Editorial: Elburn Days week is upon us

By on August 15, 2013

Time flies when you’re having fun, huh? It’s already mid-August; Kaneland students go back to school next week; the weather is getting cooler; and football (at every level) is just around the corner. Summer: blink and you’ll miss it.

Summer isn’t over just yet, however. In fact, three great local festivals stand between us and the harsh reality that autumn is en route: Kaneville Fest, Maple Park Fun Fest, and the festival that will bring countless people to Elburn Lions park this weekend, Elburn Days.

The 84th annual Elburn Days will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-18, at Elburn Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

Admission to the festival is free, and the food is tasty. Enjoy events and activities for everyone, be it the young or the young at heart, starting with the Elburn Days parade, which will kick off the festivities on Friday night, Aug. 16, and include bands, fire engines, antique cars, clowns, tractors, local business and club floats. The parade starts at Reader Street and Route 47 and continues southbound, ending on South Street at the Elburn Lions Park.

In addition to rides and traditional carnival merrymaking, the Elburn Lions Club has brought together the finest area vendors, businesses and talent to celebrate this year’s festival. Featured live on the Community Stage will be performances by young local community members and the “Elburn Idol” competition. Also on the stage will be the Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by Colonial Cafe, which has room for 84 participants. Free dance classes, a hula hoop contest and the Kaneland Cheer Team will entertain festival goers. A coloring area has been added this year to allow tired attendees to sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment while indulging in some creative fun.

In the live music department, ‘80s rock specialist Arra will perform on Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday, local country act Back Country Roads will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, popular rock act 7th Heaven will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Local artists will perform at the beer garden, hosted by the Elburn Lions Club, and will be adjacent to the main stage.

The Elburn Lions Club will raffle off a new 2013 Chevy Z SS Camaro 400 HP (or $30,000) on Sunday evening. On display at Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn, tickets are $20 and are available from local Elburn merchants, Lions Club members or at Elburn Days in the ticket booth.

While admission to the festival is free, the Elburn Lions Club is requesting a $2 per car donation for parking to help offset costs and maintain the 25-acre park.

Children ages 12 and up are invited to join in on the fun of the Truck and Tractor Pulls ($5 admission) on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those over the age of 18, Bingo is sure to stir up some healthy competition.

Running and walking enthusiasts can look forward to the 24th annual 5k Run/1m Fun Run/Walk on Saturday at 8 a.m., and volleyball fans are invited to participate in the Mud Volleyball tournament on Sunday at noon. Check-in for mud volleyball is at 11:30 a.m.

If you are looking for treasures, the Rummage and Bake Sale at St. Gall Church will take place Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit St. Gall’s Parish needs. There will also be a craft show on Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A sidewalk sale and flea market will take place Thursday, Aug. 15, noon to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Elburn. The sale is based on local and home-based businesses. The craft show, sidewalk sale and flea market are sponsponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, and are sure to quench your thirst for a good find.

The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library will sponsor a book sale and HobbyTown USA will host the eighth annual St. Charles/Elburn Days Dirt Races on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Anticipate the pulled pork, friendly conversation and entertainment, sponsored by the Elburn Lions, during the 2013 Elburn Days. Profits acquired from this event will be donated to the Elburn Lions charity initiatives like glaucoma screenings, programs to aid the visually and hearing impaired, juvenile diabetes research, and local literacy campaigns.

“We Serve”, the Elburn Lions motto, is the perfect reflection of the 2013 strategy to educate community members about literacy. The Lions Reading Action Campaign Program stresses the importance of reading and is a grass roots effort to address the specific needs related to illiteracy in the Kaneland community.

For more information about Elburn Days visit www.ElburnLions.com.