Editorial: Take the ‘labor’ out of Labor Day weekend with Maple Park Fun Fest

By on August 29, 2014

We’ve reached that time of year when kids are back to school and Labor Day weekend is staring us in the face. And that means, yes, summer—for all intents and purposes—is over. Kaput. Fin.

Well, summer’s not “completely” over. We still have one more local summer festival—Maple Park Fun Fest—to enjoy before officially bidding adieu to summer 2014. And anyone who knows what Fun Fest offers each and every year knows that it’s a great way to send off the summer in style (likely to return only after we endure another polar vortex).

This year’s festival will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Maple Park.

The festival will feature its annual run/walk, the Romp in the Park, and its annual Men’s Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament, which can be found throughout the weekend at the Maple Park Civic Center field. Meanwhile, the popular crafters and vendors show will take place on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The third annual Bags Tourney will take place at the North Park in town, across from Washington Street, at 10:30 a.m. The food and beer garden will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Just for Kicks Dance Group will perform a dance routine on Main Street at noon on Saturday. And the annual bike parade for kids will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Following the bike parade, a Kid Zone craft table will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. on Main Street. The annual Toilet Bowl Challenge will commence on Saturday, 1:30 p.m. on Main Street. If you haven’t yet seen this event, make some time to go and check it out on Saturday afternoon. The team names are typically both clever and hilarious, and some of the toilet-mobiles (or whatever you want to call them) are surprisingly quick. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed.

Of course, free events are an important part of Fun Fest, and balloon animal artist Andrew Noyszewski will be on hand at the Fun Fest on Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

The annual Maple Park Fun Fest Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Main Street.

Musical entertainment is always a big part of Saturday’s activities. Several bands are scheduled for Saturday’s mainstage, including Not By Chance at 3:30 p.m., Chemically Imbalanced at 5 p.m. and headliner Red Woody at 9 p.m.

Sunday will feature an abundance of activities, as well. The American Legion Breakfast Buffet will be held from 7 a.m. to noon.

And there’s the Fun Fest Car Show, which will take place at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

The Maple Park Fire Department will host a Water Challenge at the Fire Station at 1 p.m. A number of bands will also perform Sunday on the mainstage, including Party Doctors at 2:30 p.m., Shooter Whiskey at 4:30 p.m. and Back Country Roads at 7 p.m.

Fun Fest raffle winners will be announced at 8 p.m., followed by Fun Fest’s tour-de-force fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. We continue to be amazed by the pyrotechnic displays put on each year by Sugar Grove, Kaneville and Maple Park during its respective summer festivals. So if you for some reason missed out on Kaneville Fest’s jaw-dropping fireworks show last Saturday, atone for that mistake by taking a trip out to Maple Park for the Fun Fest fireworks on Sunday night. It’s always an outstanding show.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer than with a weekend spent at Maple Park Fun Fest. So make sure you get out there this Saturday, Sunday and Monday for what is certain to be a great time.