Lake Elkhorn festival has fun for children and adults

September 23, 1992|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff Writer

The 19th annual Lake Elkhorn Festival is set to bring auctions, entertainment, games for children and for adults Saturday in Owen Brown village.

The festival on the pavilion side of the lake on Broken Land Parkway will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Highlights will include a fishing contest, a pet show, pony rides, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts exhibits, auctions of items donated by local merchants and performances by local dance groups, musicians and a magician.

There is no admission charge to the festival or for the entertainment, but there are nominal fees for games.

The event is "definitely children-oriented," said Ruth Bohse, Owen Brown village manager, who is helping to organize the festival. "The whole idea is for the kids to come and have a good time."

Ms. Bohse, who has attended each festival since its inception in 1974, said the purpose of the event is not to make money, but to build community relations.

The festival brings together people in the community who otherwise wouldn't see each other, said Ed Bouligny, an auctioneer for the event and a 15-year Owen Brown resident.

"I always see people I haven't seen since last year," said Mr. Bouligny, a former village board member. "Our lives just don't cross that much.

"When I moved in, Owen Brown was a lot more a fledgling community with more interaction. As it develops and matures, people go their own way."

The event was moved to the community center after its initial years, but was returned to the lake about a decade ago.

The auctions will take place at noon and 5 p.m. and will benefit Owen Brown's community association.

The "games of chance," in which participants can win money, don't require a license since the proceeds go to a non-profit organization, said Mr. Bouligny, who has run the games.

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