Sunday, January 30, 2000

Fairfield fest back for fall

Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — After a year off, Indian Summer Days will return this fall in a new location, with fewer days and a renewed focus on families and older adults.

        The festival is scheduled for Sept. 23-24 in Harbin Park. The Friday night operation has been eliminated, and planners say the new event will feature activities for families, teens and older adults.

        “It's hard to please everybody, but my goal in putting this festival on is to make something everybody can be proud of,” said Sue Nitz, festival chairman. “I think that it's important for it to change.”

        The festival was postponed in 1999 so organizers could institute changes. The biggest are the location and an effort to incorporate more events for families and senior citizens. In the past, teens were the primary attendees.

        By moving the festival from Central Elementary School to Harbin Park, organizers say they can create a more orga nized event, and include such new things as Bingo, square dancing and kiddie games, Mrs. Nitz said. Most of the food will be catered this year, which is expected to improve the quality.

        Activities could include kiddie rides, a petting zoo, sporting tournaments and concerts.

        Moving the festival to Harbin will allow planners to add the new amenities and separate them on the grounds, Mrs. Nitz said. To alleviate parking concerns in the neighborhood near the park, shuttle buses will run from various Fairfield venues to the festival, she said.

        “I think that having (the festival) at Harbin Park is a wonderful opportunity,” Mrs. Nitz said. “I don't think that it changed. They did the same thing every time and it just got old to people and they quit coming. I don't think that it grew with Fairfield.”

        “I think the attraction for the people in town left a long time ago,” Councilman Mark Scharringhausen said. “I don't know if anybody even missed Indian Summer Days last year.”


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