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GavDas4 Steve Jacobs40 Mokenline up shot an Oak Fest carnival game Sunday Oak Forest.  |  Nick Swedberg/For Sun-Times

Gavin Dasto, 4, and Steve Jacobson, 40, of Mokena, line up a shot at an Oak Fest carnival game on Sunday in Oak Forest. | Nick Swedberg/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 8, 2014 6:32AM



Selena Nicole, 29, and Michael Gardner, 35, drove from Chicago on Sunday to catch the last day of Oak Fest in Oak Forest.

Nicole said they came last year, with her children Michael and Madison. The favorite parts for her children — and likely most of the kids who visited Oak Fest — were the rides.

“My favorite was the train ride,” said Madison, 4, referring to a ride shaped like a green dragon.

This year marked the 27th annual edition of the Oak Forest festival.

Festival chairman Joe Koce said organizers paid extra attention to the carnival this year, after feedback from attendees indicated that people wanted more rides and discounted day passes.

Rough weather during setup of Oak Fest last week caused a few problems with tents. The huge beer tent, which had housed the music stage and beer vendors in previous years, had to be scrapped this year. However, the rest of the festival, which ran Wednesday through Sunday, was able to go off as planned.

For Nicole, the highlights are the food tents and live music.

“I’d rather spend money on fried foods,” she said, joking.

Oak Fest’s massive fireworks display was on the Nicole’s agenda, but, much to her disappointment, they were unable to make the show Friday.

“There just aren’t a lot of great places to see fireworks in the south suburbs,” Nicole said.



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