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.
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.
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)