Hat’s off to the City of Lake Forest for venturing into celebrating the real start of fall. It was a great idea, even if the rain gods didn’t thinks so. Hopefully CoLF will try again next year, in which case I offer a couple of suggestions.
A smaller and paved venue might be a good hedge against all day showers. Since fireworks and Octoberfest aren’t generally associated, the parking lot at Gorton community Center would hold the tent and (really loud) stage. As a celebration originally rooted in Bavaria, perhaps a more traditional Octoberfest motif would draw an age group more likely to celebrate such a food and drink oriented tradition; the carnival attractions, literally in left field, seemed a bit irrelevant. As there were two other concurrent Octoberfest events around town, perhaps a little coordination would reduce the competition.
“Practice makes perfect,” they say and I’ll hope CoLF Octoberfest becomes a old, old traditional event with community support much like Lake Forest Day and the 4th of July .
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