O’FALLON – Festival goers who have long yearned for the city of O’Fallon to get back to hosting a community fair like so many other communities in the area do, don’t have to wait much longer.
From Friday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 18 noon until 10 p.m., vendors from within the community will be serving up traditional summer fair – hotdogs, brats, burgers and beer, and much more, according to mayor Herb Roach.
Roach said that “every” community around O’Fallon has one or more events annually, so “why can’t we have our own festival?”
He said it was obvious there was a lot of enthusiasm for City Fest by the response he and other organizers have gotten.
“I can’t say thank you enough to all of our business community,” Roach said. “They have stepped up and really done a good job on sponsoring and the volunteers that have organized things. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Among volunteer participants are youth groups and seniors overseeing cake stands, he said.
Other features include a parade through downtown O’Fallon, traditional carnival games in community park and a climbing wall.
Roach said that all money generated from the climbing wall will go to local first responders and veterans who suffer from PTSD.
Roach said that he thinks the “scope” of City Fest is different from past O’Fallon picnic events.
“It’s to bring our city together and to do things to help our organizations who help others. We’re not doing this to make a profit.”
While some money from the event will go to a reserve for next year’s City Fest, “anything beyond the reserve – we are going to split between our police department and our parks department.”
Roach said that the O’Fallon Police Department has done an “excellent job” setting up security for the event.
“There will be a very full police presence,” he said. “They have been a blessing to us in helping us set up things.”
Roach said that there will be additional lighting in community park to accommodate security. “We are trying to take as many precautions as possible.”
The parade route will start by the old City Hall and come down Lincoln Avenue and eventually end at community park.
“We are trying to make it exciting for the community,” he said.
There will be three bands total at City Fest – one band will perform on Friday and two other bands will perform on Saturday.
“I cannot say enough about the hours that people have put into this to pull it off,” Roach said.