Family fun abounds at Yorkville Hometown Days
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media August 23, 2012 4:00PM
Riders on a giant spider whiz by at Hometown Days in Yorkville in 2011. Yorkville Hometown Days are Aug. 30-Sept. 3 this year. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE
Yorkville Hometown Days
♦ Aug. 30-Sept. 2
♦ Beecher Community Park, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville
♦ (630) 553-4357
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:01PM
Yorkville is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the Hometown Days festival by adding an extra day.
Hometown Days runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 in Beecher Community Park in Yorkville.
“Thursday is Family Night, where all the carnival rides are $1,” said Tim Evans, Superintendent of Recreation and Special Events with the City of Yorkville. “Usually, those rides are between $3 and $5. So you definitely get more bang for your buck that day. We also have live music that night with 7th Heaven performing.”
The Beatles tribute band American English performs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
“There’s a home football game that night, and after the game we’re doing a high school dance after American English comes off,” he said. “So we have something for adults while the football game’s going on, and then we have something for the kids after the game.”
Saturday activities include a 5K run, a pancake breakfast, a beautiful baby contest and a BaggaPalooza bean bag tournament in the afternoon. Additionally, the Junior Women’s Club Craft Show is at Town Square Park, and the Friends of the Library used books sale is at the Yorkville Public Library. Both are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free family activities will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2.
The carnival runs from all day, with unlimited rides from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2.
“We also have a BMX bicycle stunt show on Saturday and Sunday,” he said. That will run from noon to 4 p.m.
The band Mike and Joe will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 1.
Activities on Sept. 2 include a pancake breakfast, the annual Pride and Joy car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a pizza eating contest at 3 p.m. and a duck race at 4 p.m.
The Yorkville Big Band will play from 2 to 4 p.m. and Hi Infidelity at 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
“We wanted to make it bigger and better, and we wanted more family involvement,” Evans said of the fest. “We have a bunch of local organizations involved as well.”
The Fox Country Players are performing, and several local service groups will volunteer throughout the fest, he said.
“We really wanted to say what Hometown Days was all about, which is anyone of any age will have something to do throughout the whole weekend, and also to try and get as many groups and organizations involved as possible,” he said.
People should expect a family-oriented, homegrown fest, he said.
“Come out and have a good time with your family,” he said. “We try to make it as affordable as possible for families. It’s a family-fun, hometown event.”