The other day I blogged about the Guardian Angels Fall Festival which started last night (Friday 10/10). Tonight I stopped by to check it out and get a few photos to put up. I had a chance to talk to Darlene Szczeblewski, the co-chair of the Festival, and she said that it was turning out to be one of the best they have had. She told me that a number of people had worried that the downturn in the economy would affect the Festival, and it did – but not the way they worried it would. It seems that people are turning to simple family-oriented activities, like the Festival. And maybe this is just how it should be.
Every year the Festival features about a dozen or more kids’ games, from ring and bean bag tosses to golf putting and more. The games bring in a small amount of money, but the main goal of these events is to provide some good old fashioned fun for the youngsters – and a few oldsters as well. (Isn’t that a nice change from, say, the so-called Fun Zone at the County Fair, with its bent hoops and over-inflated basketballs.)
Another big draw at the Festival is always the food court. Here you can find a range of noshes from corn dogs and hamburgers to burritos and tacos to lumpia and pansit. Since it was late when I stopped in, the crowds were mostly gone. Unfortunately so was a lot of the food. The biggest disappointment for me was that the Filipino Food Booth was out of everything except a little pansit. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like pansit, but I was looking forward to some lumpia and chicken adobo as well. Well, maybe next time.
Of course, what would a community festival be without the obligatory beer garden for the grown ups? The beer garden at the GA Festival is not just a place to go for a cold brew, but also a refuge from the wild and crazy kids running here and there. And with three TVs carrying the playoffs, what more could you ask for? Word on the street is that the garden was so popular that they were almost out of libations with Sunday left to go. Well, I’m sure they will solve the problem in time.
Oh, yes, let’s not forget about the Festival Dance. As you can see, by the time I arrived the dance was pretty much for the kids. They were having a great time hip-hopping and bopping (do kids today still “bop”?) to the music from today and yesterday.
The Festival runs one more day, starting at 9:00am on Sunday 10/12 and going on to 7:00 when they have the final drawing for the Grand Raffle, with a first prize of $3,000. Take a little time out of your busy day and head on over to the Festival.
Guardian Angels is located at 9310 Dalehurst, between Carlton Hills Blvd. and Fanita Parkway. Click here for directions and more information about the Fall Festival.
The Fall Festival Beer Garden Brew Crew
Festival Food Booths – Good Eats!
The Ever-Popular Filipino Food Booth
More of the Fun Zone
Ye Olde Castle Jumper
Festival Co-Chair Darlene Szczeblewski and Merlin
I just wanted to post a few pictures from Sunday so you can see what the Festival looks like during the day. If I hear anything about big winners from the Raffle I will put their names up.
The craft booths were mostly shut down last night – here they are during the day.
Father Kevin Casey, Associate Pastor at Guardian Angels, proving that Irish priests do play golf – even if not very well.
The very busy Food Court during lunch time – and this doesn’t include the people inside the hall for the BBQ Lunch. And yes, today the Filipino Food Booth had plenty of lumpia.
The big draw for the afternoon was the Charity Auction, with donated items from termite inspections to passes to the Maritime Museum to Chargers items.
If you missed the Fall Festival next year, you’ll just have to wait until October 2009 – or keep an eye out for other festivals around town.