The RagTag Daily Prompt for today is: Fair. A perfect word for this week with the end of summer looming. Labor Day is upon us and small towns all over the US will celebrate with festivals and fairs.
In little Frankfort, Illinois the fair is the annual Fall Festival sponsored by the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Frankfort, and many other organizations throughout the village. This festival, in it’s 50th year, completely takes over the streets of the historic district, shutting down any vehicle traffic and only allowing foot traffic. The local Boy Scout have a parking concession on the edge of town and bus folks into the historic district. Many churches and other organizations have concessions selling everything from lemon shake-ups to sausage sandwiches. Live entertainment changes hourly on the main stage and the Fire Department hosts a carnival.
But, the thing that brings tens of thousands of people into this little town over the Labor Day Weekend is the hundreds of arts and crafts booths lining the streets. Tent after tent of juried artists and crafters work diligently all year to bring their best work to sell at the Frankfort Fall Festival and provide some of the most uniquely amazing items for you, for gifts and for your home.
One part of this fair that I have always admired is the spirit of community that permeates every portion of this event. It starts with the Chamber of Commerce committees of volunteers that devote so much of their time and efforts to make certain this year is the best year ever. And these same volunteers dedicate their hard work every year, year after year, never tiring, never complaining; just happily going about the business of making Fall Fest a success for everyone.
So, if you find yourself in the Frankfort, Illinois area this coming weekend, make plans to attend the 50th Annual Fall Festival. You’ll be glad you did.
What fair will you attend this last weekend of summer?