Round Lake BeachFest 2011 ~ Great Weather!

Rain was originally in Saturday’s forecast but Mother Nature cooperated and Round Lake’s BeachFest couldn’t have wished for a better day. There was a little humidity but also a nice breeze and if a person wanted to really cool down they could go inside the Cultural Center and shop at all of the craft tables. Friday featured the Miss Round Lake Area Pageant (which I had already posted a video on Friday) along with food vendors, and several bands playing on the Mainstage, including “Almost Joe”.

Saturday there were crafts, games, great food including a pig roast, a petting zoo, pony rides, plenty of inflatable games, train rides around the lake, fire equipment to view, a hot dog eating contest, a motorcycle show, a demonstration of our local police dog, and great music, from the Bar Stool Soldiers Band and “INFINITY” being featured.

This type of event takes a lot of planning and manpower from the beginning stages until the last piece of trash is picked up so let’s all give those involved a BIG hand for a job well done!

For those of you who missed “Almost Joe” on the Mainstage Friday night or can’t get enough of them, you can hear almost an hour of their live performance below. ENJOY!

Once again the Round Lake Beach Police Department put on a demonstration at the 2011 RL BeachFest of their K9 dog, Gunnar, who lives with his handler and family, Officer Ken Rydz. The demonstration showed how well trained the dog is and why you don’t stand a chance if you think you can outrun or fail to follow Officer Rydz instructions. K9 Gunnar was born in Germany in 2004 and after training he arrived at the RLBPD in 2005. Gunnar is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, handler protection, and obedience.

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  • Judy Armstrong

    Beachest 2011 was fantastic. Thanks to the whole community for coming out, and thanks to District 116 for a great article! Hope to see everyone at National Night Out in August.

  • Gene Carey


    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. It always means more coming from one of our local officials. You and all of the other Trustees did a bang-up job. I was sitting on the Mainstage retaining wall and after about five sets played by INFINITY I had to leave. Those SIX giant 8′ tall speakers left such a ringing in my ears after I left, it wasn’t until Sunday afternoon before my hearing returned to normal. That’s probably why the firetrucks stopped using their sirens in many parades because people don’t realize how high the decibels are and that they can cause hearing damage.


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