Braidwood’s Summerfest ready to kick off
By Mary Baskerville For The Herald-News July 13, 2012 5:38PM
6–11 p.m.: Carnival opens, Family Night Ride special price $1.50 per ride
6:30-10:30 p.m.: Usual Chaos, rock and pop band
6-11 p.m.: Carnival open, pay one price for unlimited rides
9 p.m.: Valhalla fusion belly dance performance
8 p.m. to midnight: The Silhouettes, 1950s and 1960s rock ’n’ roll
10 a.m.: Baby contest, sponsored by The Braidwood Fire Sirens
1 p.m.: Pie eating contest, sponsored by The Braidwood Fire Sirens
1 p.m. to midnight: Carnival open, pay one price for unlimited carnival rides from 1 to 5 p.m.
2 p.m.: Captain Jack Pirates of the Caribbean stage show
6-8 p.m.: 106.5FM X-Country, live remote broadcast and giveaways
8-11:30 p.m.: Hillbilly Rockstarz, Chicagoland’s premier Top 40s country band
7-11 a.m.: Braidwood Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast
9 a.m. to noon: Free hearing and diabetic retinopathy screenings
2-10 p.m.: Carnival open, pay one price for unlimited rides 2-6 p.m.
2-5 p.m.: Main Stage Karaoke Contest
5:30-7:30 p.m.: 105.5FM The KAT, live remote broadcast and giveaways
7:30-9:30 p.m.: Acoustic Avenue, acoustic music from the 1950s to today
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Updated: August 16, 2012 6:08AM
BRAIDWOOD — The 31st annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest will kick off July 19 and run through July 22.
The summertime tradition celebrates old-fashioned fun with a carnival, music, mud volleyball competitions, bingo, food vendors and more.
“Over the years, it has grown tremendously to the four-day festival we now have,” Summerfest Committee Coordinator Josh Bolatto said. “Families from all around come out to the festival to have a good time, have fun on the rides, enjoy the entertainment and the food.
“Summerfest is our club’s largest fundraiser of the year. It helps to generate the funds needed to provide our humanitarian services to the hearing and visually impaired within the Braidwood, Godley and Shadow Lakes communities,” he said.
“The funds are also used to give back to the community in a variety of other ways, including donations to the Braidwood Community Care Center Food Pantry, the local youth baseball/softball association and other charitable donations we make throughout the year.”
Pirates in the Park is the theme of this year’s Summerfest.
Events are held at the Braidwood Park District’s Old Smokey City Park at 245 W. First St.
The Annual Hometown Proud Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. July 22. The parade travels down Main Street to School Street, ending at the City Park.
The Flea Market will be July 21 and 22. Summerfest will once again go out with a bang as the annual fireworks show begins at 9:45 p.m. July 22.
July 19 events kick off with a WCSJ Radio 103.1 FM live remote broadcast and giveaways from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 2012 Little Miss Summerfest Crowning Ceremony at 6 p.m.