The crisp air, the start of the foliage, and to top it all off, Geneva's Annual . Indeed, autumn is certainly upon us.
Hundreds of people from all across the Kane County area came to our little town's annual harvest celebration. This festival started out as a literal festival of the vine, celebrating anything that grew on a vine. However, as years went on, the festival eventually evolved into a celebration of practically everything Geneva had to offer during the fall season, including wine, dining, live music, small shops and fine art.
Not only does the festival bring countless people to Geneva but also helps fledgling businesses advertise their assorted items, including many small shops recently rented out in the Geneva area.
Not only do the town’s businesses come out to greet people, but many other activities are set up all across town, including art shows, a complimentary trolley and even festive, fall horse-drawn carriage rides.
Although many businesses profit from the annual festival, most of the staff of these establishments will agree that the best part of the autumn celebration doesn't come from the fine dining and wine tasting.
"My favorite part of Geneva during the festival would probably be all the people walking by on the streets!" said Mary Garcia of Kevin Haddle's Maxillofacial Aesthetic.
"Oh yes, definitely!" agreed companion Tracy Krueger, "Getting to work out here on the streets during the festival introduces you to all of these nice people!"
Indeed, the festival brings out Geneva's good side. The people who come out to this festival not only get to sample the great food and wine, but also experience that classic smalltown vibe many Americans strive to find.
"The people of this town really make you feel like you're in a great city," said Dan Yotz, the owner of the Sound Sculptor Recording Studio. "It's just a nice community to live in—it definitely has that smalltown feeling but has accessibility to a lot of different resources."
The town of Geneva has definitely churned out some of the best smalltown tourism in the state of Illinois. Every fall, Geneva promises to allow people to experience everything the small town has to offer in the Festival of the Vine—and if that promise holds up, who would want to live anywhere else?