by Mike Slodki
It’s said variety is the spice of life.
If that’s the case, it should be plenty spicy when it comes to the Elburn Days Community Stage for the 82nd annual Elburn Days event.
The Community Stage provides an alternative to the Main Stage, which features Chicagoland musical acts and festival staples.
On Friday, Aug. 19, the community area gets a visit from Ronald McDonald at 7:30 p.m.
Under the lights, A Factor Dance Company then performs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The hoopla continues on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m., when an all-ages hula hoop contest hits the stage, with winners receiving a gift certificate to Alice’s Ice Cream in downtown Elburn.
At 1:45 p.m., the “Elburn Idol” finalist competition gets underway with winners chosen.
Empower Dance Company holds its mini dancer solo showcase at 2:30 p.m., and more dancing follows at 3:15 p.m. with the Pretty In Pink Dance Exhibition. M&M Dance’s Miss Maggie is also holding a free dance class for preschoolers at the stage, as well.
The “Elburn Idol” Youth division winner sings on the Main Stage at 4 p.m., opening for band Chasing The Day.
M&M Dance Studio performs at 4:15 p.m.
The stars collide from 7 to 10 p.m. as area bands from Kaneland, Geneva and St. Charles High Schools show off their musical prowess for the Battle of the Bands showcase.
Meanwhile, at 7:30 p.m., the 2011 ‘Elburn Idol” Teen division winner opens for Hi Infidelity in the Main Stage.
The Community Stage’s final tour of duty is Sunday, and begins with Dakota and Steph’s Hip Hop Class, open to ages 8 and older, from 1 to 2 p.m.
At 2:15 p.m., the third annual Ice Cream Eating Contest, sponsored by Colonial Ice Cream, begins. Four age divisions are set, and prizes include first, second and third place. All participants receive a certificate.
At 3 p.m., the “Elburn Idol” Teen runner-up sings on the Main Stage for He Said She Said.
A dance tripleheader follows, with The Beth Fowler Dance Studio beginning at 3:15 p.m., M & M Dance Studio at 4:15 p.m. and ZUMBA, with Maria rocking the stage at 5:15 p.m.
The fun brought by the Community stage ends for another year with the “Elburn Idol” adult division winner opening for 7th Heaven on the Main Stage.