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The sun shone over downtown Oswego on Saturday afternoon, July 27, as music filled the streets at the summer’s first Beats & Eats music and food festival.
Up-and-coming music acts performed on a stage near the Oswego Public Library at Jefferson Street at Main Street, which were blocked off to traffic to allow for food truck vendors and local businesses to set up shop along the stretch of street.
“We’ve never really been open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. before, so it was nice to see people down here, to see the first band. The vendors, I think were happy because they got to start making some revenue early, so for everybody, it seems to have worked out,” Beats & Eats organizer and founder Macey Brooks said.
Visitors had the chance to wander through an assortment of local food vendors and food trucks, listen to the bands on stage, or visit the stores along Main Street.
Carol Stream resident Chloe Baldeo, and Gavin Davis of Oswego visited the downtown event, after spending the day at a water park.
“I’m very glad we came here,” Davis said.
“It’s really good, I like the size; it’s not too big, but it’s big enough,” Baldeo added.
“Just enough to enjoy it, and feel the ‘small town feel’ and a sense of community,” Davis said.
The final Beats & Eats of the summer will be from 2 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, on Main Street in downtown Oswego. Brooks hinted at several surprises for visitors, in addition to returning food vendors, and more musical entertainment.
“I don’t want to spoil the surprise,” Brooks said.