Forest Park’s Summer Fest has been canceled for 2013, the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce said Friday.
A press release said the Chamber would take a year off to “work on retooling the event to create a more family-friendly experience that includes increased exposure for our merchants.”
For two years, the free evening festival has been troubled by groups of unruly teenagers, who have disturbed the crowds, according to police. The first day of the festival in 2012, groups of teenage boys with backpacks ran through the crowds in a dangerous way, causing the Forest Park police to summon help from neighboring police departments. Six teens were given local ordinance tickets by Forest Park police.
In 2011, police tasered an Oak Park teenager on the night of June 4 after what was described as a “scuffle” in the 400 block of Ferdinand, involving a crowd of up to 100 persons. The boy was allegedly shouting obscenities. He and an 18-year-old were charged with mob action.
“We are always looking at ways to tweak events as well as ideas for something new,” said Chamber Executive Director Laurie Kokenes.