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Hometown Days ready for Labor Day weekend

Riders giant spider whiz by Hometown Days Yorkville 2011. Yorkville Hometown Days are Aug. 30-Sept. 3 this year.  |

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

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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:24AM

YORKVILLE — Labor Day weekend means Hometown Days here, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever, organizers said.

The festival actually started Thursday night — expanding to four days — with the carnival opening and the entertainment of the classic cover band Red Woody.

As always, the festival takes place in and around the public facilities area, at 908 Game Farm Road.

The festival continues Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., with a bevy of free family activities, which end at 9 p.m., and the carnival, which is open until 10 p.m. Friday night’s main stage entertainment, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., is American English.

On Saturday, events start early, at 8 a.m., with the pancake breakfast hosted by Trinity Church. At 9 a.m., the Junior Club Craft Show starts, a new activity this year that organizers expect to draw a big crowd.

“It’s new this year, and it should be popular,” said Laura Schraw, Yorkville’s parks and recreation director.

Also starting at 9 a.m. Saturday is the book sale at the Yorkville Public Library, which is right next to the Hometown Days site. The sale lasts until 4 p.m.

At 10 a.m., the Baby Contest and the Bean Bag tournament start. People wanting to register their babies — 18 months and under — can do so the day of the contest. Registration for the bean bag contest, as a team, should be done ahead of time at the Hometown Days website,

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Gold Star Academy of Dance will entertain, and from 2 to 4 p.m. will be the Fox Country Players.

Beginning at noon, the family activities continue as well as the carnival.

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be music by Billy Croft and the Five Alarm Band. From 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, the music will be by Mike and Joe.

Sunday’s activities begin early again, with the 8 a.m. pancake breakfast again. Many of the other Saturday activities carry over, such as the bean bag tournament, the used book sale, entertainment by the Fox Country Players, the carnival and the children’s activities.

From 2 to 4 p.m., the Yorkville Big Band will entertain. From 3 to 4 p.m. there will be a pizza-eating contest. From 4 to 6 p.m., music will be performed by the Big Rockin Daddies, and the headliner from 8 to 11 p.m. is Hi-infidelity.

For more information, see the schedule of events at the Hometown Days website,

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