Editorial: Here comes 2013 festival season
It seems like just yesterday we were bidding adieu to a successful, memorable 2012 festival season here in the Kaneland community. It was a farewell to the days of cotton candy and carnivals, bands on the mainstage and vendors lined up for as far as the eye can see. Goodbye summer, hello fall (a season otherwise known as “winter jr.” if you happen to live in the Midwest).
Of course, the somber conclusion to last year’s festivals is long behind us. It’s now July. The humidity is borderline unbearable. Our grass looks overgrown moments after we’re finished mowing it. Gas prices are … well, they’re actually pretty reasonable right now. But aside from that little detail, the facts stated above can only mean one thing: summer festival season is almost here. And from the looks of it, this year’s offering will be a good one.
The first of the “big four” festivals, Sugar Grove Corn Boil, will kickoff two weeks from this Friday, and with it will come lots of corn, great live entertainment, activities for kids and, of course, a first-rate fireworks spectacle.
This year’s Corn Boil slate will include performances by 7th Heaven and Hi Infidelity, an appearance by former Chicago Bulls all-star Bob Love, a KidsZone to keep youngsters busy, and an endless supply of corn. There’s even a rumor that Lord Stanley’s Cup will make its way over to the Corn Boil, but we’ll see about that. Either way, the weekend of July 26-29 promises to be a memorable one for the Sugar Grove community.
Next up on the festival circuit will be Elburn Days, scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-18, at Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn. The three-day event will feature a Friday night parade, carnival and food vendors, beer garden, truck and tractor pulls, car raffle, mud volleyball tournament, RC car racing and demos, 5k run, craft show, commercial tent, pork chop and chicken dinner and more.
The classic rock cover band Arra will take the Elburn Days main stage on Friday, 8 to 11 p.m. Country band Back Country Roads will perform on Saturday, 7:30 to 11 p.m. The group 7th Heaven will perform on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Elburn Days festivities will be flanked by Kaneville Fest, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, in the park next to the Kaneville Community Center, and feature crafters, 50/50 raffles, a pork chop dinner fundraiser, fireworks and live entertainment. The village will also host garage and book sales Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22- 24. A movie night will take place on Friday, Aug. 23. The film will be shown on the side of Hill’s Country Store, 2S133 Harter Road, Kaneville. The event will feature donated pizza and popcorn, as well as prizes for children.
Last but not least, Maple Park’s 2013 Fun Fest will take place Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (Labor Day weekend), and feature signature activities such as an arts and crafts show, car show, 5k fun run, parade, men’s softball tournament, toilet bowl races, food vendors and a beer garden. Kid activities will include a bike parade and fire station for Touch-A-Truck
There will also be a band stage set up in the heart of downtown Maple Park. Musical acts Chemically Imbalanced and Billy Croft and the 5 Alarm will take the stage on Saturday evening. Shooter Whiskey and local country act Back Country Roads will take the stage on Sunday afternoon.
There are so many great local events coming up, and we’ll be with you guys every step of the way, detailing each and every festival with its own guide. Here’s to a wonderful, fun-filled 2013 festival season.