St. Charlesâ€”The 28th Annual St. Charles Pride of the Fox RiverFest will be held Friday through Sunday, June 11-13.
This yearâ€™s event retains many popular components of the festival, including Dragon Boat Racing, the Harris Bank Main Stage concert series and the famous Municipal Center Sand Sculptures. New events include upgraded Corvette and My Other Car Shows, a new downtown location on the â€œPlaza Greenâ€ next to the Fox River for the popular Canine Agility Trials and Pet Boutique, and a lineup of more than 200 crafters and vendors throughout town to provide residents a roaming shopping experience to compliment the reconstructed downtown.
â€œThere will hardly be a spot in downtown where somethingâ€™s not taking place,â€ said festival organizer Julie Farris, who also organizes the popular Sisterâ€™s Fest in St. Charles.
Pottawatomie Park events
River-focused events return to Pottawatomie Park this year, with Dragon Boat Racing teams competing for glory and prizes in brightly colored Chinese Dragon Boats holding 18 paddlers, one drummer and a steersman.
Between racing sessions, fans will be treated to professional water ski shows presented by the Wonder Lake Ski Team. Citizens interested in entering the Dragon Boat Races or sponsoring a team can find a downloadable entry form at www.prideofthefox.com.
Lincoln Park gazebo
Family entertainment, contests and other performances will be held at the Lincoln Park Gazebo on the west side of downtown. A special display of modern robotics hosted by a team from St Charles North High school will be included in the Lincoln Park festivities.
The popular and entertaining Canine Agility Trials feature highly trained dogs in obstacle course and timed events to thrill and amaze people at the intelligence and energy of the dogs. The event includes demonstrations of dog obedience and agility held on the Plaza Green riverfront south of the Main Street Bridge and east of the main parking deck. A Pet Boutique will also be offered on site for people interested in the newest goods, toys and services for pets.
A family carnival will be provided by Windy City Amusements one block north of Route 64 on Route 31. A RiverFest Carnival will be held north of Main Street in the parking lot next to Route 31. This yearâ€™s carnival will focus on family rides and games. The festival will be offering special ticket prices on its website so that young and old alike can enjoy new-fashioned summer fun.
Harris Bank Mainstage
The Harris Bank Mainstage will feature a lineup of premiere regional and local musical acts and a Battle of the High School Bands. Headliners include 7th Heaven, Hi-Infidelity, The Fold and ARRA.
More than 200 commercial and arts and craft vendors will be present at the Pride of the Fox River Festival. The Crafts Fair will be held in Pottawatomie Park, while leading food and commercial goods vendors will be distributed throughout downtown St. Charles.
Corvette, car shows
Saturday and Sunday will feature two different car shows. The Saturday show in Pottawatomie Park features Corvettes while the Sunday show features classic and restored vehicles.
A rugby tournament will be held contiguous to the dates of Pride of the Fox RiverFest at Thompson Middle School.
For additional information, contact event marketing director Christopher Cudworth at (630) 621-8520 or event organizer Julie Farris at (630) 809-7901, or visit www.prideofthefox.com.