An online survey conducted by Survey Monkey through the Oak Lawn Leaf found that a majority of the residents did not enjoy the annual Fall on the Green Festival as much as prior years even though the annual festival receives high grades compared to most of the fests in the southwest suburban area.
A question asking, “Did you think Fall on the Green was as good as previous years?”, received a strong response from readers. 38.75% of the respondents said that the fest was not as good as previous years and cited the fact that there was less rides for pre-teens and teens. It is a response that was echoed repeatedly on Facebook sites with parents complaining throughout the fest that began on Friday the 11th and ended on Sunday, September 13th.
An additional 21.25% of the respondents agreed that the festival was not as good as previous years’ fests but said the reason for the difference is that the “bands were not as good”. 7.5% did not think the fest was as good because “I didn’t get in the VIP tent”, while 2.5% claimed that the food choices outside the VIP tent were “limited”. Despite the negative results, 25% of the respondents said the fest was as good as previous years and chose the option “I didn’t notice a difference”.
Our readers also sent comments or commented on Facebook regarding the survey questions. Donald, who did not provide a last name, said, “I would have liked to have chosen more than one answer for most of the questions. All of the fests in our area were better than Oak Lawns. We need the carnival area back and more things for teen-agers to do, There should be a teen stage featuring bands/groups that play current music, I really missed the petting zoo-hay wagon ride-pony rides, better bands and more of them on the main stage so kids can enjoy them, get rid of the VIP tent (You would think that politicians would want to mingle with the citizens to be more in touch with the village), VIP’s should buy their own food and drinks to help support local businesses, we need new food vendors (Coopers Hawk with wine and food would have been awesome), I saw a dozen unsafe practices from the food vendors under the tent that need to stop (Village officials should have fire safety inspectors approve of set-up and practices), first aid tent should be next to information booth and all workers and volunteers should have the ability to call for emergency medical services from the EMS personnel on the grounds, huge stinky dirty trash dumpsters should not be located in the middle of the main entrance to the fest, no one under 21 should be allowed inside the beer tent. The blow-up bounce houses were great for kids 7 and under, the bands were good for those past middle age, the junk food was good as always.”
Cesar Vazquez wrote on our Facebook page, “It should be a family event. There was nothing for our kids to do but walk in circles. The police chased my son out of the gazebo where he and his friends were just hanging out. Then they chased them off the sidewalk on 95th street. Said they were blocking the sidewalk. Give them something to do. Bring back the rides.”
Julie Vicik also commented on Facebook, stating, “It was not good….I was there Friday night and Sunday evening. I liked the bands. But there was nothing for anyone between the ages of 10 – 21. And get rid of the VIP tent! I had noticed on my water bill that the “rides are free”, too bad there weren’t any rides. This was a drunken fest this year. Very very disappointed!!!”
Bill Casper on the other hand commented positively on Facebook stating, “I love that it’s geared towards adults. Although I wish they served Miller instead of headache inducing Budweiser.”
Not all of the responses were aimed at the questions about Fall on the Green. Dan Lepescu took aim at the survey questions, writing on Facebook, “Yeah but when you run the story in a few days about “Survey indicates residents demand changes to fall on the green” your source (the survey) is as biased as Donald Trump. How to do a survey:
Do you like pickles:
How you did the survey:
Do you think pickles suck?
I think pickles are terrible
There aren’t enough pickles for my kids
I really like pickles
Pickles are responsible for the increase in burglaries in oak lawn
Based on our survey 75% of people hate pickles.”
We promised Dan Lepescu that when pickles become a subject of discussion on Facebook, we will do a survey. The survey was conducted through Survey Monkey, an online survey company. Respondents were asked five questions. Any respondent stating that they did not attend this year’s fest was not counted for any of the other responses in order to receive fair answers to the remaining questions. In total, 1006 responses were received after eliminating the responses from people that did not attend the fest.
The survey is not scientific in that it does not capture the exact demographics of the residents of Oak Lawn. Respondents were only able to access the survey once from the same computer.
(Editor’s note: There were other comments made on our original story on Facebook. We have not used all the comments for this story).