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Oak Lawn children’s museum director: Fest drew record crowd

A visitor Oak Lawn fest attempts break board during martial arts demonstration.  |  AlisNicol~For Sun-Times Media

A visitor to the Oak Lawn fest attempts to break a board during a martial arts demonstration. | Alison Nicol~For Sun-Times Media

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A record number of people attended the ninth annual Fall Fun Fest on Sept. 29 at The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, giving museum executive director Adam Woodworth reason to smile.

“We ended up having 2,100 people here, our most ever,” he said.

To arrive at that estimate, it’s all about the pumpkins.

“We were giving away 600 pumpkins. They were gone by 12:30 p.m. We started at 10 a.m.,” he said. “You figure every child who came was with one or two parents and one or two siblings, We low-balled and said three people per pumpkin, so that’s 1,800 people and there were people coming later asking for pumpkins.”

A total of 750 lanyards, which contained punch cards for children, were gone by 1 p.m., he said.

“It was a fun day,” Woodworth said.

The goal was to boost interest in the museum, at 5100 Museum Drive. Woodworth thinks that was accomplished.

The festival was touted for the first time on the “Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn” page on Facebook and evidently drew folks from near and far. Photos from the event can be found on that page.

“One family came all the way from Portage, Ind.,” he said.



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