New activities, enhanced fireworks slated this year
by David Maas
KANEVILLEâ€”On the weekend of Aug. 28 and 29, Kaneville once again will host its Kaneville Fest summer celebration.
Although Kaneville Fest has taken place for many years, this is only the second year in its larger format. The event offers activities for the whole family, including volleyball and bags tournaments, various raffles, a craft show, music groups, fireworks and more.
One activity organizers added to the festival is horsedrawn wagon rides offered by Blue Meadow Belgians from noon until dark on Saturday.
Another new event at this yearâ€™s festival will be an historical house tour. The tour will showcase two buildings in Kaneville, as well as old machinery including tractors and steam engines, and it will feature various demonstrations.
A particularly popular event at Kaneville Fest is the fireworks, which organizers expect will be even more spectacular than in the past.
â€œWe worked hard on funding this yearâ€™s fireworks,â€ said Pat Hill, of Hillâ€™s Country Store. â€œWe raised more money for a bigger and better show.â€
Both before and after the fireworks, live music will entertain the crowd. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Chicago-area band Swing Assembly will play, followed by local band Back Country Roads, which also will perform after the fireworks.
Last yearâ€™s Kaneville Fest had a strong turnout, and Hill is excited for another great event.
â€œIâ€™m hoping the Kaneville community, and the surrounding community, will come and have a good time,â€ Hill said. â€œMost of the fest is free, so come out and enjoy yourselves.â€