High notes, big crowds at Lake County Fair
BY MICHELLE L. QUINN Post-Tribune correspondent August 3, 2014 10:28PM
The popularity of the Lake County Fair is reflected via the overflow parking. | Michelle L. Quinn/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 5, 2014 6:24AM
CROWN POINT — The Lake County Fair was in full swing Sunday evening, as evidenced by the packed parking areas.
Cars circled around and around waiting for the coveted front-row, free-of-charge parking around its perimeter for its ease of coming and going. If those spaces weren’t available, some took advantage of neighbors across from the grounds, who offered premium parking for $10 as opposed to the grounds parking, which was $4.
Some, like Cassandra Champion, a former Munster native who now lives in Maryland, saw there was no parking out front of the grounds, so she and her sons, Isaiah and Elijiah Machuca, opted for another route.
“We went to the high school and took the shuttle,” Champion said.
Champion, in town to visit family, said they’ve never been to anything quite like the Lake County Fair. Isaiah, her oldest, had been to an art fair before, but that certainly didn’t have things like deep-fried Pop Tarts, the latest in a long line of deep-fried confections offered by vendors.
And the kids enjoyed hanging with their cousins, the Matthiases, of Crown Point — Luke, Ann and Adaire — deciding which rides they were going to try.
Everyone else was ready, but Luke wasn’t so sure.
“I’ll go on them, but I really don’t trust something that’s been put up in a day,” he said.
Adaire, however, was ready to go on all things spinning. Like Luke, Cammille Matthias, their mom, wasn’t looking forward to the prospect.
“I tried to take pictures of them on the Ferris wheel once, and I had to give the camera to someone else because depth perception is not my thing,” Matthias said.
The one thing the whole family agreed upon was watching big brother and cousin, John Andrew Freyek, also of Crown Point, kick it live with him and cousin, Jackson Spanburg, during the Fair’s Battle of the Bands. Their band, Infinity Pool, plays a mixture of hard rock with a little metal thrown in for good measure.
“There was nothing but energy, man,” John said. “It was definitely one of the best crowds we’ve played for.”