Five days of Buffalo Grove Days festivities came to an end Monday. Since then, the village’s festival has remained on community members’ minds, as evidenced by the photos they’ve shared on this site, continued interest in event coverage and shouts out on social media to the volunteers who made the whole thing possible.
- Complete event coverage: Buffalo Grove Days 2012
Some have told me that it’s the carnival they enjoy the most, while others say it’s the musical entertainment, which this year included performances by Casey Abrams, Jamie Lono and Little River Band, along with shows by more local musicians.
Many have shared with me that their favorite part of the event is the private party for people with disabilities, who have the chance to attend the carnival on Labor Day before it opens to the general public. Those guests continued to display smiles long after they crossed Lake-Cook Road to enjoy food and more entertainment after their carnival ended.
Then, of course, there are all the other aspects of Buffalo Grove Days — the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club’s Bingo game, pancake breakfast and duck race; the Buffalo Grove Stampede; the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce’s beer tent; the BBQ Challenge; the parade; the craft fair; the assorted local restaurants that provide food; the clowns, stilt-walkers and balloon artists that entertain the youngest fest-goers, and the celebrity impersonators that amuse the older ones — that make this annual celebration complete.
What was your favorite part of this year’s event? What have you enjoyed most in the past? Share your memories with us here.
And remember, Buffalo Grove Days would not be possible without — our neighbors — who work for months to plan the event and cheerfully remain on the festival grounds morning, noon and night to ensure its smooth execution.
Volunteering can be a thankless job, and it’s easy to overlook the people working tirelessly behind the scenes just so the rest of us can have a weekend of fun. Let’s show Buffalo Grove’s volunteers how much we appreciate their efforts with a little public praise in the comment section below.