Little River Band Expected to Draw Record Crowd at Olivette on the Go Festival This Weekend

The carnival is set up and the stage and tents are going up at Stacy Park in preparation for the festival this weekend.

Record crowds are expected this weekend at Stacy Park in Olivette and It’s not a wonder why. Little River Band will perform hit songs such as Cool Change, Lady, and Take It Easy on Me. Come be a Face in the Crowd this weekend at the newly revamped three day festival, Olivette on the Go.

“We have some really super draws in terms of entertainment, a new carnival operator, an expanded food court, and a lot of events going on during the day including more performing arts activities, so we hope to have an excellent event this weekend,” said Mike McDowell, City Manager of Olivette.

Formerly a summer event, this long-standing festival was renamed and moved from summer to fall to coincide with school events such as Ladue High School Homecoming.

The Olivette on the Go festival will open Friday, September 30 at 3 p.m. with carnival rides. The Steve Ewing Band will perform on the main stage at 7 p.m. Steve Ewing is from the band the Urge. A bonfire will light up the night sky during intermission. Bring the kids to meet Fredbird or take a dance lesson from Casa Loma Ballroom instructors between 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, the festival will open with carnival rides at 12 p.m. and the purchase of a wristband will give purchasers unlimited rides from 2-6 p.m. Family activities will run all day which includes a chili cook-off, noodle eating contest, walk up karaoke and some of the best blues music this side of the Mississippi. The Soulard Blues Band, Johnny Rawls and Billy Peek will perform beginning at 5 p.m. The chili cook-off tasting is from 12-3 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase at the event.

Sunday October 2, fitness buffs can run in the 5 K which starts at 8 a.m. or the family can participate in the shorter fun run at 9:30 a.m. Carnival rides will be open from 1-5 p.m. Performances by Dave Simon’s School of Rock will highlight some of it’s most talented students and Kidzrock will also perform. And finally, the Little River Band will close the festival with “cool” sounds that will leave you Reminiscing long after the music fades. Troy Clark will open for LRB at 6 p.m. and Little River Band will take the stage at 7:15 p.m.

Jeff Wade, Director of Parks and Recreation talked about how the event is coming together. “Everything is ready to go. It is just a lot of set up work at this point,” said Wade.

Free admission to the festival includes all weekend activities and concerts but does not include carnival rides or entrance to the chili cook-off tasting. The expanded beer and wine garden will be open throughout the festival with a variety of ales and wine for purchase. Area restaurants will offer local flavors from Thai to Mexican to Italian to Southern BBQ to American Bistro which is also available for purchase. These delicious delights are not your typical carnival snacks, this is real restaurant food.

Event rules:

  • Visitor parking will not be permitted at Stacy Park.
  • Parking will be available for attendees on Monsanto campus. Enter that campus on Olive Blvd.
  • Event volunteers will direct traffic to park at Monsanto.
  • Shuttle buses will run between Monsanto and the event at Stacy Park.
  • Coolers and outside food are not permitted on the grounds.
  • People are welcome, but pets are not permitted to this event.

For more information and a complete event schedule, visit http://www.olivetteonthego.com.

James Baer (Editor) September 29, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Wise Olivette city planners took SummerFest out of the heat in June; rebranded the event "Olivette on the Go", threw in all kinds of goodies like Little River Band, a visit from the Magic House; a street race and my guess is--this is going to be a monumental success. The weather Gods have lined up on the side of Olivette this time.
Rhonda Weiche September 30, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I agree Jim! I will be there Saturday evening and possibly Sunday evening.


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