|Reviewed by: topcat240   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 09/30/05
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Clearly Visible, huge festival on Randall Rd.
Wait Entertainment: Not a haunt, nothing but entertainment.
Length of Event: As long as you stayed.
Actor Performance: German performers were great.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: N/A
Appropriate Ages: All
Props / Special FX: N/A
Costumes / Make-up: Great.
Summary: The Fox Valley Oktoberfest is a collaboration of the Fox Valley German-American National Congress and the South Elgin Chamber of Commerce. Originally established as a Bavarian State Festival to revive the Munich sport of Heavy Horse racing in 1810, it now is a celebration of the end of the growing season and a festival of beer. While this has nothing to do with haunts it is in the review section so I thought I would share my thoughts.
Held next to the Meijer store on Randall Road in Elgin (which is funny because it is brought to us by the South Elgin Chamber of Commerce). The festival included all thinks German. It offered authentic German food, beers, dance, gifts, and anything else German. There was also a large carnival with rides and a midway of games. There were food vendors ranging from Authentic German vendors to local restaurants serving traditional American fare. There was entertainment everywhere ranging from German dance (with dancers in authentic German attire), German folk music, and a lot more. The event had ample free parking and several large tents so that festival patrons could enjoy the festivities regardless of the weather.
Overall events like these, especially FREE ones, are a blast and help bring all sorts of communities together. It also gives people a great opportunity to explore and learn about other cultures, especially ones that they may not be really familiar with.