Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Park Board gets recap of this summer’s PrairieFest
The 24th annual PrairieFest celebration held over three days in June saw a profit and revenue increase from last year. In a report to Park Board Commisisoners, Special Events Supervisor Kristie Vest said the 2013 PrairieFest saw revenue increase $2,681 from last year. The late start of the festival on Friday did impact revenue, particularly in beverage sales. Vest wrote that due to the weather conditions of the weekend – 100 plus temperatures and a forecast of afternoon rain – they were unable to recoup that loss. However, by increasing their Title Sponsors by one and doubling the Millennium Sponsors to six the Park District was able to make up for the shortfall in carnival and beverage sales. Sponsorship revenue in 2012 increased by $10,…
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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Cori Veverka of the Oswegoland Park District wants to thank everyone who lent a hand to this year's PrairieFest.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Over 200 people graciously donated their time to volunteer at PrairieFest this weekend and we cannot thank them enough! This festival is possible because of all of the amazing students, couples, individuals, families, and community groups (like the OEHS National Honor Society, Wheatland Salem Church, and Source Church) who join us each Father’s Day weekend. They sweat the small stuff, so you don’t have to. This sea of volunteers in blue shirts helped you park, shuttled you to your destination, greeted you as you arrived, and cleaned up behind you. They poured your beer, lined up your parade, and kept you on track during your race. They showed up early and stayed late. They worked in the sunshine and they worked in the pouring rain. And …
Kristie Vest, special events coordinator with the Oswegoland Park District, has some thank yous to give out.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
“10 days until PrairieFest, Mom.” These were words out of my son’s mouth on his first day of summer. He had counted down to the last day of school for a month, and a new countdown had begun. For him, PrairieFest is a mark of the seasons, just like the end of school. PrairieFest is woven into the fabric of this town. 28 different events were hosted by 28 different community groups in four days. That number doesn’t include the Boy Scouts selling their hot dogs, the 18 groups on the community booth line, or the 65 parade entries who entertained those along the village streets Sunday. The support from our community businesses allows the festival to have so much entertainment and music free of any admission fees. We are grateful to our …
Check out the first half of our video coverage of PrairieFest 2012. These two videos will show you what happened Thursday and Friday. Check back tomorrow for Saturday's and Sunday's videos.
We’re wrapping up our PrairieFest coverage by taking you to the movies. Today and tomorrow, we’ll release our four documentary videos, capturing the sights and sounds of PrairieFest 2012, the Oswegoland Park District’s massive festival that ran from June 14 to June 17 at PrairieFest Park in Oswego. Today we have the first two, covering Thursday and Friday. In these videos, you can see the opening rocket launch by the Illinois Society of Amateur Rocketry, the rides provided by Windy City Amusements, Miller’s Petting Zoo, the surprise flash mob on Friday, and performances by Wedding Banned and Back Country Roads. Check back tomorrow for our final two videos, bringing our week-long PrairieFest coverage to a close. Thanks for watching!
Monday, June 18, 2012
A look at the sights of the final day of the Oswegoland Park District's summer festival.
The curtain has fallen on another PrairieFest. But Sunday’s finale had plenty of fun for everyone who braved the heat. The centerpiece of the day, of course, was the PrairieFest Parade, and hundreds upon hundreds of people lined the downtown streets to watch the floats, bands and politicians pass by. And it didn’t disappoint – kids and their parents were delighted with the hour-long procession. But the newest attraction on the last day of PrairieFest was the inaugural bed races. Three teams signed up to race specially-designed beds down Theodore Drive, competing for charity. The Oswegoland Park District’s own team, The Queen and Her Court, won the race, but according to organizer Brian Everhart of the park district, the $750 purse will be …
Colin Sullivan of Montgomery hopes he set the world record for balancing an eight-foot ladder on his chin on Saturday during PrairieFest. Check out the video to see him in action.
Colin Sullivan admits it’s a pretty strange talent. In many ways, this 21-year-old from Montgomery is just like most people his age. He’s amiable and funny, and has an easygoing way about him. He’s studying at Northern Illinois University to be a physical education teacher, and has a career in sight. But he can do something not everyone can: Colin Sullivan can balance things on his chin. Big things. Like the eight-foot ladder with which he hopes he set an official world record on Saturday. Sullivan’s been chin-balancing for years – his father did it when Sullivan was younger, and he just picked it up, he said. He started small, performing in school talent shows, but his balancing skills have taken him to the Ellen Degeneres Show and Live …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Here's a look at some of the highlights of Saturday's PrairieFest, including a performance by the Gin Blossoms.
What can we say about Saturday at PrairieFest? This was the biggest day of the Oswegoland Park District festival, and though the wind was enough to knock you down at some points during the day, a good time was had by all. On Saturday, two teams competed in the Oswego Fire Department Bucket Brigade, which moved to the festival grounds for the first time. Local teen band Cash Inn and covers outfit Generations rocked the main stage, before the main event – the Gin Blossoms – closed things out with a set of jangly pop-rock. (That is, until the rain and lightning cut things short.) And Colin Sullivan of Montgomery may have himself a world record. The 21-year-old balanced an 8-ft. ladder on his chin for two and a half minutes in the East View …
Here's a look at what's in store for the final day of this year's PrairieFest.
All good things, as they say, must come to an end. And that’s the way it is with PrairieFest, which ends its annual run today. But the Oswegoland Park District still has plenty of fun in store for you. The big events of the day are the 5K and one-mile Prairie Dog Jog at 8:30 a.m., the parade at 1 p.m., and the all-new bed races down Theodore Drive at 3:30 p.m. There will be three divisions in the bed race, and the winning team in each one will get money donated to their favorite charity. There will also be a place to Make Your Case – essentially, to donate money to those charities, each of which will have an open pillowcase ready to collect your cash. And don’t forget the car show, the Rotary Club duck race, and a performance by Hix Bros. …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
A look at the sights of the first full day of the Oswegoland Park District's annual festival.
The first full day of PrairieFest was a hot one. Sweltering, in fact. And though attendance was down for most of the day – it’s a weekday, after all, and did we mention it was really hot? – the Oswegoland Park District festival still came through with the entertainment. Friday saw performances by local bands Back Country Roads and 7th Heaven on the main stage, as well as a set by students in the Fox River Academy of Music ad Art, and routines by Park District dance students. And at 6 p.m., a group of dancers leapt up from the main stage area, flash mob style, and put on an impromptu show. The fun got off to a late start on Friday, since someone had cut through the electrical wires powering Windy City Amusements’ rides, Oswego police said. …