CRETE | Crete Park District is celebrating the huge success of this year's Crete Park-A-Palooza.
"The event ran unbelievably smooth because we had an excellent showing of volunteers this year," said Assistant Director Therese Hale.
Crete Park District held Crete Park-A-Palooza on Sept. 7. It is the goal of Crete Park District to provide an event that is affordable for everyone and help the local businesses along the way.
The Taste of Crete featured several local restaurants selling their food in small, affordable serving sizes, perfect for kids or for a little taste of each item. Free hay rides sponsored by Gaines Farm and Touch-A-Truck were also part of the festival.
This year's Touch-A-Truck featured a cement truck from Ozinga, the big red tow truck from TMW Towing, a pay loader and bulldozer from Witvoet, a helicopter from Lifestar 1, a front end loader and dump truck from Crete Township, a canoe from Independence Physical Therapy, and a 25-foot American Power racing boat from Wolfe Engines.
Crete Fire Department brought the engine, an ambulance and also did demonstrations for the kids teaching them what firemen look like when they walk in a fire. They also did gear races and talked to kids about the ambulance and fire gear. This year Sgt. Heather Peorio, from the Illinois State Police CSI unit, brought in the roll over simulator, drunk goggles and taught kids about finger printing. Crete Police Department had a booth to teach parents about co-sleeping and Crete ESDA let the kids climb on the three-wheeler and take pictures.
The newest equipment this year was a bright red railcar mover, brought out by Lawrence Ricci Industrial Equipment. Children and adults learn something new each year while climbing into all these pieces of equipment.
Crete Park District rented the Rocky Mountain Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Fun Derby Horse Races, Boom Blaster, and the Big Blue Chair. Several community organizations gave away free treats to the children, too. The "Near Beer Band" performed throughout the day and the Crete Lions Club ran the beer garden.
This one-day festival was organized to give back to the families that support the Crete Park District all year long and promote family play because Crete Park District believes that families that play together, stay together.