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Summerfest, revisited

La Grange gives new life to an old favorite, with Endless Summerfest

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:05 p.m. CST

If you grew up in or around La Grange during the 1980s and early ‘90s, you likely recall the annual Summerfest. Teens waited with anticipation discover the lineup of musical acts, youngsters paused in awe at the entrance to the carnival, and the aroma of fried dough and corn dogs wafting through the air. This season, after a multi-year hiatus, The Park District of La Grange and La Grange Business Association (LGBA), are reviving the event and giving it new life, as very first La Grange Endless Summerfest.

The three-day festival kicks off Friday, August 1 and runs through Sunday, August 3, from the grounds of Gordon Park at the intersection of Ogden & Locust, in La Grange.

The newly-renovated, 14-acre Gordon Park is the perfect spot, organizers say, with ample space for attractions and crowds, while allowing the heart of the downtown business district to remain open and unencumbered.

“That was one of the reasons the original Summerfest wrapped up,” says LGBA director Nancy Cummings. “Three days with the road closed was a struggle for our downtown businesses. Gordon Park has been reborn as the perfect venue.”

Just steps off LaGrange Road and the Burlington train station, the festival is the inaugural kickoff for the park. Endless Summerfest visitors can enjoy new attractions, experience great live performances, taste unique food from local vendors, witness a spectacular firework show and relax in the park with family and friends.

“We wanted to recapture the excitement and nostalgia that surrounded the former event, and with this location, we can bring in a lot more,” she says.

In addition to the music stage, you will find a carnival with rides and games, children’s activities area, beer and wine tent, Community Business Expo and much more.

“This is a great opportunity to show cooperation with local businesses to put on a three day event for the community,” says Dean Bissias, Director of the Park District of La Grange.

La Grange Endless Summerfest is open Friday from 4- 10:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 10:30 p.m. A fireworks show, sponsored by Country Financial, will be featured at dusk on Friday and Sunday. Pony rides and a petting zoo and special activities for children are showcased from Noon – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday free of charge. CArnival rides also are offered.

Live entertainment throughout the weekend includes: Big Wheel, Hair Bangers Ball, Saracens, Kickin’ Jimmy, 16 Candles, Mason Rivers and Andrew Salgado. There is a $3 per person admission charge to the food and entertainment area from 5 p.m. – 9:30  p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Children under 12 are free. Delicious fare from La Grange restaurants and food vendors will be available.

Also featured throughout the weekend is a local business expo, which will showcase the amenities and services offered by many businesses in the area.

"The Business Expo is a great way for visitors and residents to personally connect with some of the terrific independent businesses that are all around us,” said Steve Jasinski, president of the LGBA. "   “It’s part of our continuing effort to encourage people to support local businesses first,” he says.

For updates information please visit the
La Grange Endless Summerfest website
www.lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com.

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