Letter: Profound sadness for our community
To the Editor:
My heart is heavy since I read articles in the newspaper about the Corn Fest switching weekends and having the event Labor Day weekend.
You looked to the northwest and found out Rockford was not going to have their event. Did you look to the east? If you would have, you would have known that Maple Park has had Maple Park Fun Fest on Labor Day weekend since 1999.
My husband, Roger Kahl was the organizer and I thought up the name. The committee of highly dedicated people, though small in number, work all year round on the “Fest,” raising funds for the parade, the entertainment on the sound stage, and the greatest fireworks show our licensed “Top Gun Crew” can give everyone.
Our fest has always been Labor Day weekend because for 50-plus years men’s slow-pitch softball games have been here then.
Every year the DeKalb Daily Chronicle does a great spread the week prior to our event. My husband was interviewed on WLBK-AM radio for years. Our Fun Fest has been a fundraiser for the American Legion, the Lions, our churches, and other organizations. The funds they raise mean this is the only fundraiser some need to do for the year.
Again, it is so sad to know you took away our weekend. Didn’t anyone on your committees ever come to Maple Park on Labor Day weekend? Do you even read the newspapers to know that the world does not revolve around DeKalb? By the way, no one bothered to contact us to see if we had any events Labor Day weekend.
Our community cannot believe this happened. Profound sadness has set in.