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Yorkville seeks bigger Hometown Days act

Updated: December 3, 2012 3:21PM



YORKVILLE — City officials here are looking for a bigger name for the Hometown Days stage.

Aldermen this week unanimously approved allowing city staff to pursue a bigger national act for the city’s yearly festival. The act should cost about $25,000.

Tim Evans, of the parks and recreation staff, told aldermen that the festival makes money each year. Since parks and recreation took over the festival in 2006, it has made a total of $124,389.

Evans said staff believes a national act on Saturday of the weekend festival will increase the crowd and profitability of the event. Regular vendors at Hometown Days have echoed that belief, he said.

The approximate cost of a national act is roughly $15,000 to $25,000. That would be for bands such as Asia, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Starship, John Waite, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Bad Company, Little River Band, Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits), Sister Hazel, or Night Ranger. Bands such as Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon cost more, about $50,000.

While aldermen voted to have the staff investigate a band in the $25,000 range, some were concerned the city has enough crowd control staff to handle the larger crowd.

Evans said the city normally gets about 4,500 people for the Saturday night entertainment at Hometown Days. The bigger act should bring in between 1,500 and 2,000 more, Evans said.

“There’s an area we haven’t use beyond the Beecher Center, so we’ll have enough room,” Evans said. “It’s not like we’re bringing in U2 or The Rolling Stones.”



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