Home Town Fest a showcase for Round Lake community
By Judy Masterson email@example.com September 21, 2013 8:19PM
Five-year-old Dayne Jackson shows off his spider face paint at the Round Lake Home Town Fest that was held last Saturday. | JUDY MASTERSON~SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: November 22, 2013 3:25AM
Round Lake held its annual Home Town Fest last Saturday under cool, cloudy skies, as residents strolled past food booths, worked up their courage to try and scale a rock-climbing wall, and relaxed on hay bales to watch a puppet show.
The weather couldn’t have been more different from last year’s event, held a full month earlier in August, and recalled by one resident as “sweltering.”
Dayne Jackson, 5, son of Round Lake Trustee Dawn Simoncelli, stood atop a hay bale and listened to a lesson on safety from puppets in a show sponsored by the Round Lake Police Department. Dayne’s hair was cut like a spider-web and his face was painted with a black spider, compliments of volunteer artists from Abundant Life Church in Round Lake Beach.
“Round Lake is a great town and this is a great event,” said Simoncelli as puppet Officer Ollie warned from the stage, “Lock up your bike or you’ll be taking a hike.”
“It gives us the opportunity to showcase our local businesses and for people to experience what our town has to offer and get that warm fuzzy feeling and sense of pride in our community,” Simoncelli said.
Bill McCarte of Round Lake and his two children, Kyla, 7 and Colton, 4, walked hand-in-hand through the festival grounds.
“We’ll try to win some prizes, maybe go rock climbing — we’re just trying to give mommy a break,” McCarte said, as Kyla piped up, “She’s cleaning the house!”
Held downtown at Oak Savannah — located at Goodnow and Avilon, just west of Cedar Lake Road on Route 134 — the festival also included a taco-eating contest, pie-baking contest, a visit from a town fire truck, car and craft shows, a beer tent and Bingo sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church.