Worth Days is a family tradition
By Ginger Brashinger Correspondent September 6, 2013 5:03PM
Arlene Siegers, the Siegers' family matriarch, is surrounded by family and friends at the Worth Days parade. | Ginger Brashinger~For Sun-Times Media
Worth Days lived up to expectations for anyone looking for one last blast of summer celebration.
Arlene Siegers, a 44-year Worth resident, and her three sons — John, Bob and Mark — said they welcomed about 200 family and friends through their bright blue tent on 111th Street where they staked out a prime spot to watch the Aug. 25 afternoon parade.
“We do this every year,” John Siegers, 44, said as he offered food and beverages out of the back of his pick-up truck to anyone who stopped by to say hello.
Siegers and his childhood friend, Eric Medel, 48, reminisced about their Boy Scout days as a scout troop marched by, calling out to familiar faces on parade floats.
“It’s one time of year I can see my friends after working hard,” John Siegers said.
Arlene Siegers said she’s stayed in Worth for 44 years because it lives up to its claim as a “friendly village.”
Some young Palos Hills Emergency Management Agency volunteers agreed.
“The mayor cooked lunch and dinner for us yesterday,” Tony Smith, 18, EMA volunteer, said as he checked cars into the parking lot with EMA cadet, John Grabinski, 14.
Worth Mayor Mary Werner made pulled pork and roast beef sandwiches and potato salad for the volunteers, on one of the busiest days of the event, village Clerk Bonnie Price said.
Price said attendees filled the parking lots on all sides of the celebration.
“This is probably one of our better years in the last five years,” Price said.
She said the Wilson’s Family Show with 20 carnival rides was an “awesome” new entertainment venue this year.
“The residents and kids can’t say enough about them,” Price said.
Attendees had a lot more entertainment to talk about.
Beer, food and entertainment tents and about 20 vendors occupied one side of the area beyond the carnival, and a Kids Zone run by the Worth Park District filled the other.
Worth Park District recreation superintendent Bob Russo said the Kids Zone activities were well attended.
Russo said the only cost was a $1 for sand and spin art supplies, but “just about everything (else) is free for the kids.”
Free carnival games with prizes, a miniature golf course and a children’s stage with entertainment for and by kids was on the agenda for the weekend, featuring balloon art, several live acts, a “beach party” and free pony rides sponsored by the Worth Lions Club.
“We have kids who were here for hours just playing the games and picking up prizes,” Russo said.
Other free attractions included “Forms in Motion” entertainers, the Chicago-based circus acts company’s first year at Worth Days.
Red Fornier, a 16-year-old juggler, fascinated his young audience under the shade of the food tent as a grandmother, Megan Lamaster, looked on.
Lamaster said she moved to Worth because of her fond memories from childhood and now she brings her grandchildren to the event.
“My grandma used to live on 115th Street,” Lamaster said. “We would always come to Worth Days when I was a kid. We love the fireworks, the rides, everything. We’ve been coming here for years.”