Plainfield OKs another year for craft beer festival
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent January 9, 2013 10:04AM
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:21AM
The village of Plainfield is raising its glass to a festival popular with craft beer enthusiasts.
The Plainfield Village Board last week approved the use of village-owned property west of the DuPage River and south of Lockport Street for the 2013 Midwest Brewers Fest on Aug. 24.
Planner Jonathan Proulx, who also is the treasurer of the Midwest Brewers Fest Board, said the 2012 event benefited the village of Plainfield.
“The event raised $25,000, which was donated to the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation,” he said. “The event attracted approximately 3,000 spectators, volunteers and brewers to Plainfield from across the Midwest, which provided great exposure for the village of Plainfield.”
Proulx also said, “Local restaurants reported a big boost in business from festival patrons who stayed in the area after the event. The benefits were achieved without requiring road closures or other impacts to the Plainfield community”
He noted any costs incurred by the village for municipal services to support the event, such as police, were reimbursed from event proceeds.
For the village, last year’s event proved to be a much smoother operation than the inaugural festival, which was marred by delays in insurance and permit submittals. Far worse, the event posted a net profit of less than $200.
The current fest board did not organize the inaugural event.