Montgomery looks to warmer days as community festival calendar takes shape
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News February 18, 2013 1:30PM
The village of Montgomery is making plans for its 29th annual Montgomery Fest to be held in August. File photo | Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 28, 2013 6:03AM
MONTGOMERY — As yet another winter drags on, the village is looking ahead to celebrations for spring and beyond.
Montgomery Fest, the highlight of the village’s yearly events, already is taking shape for the second weekend in August. This year will be the 29th annual celebration, and it has grown each year.
Big H Amusements from Fairbury, Ill., will provide carnival rides for children while bands are being contacted now to be sure to take the main stage during the dog days of summer.
Last year was the first ever Montgomery’s Got Talent competition at the festival, and organizers are busy preparing for the second year.
Trustee Pete Heinz, who works closely with the festival, said he is contacting the U.S. Navy Band to perform at the festival.
Concerts in the Park are scheduled on June 13 and 17 and July 18, with free ice cream to be given away during one of the performances. And there will be a Fay’s BBQ dinner at the July 18 concert.
Coming next month, Community Christian Church is planning to host an Easter Egg Hunt on March 23. This is the second hunt sponsored by the church, and at last year’s hunt, about 1,000 people were hopping through the park looking for eggs.
The Montgomery Police Department is planning an electronics recycling and paper recycling clean up campaign. Dates will be announced in the next few weeks.
Memorial Day plans are under way for the Save the Cannon project, with Navy veteran Herschel Luckinbill heading the campaign to repair the Spanish-American War cannon that sits in Riverside Cemetery. A fund raising concert was held at the Montgomery VFW last weekend.
Once repaired, plans are to dedicate the cannon with a ceremony and community picnic at Riverside Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend.
Looking ahead to next winter, the village plans to host the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the community tree on a fire truck. School children will again sing Christmas carols and hot cocoa will be served inside Village Hall where children can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
Area groups will again be invited to enter their Christmas Trees in the annual contest for the best tree. This past year, the winning tree, decorated by the Montgomery Police Department had blue lights and yellow crime tape.