O’Fallon City Council approves Bacon Fest

New festival put on by the VFW to be held in October

Bacon Fest ApprovedO’FALLON – Bacon Fest is coming to O’Fallon.

The event, which was first discussed last week at the city Community Development Committee, is being put on by VFW Post 805. Bacon Fest will be a street festival running along First Street between Oak Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Vendors will be on hand with booths selling items, while food vendors will be serving items themed around bacon. Family friendly activities will be available, including face painting, music, and bounce houses. A car show has been proposed featuring the Piston Pushers and other local car groups.

The VFW expects between 500 and 1,000 attendees for the first day-long event. The city police department will have the on-duty shift commander and patrol officer monitor the event.

The City Council unanimously approved the VFW’s request. Bacon Fest will take place on October 15 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Outgoing Miss O'Fallon Grace Blakenship spoke before the City Council, detailing the highlights of her time as Miss O'Fallon. Blakenship thanked the residents of O'Fallon for showing her such love and support. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Outgoing Miss O’Fallon Grace Blakenship spoke before the City Council, detailing the highlights of her time as Miss O’Fallon. Blakenship thanked the residents of O’Fallon for showing her such love and support. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

In other business…

  •  The council approved an ordinance allowing for the expansion of the parking lot at First United Methodist Church. Alderman Kevin Hagarty was the lone “No” vote against the expansion project. He has said in the past that he spoke with residents that were against the project. Alderman Matt Gilreath said at the last council meeting that he grew up in the neighborhood and that as long as the church installs privacy fencing, foliage, and makes sure a detention pond is in place, he supported the project.
  • The council approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into mutual aid agreements with District 90, District 203, and Central District 104. The agreement allows for law enforcement and the city to use school buildings as staging areas and shelters in case of a major disaster. The city had previously had an informal agreement with the school districts, however the police department is updating emergency plans and needed to have a formal agreement in place.
  •  The council also approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign an Illinois Department of Transportation Local Agency Agreement for Federal participation for the construction of new sidewalks at Hinchcliffe, Marie Schaefer, and Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary Schools. The council also approved a similar resolution allowing for the implementation of the Illini Bike Trail and Pedestrian improvement project.
  • A public hearing related to the annexation of property located at 8676 East Highway 50, Lebanon, was delayed until the next council meeting. Community Development Director Ted Shekell said the applicants are still finalizing their plans as it relates to fencing.
  • The council unanimously approved the appointment of Bob Dunn to the Planning Commission.
  • During the City Clerk’s report, the council approved requests for raffles from the Lincoln Class of 1971 and the O’Fallon Woman’s Club. The Lincoln Class of 1971 will be having an event on August 19 at St. Clair Bowl, while the Woman’s Club will have their event on November 5 at the Katy Cavins Center.
  • The Mayor and City Council held a brief moment of silence prior to the start of the meeting in honor of the fallen police officers around the nation.
  • Aldermen Jerry Albrecht and David Cozad were excused from the meeting.