Here are some details about specific events; For the full timeline, scroll down.
This year, the Elburn Lions Club will raffle off a new 2012 Chevy SS Camaro 400 HP, or $30,000, winner’s choice.
This vehicle is on display at Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn. Tickets for a chance on this vehicle are $20 and are available from local Elburn merchants, Lions Club members or at Elburn Days in the ticket booth at Lions Park while they last.
Get your tickets early, as there are only 3,600 tickets available. Winner will be drawn on the Sunday night of Elburn Days—Aug. 19th, at 8 p.m. The winner need not be present to win, but you must buy a ticket to be eligible. For additional details, a picture of the vehicle or to purchase via the convenient mail-in form, go to the Car Raffle tab on the Elburn Lions website, elburnlions.com.
In addition, the Lions Club will also host a 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be on sale at various locations throughout Lions Park during the entire festival. The drawing will be held on Sunday at 8 p.m. 2011 total was over $2,500. Profits will go to projects that aid the community and seeing impaired.
The Elburn Lions Club will again host a beer garden, which is adjacent to the Main Stage.
The types of beer available this year will be Miller High Life, Miller Lite and one specialty beer.
Additionally this year, the Lions will offer Mike’s Hard Lemonade—Lemonade and Cranberry flavors. Water is also available for purchase.
No alcohol beverages are allowed outside of the beer garden. The beer garden is restricted to individuals 21 years of age and older. There will be a secured area for families where adult beverages may be enjoyed. Ticket sales end a half hour before closing.
The Elburn Lions will request a $2 donation per vehicle to park on the Lions Park grounds.
The donations are used to offset the cost for park maintenance during the three-day festival.
There will be attendants on hand as you enter the park grounds.
On Friday, the entrance to Lions Park will be from Stetzer Avenue. On Saturday and Sunday, the entrance to Lions Park will be from South Street.
Many different types of food will be available throughout the festival.
• Bev’s Popcorn:
Cheese popcorn, cotton candy,
sno-cones, caramel corn
• Coach Catch:
Seafood and chicken
• Elburn Lions Stands, North:
Brats, hot dogs
• Elburn Lions Stands, South:
Ribeye sandwiches, pulled pork,
hamburger and cheeseburgers, brats
• Elburn Lions Stands, Main:
Brats, hot dogs, pork chop sandwiches,
taco-in-a-bag; Sunday—Pork chops
and chicken dinners
• Elburn Leo’s Stand:
Root beer floats, ice cream bars,
• Genoa Italian Concessions:
10″ grilled Italian sausage,
meatball sandwich, pizza slices,
boneless rib sandwich
• Hill’s Country Store:
Hand-dipped ice cream, deli sandwiches
• Suzie’s Fun Food:
Corn dogs, chicken wings strips,
coconut shrimp, deep fried Snickers,
deep fried Twinkies
• Witters Concessions:
Funnel cakes, lemon shake-ups
• Juan Estanisolo:
Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos
with meat, Mexican sandwiches
• RS Concessions:
Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice, nachos, pretzels
The 4-H Club will sponsor its annual Saturday livestock judging at 8 a.m. and Sunday livestock auction at 1 p.m.
Weigh-In for the livestock is on Friday from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
The 4-H Club has held this show annually since the beginning of Elburn Days.
Elburn Days parade
The 83rd Elburn Days parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, in downtown Elburn.
The parade will have numerous units, including bands, floats, fire engines, antique cars, clowns, etc. Additionally this year, Ronald McDonald will entertain the children as he rides through the parade in his special truck.
The parade theme this year is: “Elburn Lions, Connecting to the Community and the World”. The parade will last approximately 65 minutes and will open the festival as it ends at Lions Park. The parade route will begin at Reader Street and proceed southbound through Elburn on Route 47.
and tractor pulls
The tractor pull is in its 35th year at Elburn Days. This is a fantastic show with a huge following.
New this year, no coolers will be allowed, and track side sponsored and/or reserved spaces will be first-come, first-served, with reservations beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. track side. Reservation price is $125 per space.
Bingo is another annual event for Elburn Days. Bingo is held in the Lions Pavilion and times are as follows:
Friday, Aug. 17: 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18: 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 19: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This year, each game will be a 50/50 split of the money taken in for each game. Players must be 18 years of age.
The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library sponsor a book sale during Elburn Days at the library, 320 East North St., Elburn.
Sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Books are $1 for hard covers and trade paperbacks, and $.50 for paperbacks. Children’s hard covers will be $.50 and paperbacks $.25. DVDs are $1, and audio books will be $2 each.
A bag sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Bags of books will be sold for $3 each or two for $5, and may be filled with your choice of items remaining at that time, excluding specially priced items.
The Friends of the Town & Country Public Library is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who support the library. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information, visit www.elburnfriends.org or contact the library at (630) 365-2244
Sign up to race your RC Truck/Car on Saturday, Aug. 18, or come out for the show and cheer your favorite driver to victory.
Registration is at the west end of the north parking lot from 10 to 11:30 a.m., $10 for the first truck/car and $5 each additional vehicle. Start time is at noon.
On Sunday, the annual HobbyTown USA charity race will be held. Awards and door prizes will be given away. You can pre-register at the HobbyTown USA St. Charles location until Aug. 17, and then register from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on race day. The cost is $10 per vehicle, and the race begins at 10 a.m.
All proceeds from this event are matched by HobbyTown USA and donated to the Elburn Lions Club charities.
The annual sidewalk sale and flea market is held in downtown Elburn on Thursday, Aug. 16, from noon to 8 p.m., and on Friday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sale is based on local and home-based businesses. Take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy the various products featured in this very popular event. The Sidewalk Sale & Flea Market is sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.
The annual craft show is growing in popularity and recently relocated to just north of the North Pavilion at Elburn Lions Park.
The show runs on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The show highlights many one-of-kind products, like quilts, music boxes and jewelry, to hard-to-find outdoor garden accessories and doll clothing. The craft show is sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.
• Friday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. Rummage sale and bake sale—St. Gall Church (until 4 p.m.)
9 a.m. Town and Country Library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library
10 a.m. Sidewalk sale—Downtown Elburn, sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce
Flea market—Downtown Elburn, sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce
12:30 p.m. 4-H weigh-In for livestock, sponsored by local 4-H clubs
5 p.m. Lions beer garden opens
Commercial tents open
5:30 p.m. Rides and carnival open
6 p.m. 83rd annual parade begins
Main Stage opens with Deep Six
Multi-ride wrist bracelet period begins (until 9 p.m.)
Elburn Chamber of Commerce craft show (until 8 p.m.)
Food stands open
7:30 p.m. Ronald McDonald performs on the Community Stage, sponsored by the Elburn/Yanni Management McDonalds
8 p.m. 2011 “Elburn Idol” Winners open the Main Stage for High Infidelity
A Factor Dance Company—Community Stage
Bingo until 10 p.m. (Must be 18 years of age to play)
• Saturday, Aug. 18
7 a.m. Elburn Boy Scouts pancake breakfast (until 10 a.m.)
5K run and 1M fun run/walk registration at Lions Park
8 a.m. 23rd annual 5K run and 1M fun run/walk
4-H livestock judging
Rummage sale and bake sale—St. Gall Church (until 1 p.m.)
9 a.m. Town and Country Library book sale, bag book sale,
sponsored by the Friends of the Town and Country Public Library
Elburn Chamber of Commerce craft show (until 5 p.m.)
10 a.m. Truck and tractor pull registration begins at Lions Park
11 a.m. 35th annual truck and tractor pull begins
Food stands open
Noon Rides/carnival and beer garden opens
Hobbytown USA Point Series race, sponsored by HobbyTown USA—St. Charles
1 p.m. Multi-ride wrist bracelet period begins (until 4 p.m.)
Hula hoop contest—Community Stage
1:45 p.m. “Elburn Idol” finalist competition—Community Stage
2:30 p.m. Empower Dance Company, junior dancer solo showcase—Community Stage
3:15 p.m. girlPOWER Dance exhibition—Community Stage
Bring your 3- to 6-year-olds for a free dance class with Miss Michelle from M&M Dance
4 p.m. 2012 Youth “Elburn Idol” winner opens the Main Stage for Kashmir
4:15 p.m. M&M Dance Studio performs—Community Stage
5:30 p.m. Kaneland High School cheerleaders perform—Community Stage
6 p.m. Multi-ride wrist bracelet period begins (until 9 p.m.)
Bingo until 8 p.m. (must be 18 years of age to play)
6:15 p.m. Elburn Idol Rewind: Past winners/contestant’s perform—Community Stage
7:45 p.m. “The Giving Moon” teen band plays—Community Stage
8 p.m. 2012 Teen “Elburn Idol” winner performs on the Main Stage, opening for ARRA
• Sunday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. Elburn community worship service at Lions Park,
sponsored by the Elburn Community Congregational Church
10 a.m. HobbyTown charity race, sponsored by HobbyTown USA- St. Charles
11 a.m. Elburn Lions pork chop and chicken dinner (until 2 p.m.)
Elburn Chamber of Commerce craft show (until 4 p.m.)
Food tents open
11:30 a.m. Mud volleyball tournament registration begins
Noon Rides/carnival open
Midway Madness carnival promotion (until 10 p.m.)
Beer garden opens
Mud volleyball tournament
1 p.m. Power of Love performs in the beer garden
1:15 p.m. Free hip hop class for children ages 5 to 10, with Bella from
M&M Dance—Community Stage
4-H livestock auction
2:15 p.m. 3rd annual ice cream eating contest—Community Stage,
sponsored by Colonial Ice Cream
2:30 p.m. Bingo until 4:30 p.m. (Must be 18 years of age to play)
3:15 p.m. Empower Dance Company, teen dancer solo showcase—Community Stage
4 p.m. 2012 Youth “Elburn Idol” runner-up performs
on the Main Stage, opens for Reckless
4:15 p.m. M&M Dance Studio performs—Community Stage
5:30 p.m. Kaneland HS Cheerleaders perform—Community Stage
6:30 p.m. 2012 Teen “Elburn Idol” runner-up performs on the Main Stage,
opens for Back Country Roads—Main Stage
8 p.m. Raffle of the 2012 Chevy SS Camaro 400 HP (or $30,000)
Lions 50/50 raffle, local businesses raffle and give-aways
10 p.m. Festival closes