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Rotary GroveFest

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Updated: June 19, 2012 11:00AM

Cars, carnival, crafts and country music are just a few things you’ll find at this year’s Rotary GroveFest.

Rotary GroveFest will be from June 21 to 24 in downtown Downers Grove. This is the third year the Rotary Club is running GroveFest, which used to be Heritage Fest and was run by the Village of Downers Grove.

It’s a fest that’s getting bigger and better, said organizer Keith Hoffman.

“This year, we have a very good lineup of entertainment,” he said. “I think the array of different genres spreads out over a lot more musical talents this year.”

Main stage entertainment Friday will feature girl-group Shy Violet, oldies group the Cryan’ Shames, and the seven-piece country outfit Jin and Tonic.

Saturday features students from the Rock Academy, Motown group Guided Path and swing band the Flat Cats in the afternoon. Judges’ Nite Band, a group comprised of legal professionals, plays at 7 p.m. Headlining the evening is Dave Specter Blues Band with special guest Mark Wydra.

Sunday offers another full day of live entertainment, with students from four Downers Grove dance studios performing, including the Trinity Irish Dancers and Bluestone Academy of Dance and Music.

The all-girl group Undefined kicks off the music at 2:30 p.m., followed by Billy Elton performing a tribute to the music of Billy Joel and Elton John.

“They’re fun to listen to,” he said.

Rock band Evolution performs at 6:30, and Maggie Speaks closes out the evening.

“That’s going to be a really nice finish to the festival,” he said.

Other entertainment Saturday includes a Folk Music Festival; featuring the All Volunteer String Band, singer/songwriter Andrea Bustin, Bluegrass Escape, folk singer David Hawkins and flamenco duo Patchouli.

Sunday’s entertainment consists of the Downers Grove Choral Society.

Additionally, the carnival begins June 21 with an all-you-can-ride pass of $23.

“That’s a carryover from Heritage Festival,” he said. “That was something the Village did every year for families. That’s the only night they will offer that special.”

Discounted carnival tickets are available at Avec Panache, Community Bank of Downers Grove, Downtown Management Office, My Favorite Toy Store and The Wedding Etc. There are a limited number of tickets for sale, he said.

A dunk tank will be run by members of the Downers Grove North J. Kyle Braid Leadership Organization.

The Downtown Downers Grove Market will be relocated to Main Street between Curtiss and Maple streets especially for the fest, he said.

This year’s car show will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 on Warren Avenue just west of Forest.

“Last year, we probably had about 125 cars,” he said. “We have old cars and different modified cars, and people can vote in different categories. One is obviously Best of Show.”

In addition to the carnival, car show and live entertainment, there will be a craft show run by the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 and 24 at Fishel Park. There will be more than 50 crafters displaying their handmade artwork, ceramics, yard art, doll cloths, glass art, jewelry, photography and more.

Additionally, a business expo will run June 22 through 24.

“I think they can expect a community feel to it, although it’s not a small event,” he said. “There’s enough things to do for everybody. There’s the carnival rides in the midway. There’s the craft show for people who like crafts. There’s a car show. There’s entertainment, there’s food, there’s music. I think there’s something for everybody. This is the largest event that’s held in Downers Grove.”

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