For some reason, actually finishing a blog this week has been tough. I have started THREE different ones, stopped them and didn’t save them. Each time I would get half way through and decided to delete them. Maybe because I didn’t feel like they were worthy of our website or maybe it was because I just got lazy. So, this will one will have to do.

A few days ago, I started looking at pictures from our Walla-Pa-Looza event in 2009. A friend of mine, Paul Anest had taken pictures each year, put them on CD’s and gave them to me. As I looked at the photo’s I started to think about all the people that shared my vision of putting together a festival to celebrate doing the right thing. Five years later a few of the folks have moved on. Maybe because they had other obligations or just didn’t have time to volunteer. Either way, they need to realize that they made an important decision at one point and that was to help others. No one forced them and they should be proud to be part of an ongoing tradition here in Johnsburg, Illinois.

That last sentence is an interesting one. Tradition is the word though that sticks out. This being our fifth year putting together this event, you would think we were a household name. Um, wrong. I walk into local businesses asking to hang posters every year and people look at me and ask – “What is Walla-Pa-Looza?” Well, since we cannot become Christmas, Thanksgiving – or even Boxer Day, we will continue to market the crap out of our event. Maybe we can become a household name like McHenry Fiesta Days or Saufen Und Spiel.

So, since we are not a “Tradition” yet, here is the information: Saturday, July 27th, 2013 Our organization, Walla-Pa-Looza: Rasin’ Cash for Cancer is putting on Walla-Pa-Looza 5. For $5.00 you can see bands like Days Of Mayhem, The Partyhardigans, American English, Friction and The Modern Day Romeos. Not to mention, a beer garden, and other items…… Here is a listing for all the bands throughout the day:

- Days of Mayhem – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
- The Partyhardigans – 2:30pm to 4:00pm
- American English – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
- Friction – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
- Modern Day Romeos – 9:00pm to Close


So, there you have it! Make Walla-Pa-Looza a family tradition, something you can plan your vacation around. My family has, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

See you on at the Johnsburg Community Club.