PrairieFest is proud to be The Festival You Know By Heart. Heart is actually what is shown day in and day out at the community festival. Guests can be a part of the families with special needs carnival, dog rescue adoptions, blood drives, as well as many fundraisers for everything from Special Olympics to scholarships.
With the support of the American Heart Association and the Community Foundation, the Oswegoland Park District and PrairieFest have committed to a multi-year initiative aptly called Hero Training: Be Someone’s Heart Throb. The festival’s goal is to increase the bystander rate of CPR through drop in training.
The American Heart Association reports that almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Be Someone’s Heart Throb training sessions take place throughout the weekend in the PrairieFest Event Tent over PrairieFest 2021.
Vest said, “With Hero Training, PrairieFest is a model in Northern Illinois of festivals who take on both celebration and significance. CPR training and awareness will have a prevailing affect in Oswego and our surrounding communities. But that is the big picture; the small picture is one life. Our efforts have the real ability to reach out far enough to save one life. For those of us who love the lives saved, the small picture is quite big.”
To date, 350 people have been trained onsite at PrairieFest. These trainings are led by Oswegoland Park District staff and the Oswego Fire Protection District team free of any charge.