VIDEO FLASHBACK: 'Round-Up Days' Parade 1952

Believe it or not, Oak Lawn once recruited new residents by "rounding them up."

Before Fall on the Green, there was an annual parade from 1949 through 1958 that celebrated local businesses and the good life in Oak Lawn.

Civic leaders took advantage of the TV western craze by hosting a cowboy-themed weekend designed to lure people into moving to Oak Lawn in the post-World War II years.

Members of the and adopt the roles of horse thieves, gold diggers and cowboys staging mock gunfights and trials in the center of 95th Street.

In 1957, a record-breaking 100,000 visitors attended 'Round-Up Days.' Sadly, the last round-up was held a year later, a victim rising costs and residents complaining that their quaint village was being overrun by outsiders.

This video clip shows a portion of the 1952 Round-Up Days parade of residents gathered curbside on 95th Street to watch riders in western attire riding horseback, kids marching in full cowboy regalia, floats, and marching bands.

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Grunty October 18, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Before fall on the green it was called Oak Lawn fest, then Oak Lawn fest got moved, and fall on the green started....right?
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I don't know, Grunty. I've only lived here a year.
Bob October 19, 2011 at 02:18 AM
You are correct! I am the 5th generation of my family to live here in Oak Lawn.
Jim Vondracek October 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Thanks for an interesting article! We moved to Oak Lawn 8 years ago and its always interesting to learn more about its past. The 'round-up' sounds like it was in the period before Oak Lawn's big growth in the late 50s and into the 60s, with the changing south and southwest Chicago neighborhoods and people moving from those neighborhoods to OL. Thanks again!
garry albrecht December 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM


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