Editorial: We hope to see you at Elburn Days this weekend

By on August 16, 2012

The annual Elburn Days festival, a three-day festival and series of community events that runs from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, is technically an Elburn Lions event, but in reality it demonstrates what can happen when all manner of groups and individuals work together for the good of the community.

Virtually every event and activity associated with Elburn Days is some form of a fundraiser for a local group, so while the public benefits from having three days full of activities to choose from, the groups benefit from the public’s participation as well.

Starting even before the parade officially kicks off the festival at 6 p.m. on Friday, a day of activities can be found throughout town.

The first event is at St. Gall Church—a rummage and bake sale that begins at 8 a.m. on Friday. The Town and Country Library’s book sale starts at 9 a.m., and then the annual sidewalk sale and flea market spreads throughout downtown Elburn from 10 a.m. throughout the day.

As evening approaches, Lions Park opens, and the event launches full steam ahead and doesn’t let up until Sunday.

The Elburn Lions host the festival and coordinate the majority of the events. They organize the parade, the main stage and secondary stage entertainment, and much of the goings on throughout Lions Park. For them, this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, and we urge Elburn Days festival-goers to both thank a Lion when you see a Lion, as well as support the group with your patronage during the festival.

At the same time, there are a number of various organizations and individuals who also help make Elburn Days what it has become—a place for the community to come together, enjoy their time together, and help out local groups while having fun doing so.

We hope to see you at Lions Park and around town throughout the three-day festival. We especially hope to see you there during our part of the festivities—the Sunday afternoon Mud Volleyball Tournament that we co-host with the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

This is the event’s fourth year, and it has grown significantly. Currently, there are approximately 350 people playing in the tournament, and if past years are any indication, another 200 to 300 will be on hand spectating.

We urge you to be one of them.