Flossmoor Fest set for Sept. 8
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org September 5, 2012 3:26PM
The annual Flossmoor Fest will return on Sept. 8 and take place in downtown Flossmoor and at Flossmoor Park. | File photo
Updated: October 7, 2012 6:05AM
One of the top summer festivals, as voted by readers of the SouthtownStar, returns Sept. 8 — Flossmoor Fest.
The annual event will be held in downtown Flossmoor and at Flossmoor Park.
Kimberly Richardson, assistant to the village manager, said the festival appeals to people on different levels.
“I consider it our community block party. I’ve been saying that for a few years, but it really is an opportunity for our residents, our neighbors to get together and enjoy the day,” Richardson said.
She’s hoping for good weather, saying, “The last time we canceled was in 2008 when we had a deluge.”
The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and includes children’s games from noon to 5 p.m. in the park and plenty of free musical entertainment, including singing groups from various schools in Flossmoor.
“We have an eclectic, diverse group of musicians and it’s really just a fun day. It’s about enjoying being part of Flossmoor, about seeing your neighbors one more time before fall,” Richardson said.
Matt Wilhelm, a BMX rider who has participated in the X Games and Olympics, will start performing stunts at 3 p.m., followed by a basketball stunt show, she said.
Miss Illinois USA 2012, Ashley Hooks, will help open the day at 11:30 a.m.
“We greatly appreciate her coming out,” Richardson said.
The day is free save the food booths operated by local restaurants. There’s no beer tent, but beer will be sold at some booths, she said.
The headliner band, Second Nature, takes the stage at 9 p.m.
Asked why Flossmoor Fest has become so popular, Richardson offers some ideas.
“It’s a one-day event with free activities for the kids, which is a big thing now in this economy. And, it’s a community event that is laid back. It’s not about the vendors or the entertainers. It’s about the community. When we didn’t’ have it because of bad weather for a few years, people really missed it,” she said.
A 5K run and walk will be held at 9 a.m. for early risers.
Visit www.flossmoor.org for more information on the fest.