Elburn Days’ 84th installment a success

By on August 23, 2013

ELBURN—Food, fun, music and lots of people are the ingredients that made up last weekend’s 84th annual Elburn Days.

David Broz, president of Elburn Lions Club, spoke positively about the festival that is the club’s biggest fundraiser and helps it raise money to benefit the community.

“The festival went very well,” Broz said. “We had really good participation from the community.”

Broz said the Lions felt good about this year’s entertainment. He added that the community stage is popular every year.

Some sang in the Elburn Teen Idol contest, danced, tested their hula hoop and ice cream eating skills.

Broz called the public attendance “outstanding.” Pam Hall, chair of Elburn Days, estimated that 30,000 people attended the festival.

“We were very fortunate this year to have beautiful weather,” Hall said. “So it did not deter anybody from coming out. We had people of all ages with all different kinds of interest, and everybody was here having a wonderful time enjoying our festival.”

Attendees could watch an evening parade go by, peruse book selections and crafts and listen to lots of live bands.

Back Country Roads took the main stage on Saturday night as the headlining band.

“They did a fantastic job,” Hall said “They brought a ton of people in here, and they just had a wonderful show that they put on, and they are loved by all ages, as well.”

Other festival headliners were rock acts Arra and 7th Heaven.

People could check out the truck and tractor pull event via stadium seating. And another spectator site was the Elburn Herald’s Mud Volleyball Tournament. The players played in mud and wore it, too.

According to 17-year-old Matheu Poust, president of Elburn Leo Club, children could ride elephants, bees, the miniature drop and swings at the festival.

Funnel cakes, lemon shake-ups, fried Snickers and Twinkies were some of the delicacies available during the festival. Pulled pork sandwiches proved to be a hit at the Elburn Lions stand.

“I would call it a symphony of flavor,” Broz said. “It’s fantastic.”

Poust worked the Elburn Leo’s stand, where folks could cool off with root beer floats. He thought about what he liked the best about the festival.

“I always like actually working with my other fellow Lions and Leos members,” Poust said. “I think it’s a great time for us all to get together and actually show the community what we’re really made of and what we can really give back.”