Representatives of member organizations work together each year to make changes that will enhance the experience for festival-goers. This year, there will be a single stage for bands with most food and beverage stands located within a much larger fence perimeter. This will make it easier to eat and drink at the same time while choosing whether to enjoy bands up close or as a background to conversations.
Festival planners have developed a strong safety plan. Those purchasing beer or wine will receive a wristband after presenting a valid ID. The crowd will be monitored to ensure that no one is drinking without a wristband. Police officers and professional security will be on site at night, just as in past years. Exits will be monitored to ensure no one leaves the fenced area with alcohol.
The Festival’s insurer, as well as City of Middleton officials, are fully aware of and receptive to the changes being made. Other area events, such as Waunafest and Brat Fest, follow a similar configuration.
The Festival and its member organizations have enjoyed strong community support over the years, even during last year’s largely virtual event. We know that Middleton area residents and visitors are craving to gather again in person, and we are confident that the community will welcome and enjoy the enhancements being made to this year’s festival. Our band line-up this year is outstanding! The festival’s website, www.goodneighborfestival.com, has all the latest updates.
We invite all area residents and visitors to join us August 27-29 at Firemen’s Park as we gather in the spirit of this year’s festival theme, “All Together Now!”