More than 2,000 people turned out at well-baked Scoville Park Sunday for Wednesday Journal's 25th Anniversary Block Party. When they weren't bouncing down the giant slide or cooling off on the super-sized slip-and-slide, guests were dunking their favorite Journal reporters and columnists in the dunk tank or scarfing down 1,000 free Tasty Dog hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones and chips.
"It was a great, fun, hot day," said Journal Publisher Dan Haley. "There wasn't any purpose to it other than saying thanks to all the people who have supported us over the years. And we offer our thanks to all of our staff who turned out to volunteer and to the park district which was such a great partner in mounting this big event."
What's next? How about 'Blues Brothers' at the Lake!
The next party for the Journal's 25th will be a special benefit showing of the Chicago classic "The Blues Brothers." In partnership with the Lake Theatre and Downtown Oak Park, the Journal will host the special show on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Proceeds from the $2.50 admission will go to Hephzibah Children's Association.
Details will follow in ads starting in next week's paper.