Voice of the People
I read today that
the Oz Fest will cease to continue in 2009. The main reason cited was the
economic concerns. Funny - people had no problem spending their money on
In my opinion the reason the
festival has failed is because it was taken out of Chesterton.
How can the fairgrounds
compare to the hometown atmosphere of downtown Chesterton? The booths lining
Calumet, Broadway and the side streets where a plethora of goods and crafts
could be found mingling with the wonderful smell of elephant ears, sausages,
and corn on the cob.
Nothing could compare to the
best parade around winding through the tree lined streets of small town
America. And what about the downtown businesses which profited from the
festival - so much for supporting the town merchants.
I have many wonderful
memories of the Oz Festival over the past 20 years I have lived here.
What I will remember the
most are the people, how everyone enjoyed themselves walking around visiting
the booths, having pictures taken in front of the Gazebo, and sampling the
pies at The Auntie Emís pie baking contest.
Just another example of what
can happen when poor decisions are made; now everyone loses.