Thousands Turn Out For Fall On the Green 2012

A review of the first two days of Fall On the Green 2012. Sunday is the last day to enjoy Oak Lawn's 17th annual fall frolic at 95th Street and Cook Avenue.

Thousands of local residents swarmed to 95th Street and Cook Avenue for the first two days of Oak Lawn’s 17th annual Fall On the Green, lured by the smell of roasted corn and the sound of retro cover bands.

The Budweiser Beer Tent was jam packed for Rolling Stones’ tribute band Tumbling Dice for the fall frolic's Friday night opening of the three-day fest.

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While teens may not have cared for some of the retro 70s and 80s tribute bands that their parents and grandparents were boogeying to, there were plenty of activities for the "yewts."

The most popular teen attraction is the water ball pond, new this year at Fall On the Green. Teens crawled into deflated plastic bubbles as wranglers pumped them full of air with leaf blowers. After the bubbles were inflated, the kids inside walked up a ramp poolised and rolled into the water.

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I went back for a second ear of roasted Iowa sweet corn on Saturday at the Oak Lawn Rotary Corn booth located in the Food Court. I plan to go back for more corn on Sunday. The large, generous ears from the Hawkeye state were roasted to perfection on a rotisserie and then gently swirled in melted butter.

Dr. Michael Riordan, superintendent/principal of and Rotary master corn roaster, said there almost wasn’t a corn booth this year because of the drought. Didier Farms hustled up just enough ears for Fall On the Green.

Riordan and fellow Rotarian Dennis Evashenk demonstrated their master corn roasting technique for Patch.

Watch the video of two Rotary master corn roasters at work.

The Rotary Corn Booth is conveniently located next to the food booth, which was selling a wicked pulled pork sandwich slathered with barbecue sauce and covered in deep fried onions and coleslaw.

The rain held off until after Saturday night’s fireworks show following Journey tribute band Infinity’s concert. The 'work's were shot off from the old Beatty Lumber Yard at 52nd Avenue and 96th Street, sending the neighborhood's possum population running for their lives.

There is one more day left to enjoy Fall On the Green. So stop commenting on Oak Lawn Patch and get down to the Village Green. The fest runs from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today (Sunday). Admission, rides and entertainment are free, but you have to pay for the games (which are offering family deals), food and beer.

P.S. There are plenty of big screen TVs to watch the Sox and Bears.

Sunday’s band lineup:

  • Identity Crisis noon-2 p.m. Beer Garden (Rock Covers)
  • The Dancing Noodles 2-4:30 p.m. Main Stage (Rock & Soul)
  • Slippery When Wet 4:30-7 p.m. Beer Garden (Bon Jovi Tribute)
  • Tramps Like Us 7-9:30 p.m. Main Stage (Springsteen Tribute)

Pat F September 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
As always a good family outing..Good music and things for the kids to do not just the adults..Beer was reasonable but a lot of the food prices were outrageous. Can't see how anyone could justify a combo(sausage&beef) sandwich costing $12 or a single slice of Pizza $4.. Making a buck is one thing but robbing the locals is uncalled for.. I'm thinking maybe next year they should check the vendors prices a little closer and have them post the prices where you can see them before you're paying! All in all, this is a great outing for all and my kids come back with their kids to enjoy!!
MM September 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I'll bet they charged more because admission, rides and entertainment were free. Don't they have to share the profits with Oak Lawn?
Gary September 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Hey Pat, $4. for a generous slice of pizza may seem high for you, but some of us who don't like Dominos or Little Ceasars, it was great pizza!
OakLawnGuy September 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I agree. You have to pay more for mass produced frozen dough Sbarro's, for example.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) September 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I was disappointed that there wasn't a polka band this year.


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