with the park district. For example, Vest said, on Thursday, June 14, the Illinois Amateur …