Aleburn offers big band, beer, brats and bags

Oktoberfest-style event returns to Elburn
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—The second annual Aleburn, a fall-themed evening of music, food and family fun, will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Elburn.

About 100 people attended the 2008 Aleburn last fall. This year, its organizers have made a few changes to the event, to create even more interest.

“We’re trying to make it more family-friendly,” said Leslie Flint, a member of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce and Design Director at the Elburn Herald.

The chamber hosts Aleburn with the Elburn American Legion. The outdoor event takes place behind the Legion Hall in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Admission to the event will be free. Last year, Aleburn charged $5 per person.

“With the economy, we’d rather have more people there and not take in as much at the door,” Flint said.

One addition to Aleburn is a bags tournament. Registration for two-person teams starts at 2 p.m., and the event begins at 3 p.m. The cost is $30 per team, and a cash prize will be awarded.

An 11-member big band will play a variety of music including swing. Ream’s Elburn Market is sponsoring the band.

For children, Touch a Truck is a new activity Aleburn will offer. Kids can climb onto a plow and a tractor, and see inside police cars and fire trucks.

Aleburn is designed to bring people to downtown Elburn to see what it has to offer, Flint said.

All the food vendors are local, including Paisano’s, Ream’s and Party Animals.

Beverages for sale will include Oktoberfest beer, light beer, several different wines and soda. At the food booths, visitors may purchase steak sandwiches, bratwurst, frankenbrats and sauerkraut from Ream’s, pizza and reuben sandwiches from Paisano’s and an assortment of desserts from Party Animals.