Oak Lawn preps for Fall on the Green fest
By Steve Metsch firstname.lastname@example.org September 3, 2014 8:36PM
Food, beer, rides, games, live music and plenty of pumpkins are all part of Oak Lawn's 19th annual Fall on the Green Friday through Sunday, Sept. 5-7, 2014, at 95th and Cook Avenue. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 4, 2014 2:13AM
Although the temperature was far from autumn-like Wednesday, crews from D&J Amusement were busy putting together thrill rides for Oak Lawn’s Fall on the Green.
The sounds of hammers echoed in the parking lot north of the village hall, where two thrill rides will be located for the 19th annual festival.
Fall on the Green, which features free admission, parking and shuttle buses, will be held on the Village Green north and east of the public library, and in the lot north of the village hall, from Friday through Sunday.
Deanne Adasiak, assistant to the festival director, said “everything is ahead of schedule and we’re hoping for no rain so we can keep going.”
The festival is paid for “with generous sponsorships, as always,” she said.
“You kind of keep it the same because it works. There’s just a little bit of tweaking. Here’s what makes it a great fest: You have generous sponsors. You sell a lot of beer, that’s where our main revenue stream is,” she said.
“And you want good weather,” she added.
The two thrill rides, named The Pharaoh and The Screamer, should keep teens busy, Adasiak said.
The Pharaoh swings 80 feet across and 60 feet high, while The Screamer is a 360-degree loop, an amusement company official said. D&J Amusements is the same company that runs the rides at St. Gerald’s annual festival.
There’s also a rock climbing wall, inflatables, obstacle course, face painting and a tattoo tent for youngsters.
Don’t worry about food if you are hungry. There are plenty of food vendors at Fall on the Green, offering a wide range of edible items such as corn dogs, pulled pork, nachos, toasted ravioli, strip steak sandwiches and funnel cakes, to name a few.
The music stage in the beer tent offers rock, country, bluegrass and pop covers.
Friday night has the Suburban Cowboys from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Journey tribute band Infinity from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and the Hat Guys from 10 p.m. to midnight.
The Beatles tribute band American English is the headlining act from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Also playing Saturday are the Opinions, a cover band, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Slippery When Wet, a rock and cover band, from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday features country rock by Mason Rivers from noon to 2 p.m., Neighborhood Blues Band from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Rolling Stones tribute band Tumbling Dice from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. and the Walk-Ins from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The festival is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Various school and community groups, such as the St. Linus Men’s Club, have volunteered to work serving up suds in the beer tent throughout the weekend. There’s also an arts and crafts tent with more than 55 vendors from around the Midwest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Some of the proceeds from Fall on the Green are donated to Park Lawn, which helps the developmentally disabled, Adasiak said.
A shuttle bus service will take folks to and from the train station parking garage every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.