37th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest
July 19 - 22, 2018
Held In the Braidwood Park District's Old Smokey City Park (245 W. First St. Braidwood, IL. 60408)
Rides, Games, Food, Free Nightly Entertainment, Bingo and much, much more for the entire family.
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** A special thank you to all of our sponsors. Be sure to visit the Summerfest Sponsors Page to find out which Star Sponsors are helping to make Summerfest shine. **
**Please Note** No Unauthorized Vending, Soliciting, Peddling or Concession Sales Allowed On Braidwood Park District Grounds During The Festival. All Vendors, Solicitors, Peddlers or Concession Vendors Must Be Registered And Approved By The Braidwood Lions Club. Any Unauthorized Vendors, Solicitors, Peddlers or Concessioners Will Be Asked To Leave Park Grounds.
**NOTICE TO PET OWNERS**
For safety reasons, no pets will be allowed on festival grounds in the carnival midway area, food court, entertainment areas, flea market areas, parking lots or baseball field areas, regardless of size, temperament, or leash. Only certified ADA service animals will be permitted. Anyone found walking about the festival grounds will be asked to take their pets back home.
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**Free Live Musical Entertainment Nightly**
Each night during the festival live musical entertainment takes place on the Exelon Generation Entertainment Stage. Bands from around the area perform a wide variety of styles and hits.
Check back in the months prior to the festival to see what live entertainment will be playing
Thursday 7/19: TBA
Saturday 7/21: TBA
Sunday 7/22: TBA
Other Events, Activities & Entertainment
- THURSDAY 7/19 -
- FRIDAY 7/20 -
- SATURDAY 7/21 -
- SUNDAY 7/22 -
The carnival midway is provided by A&A Attractions.
Check back in the months prior to the festival for details on carnival hours, ride specials and pre-sale ride tickets & wristbands.
Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Saturday & Sunday (7/21 & 7/22)
The annual Summerfest flea market will take place on
Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22 from 8am - ?
The flea market is located at the south end of the Braidwood City Park (First & Center St.) For more information about the flea market please call Flea Market Coordinator Andy Kaminsky at (815)458-0308.
Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official 2018 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show vendor application form.
Hometown Proud Parade Sunday (7/22) 1:00p.m.
Braidwood American Legion Koca Post #39
Braidwood Chamber of Commerce
The annual Hometown Proud Parade will take place on Sunday July 22nd starting at 1:00pm on Braidwood's Main Street.
Line up will begin at 12:30 on Mitchell St. next to Casey's. The parade will begin at Main & Mitchell Street, travel down the Main Street to Walker Street, turning south on Walker Street and ending on Walker Street behind the Reed Custer Intermediate School. For more information on the Hometown Proud Parade please call Parade Coordinator Jim Canup at (815)458-2642.
Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form.
Baby Contest Saturday (7/21) 10:00a.m.
Coordinated by: The Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition
The annual Summerfest baby contest coordinated by The Braidwood Area Healthy Community Coalition will take place on Saturday (7/21) at the main entertainment stage starting promptly at 10:00a.m. For more information, please call Pam at (815)712-7767 and leave a message for a return phone call.
Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an an official Summerfest Baby Contest Entry Form.
Pie Eating Contest Saturday (7/21) 1:00p.m.
The Annual Summerfest Pie Eating Contest will take place on Saturday (7/21) under the hospitality tent next to the Bingo pavilion starting at 1:00p.m. With several age categories, both young and old can showcase their pie eating talents without the use of their hands or utensils.
Walk up registration on the day of the contest will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis starting at 12:30pm. There will be no pre-registration.
5th Annual Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament
Sponsored by: Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association
The Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association (BBSA) will be holding their
5th Annual Youth Baseball/Softball Tournament
during 2018 Summerfest.
July 16, 2018 thru July 22, 2018
Baseball: 8U, 10U, 12U & 14U
Softball: 10U, 12U & 14U
Home Run Derby Monday Night 7/10/17
Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Team Registration Form.
For more information please call BBSA Board President Jerry Curl at (815)701-3494 or email [email protected].
Braidwood Fire Department Booth & Displays
Be Sure To Stop By The Braidwood Fire Department's Booth
- Equipment Displays - Fire Prevention Information
- Blood Pressure Checks - Blood Glucose Checks
Located Under The Red & White Tent On The North Side
Of The Bingo Pavilion
Fireworks Display Sunday (7/22) @ 9:30p.m.
Be sure to grab your lawn chairs or blankets and come on down to the park for the grand finale.
The annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest fireworks display will bring the festival to a close with a bang on Sunday night (7/22) starting at 9:30pm. Always a crowd pleaser, the annual fireworks display is brought sure to amaze you as you get a close up seat to all the action.
The fireworks display is provided by Mad Bombers Fireworks Productions.
10 food vendors make up the food court which is located just off the entertainment area.
A wide variety of choices are available to fit every taste. American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and BBQ are among the wide variety of of foods to choose from.
Food Court Hours:
Thursday 7/19: 5:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.
Friday 7/20 5:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)
Saturday 7/21 12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)
Sunday 7/22 12:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.
Bingo games are played nightly throughout the festival under the Lions pavilion.
Bring your friends!!
Thursday (7/19): 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Friday (7/20): 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Saturday (7/21): 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Sunday (7/22): 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
$0.25 per card
Must be 18 years or older to play.
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE ALLOWED TO SIT AT THE BINGO TABLES WHILE BINGO GAMES ARE IN SESSION. CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE BINGO CARDS.
Parking is available on either the north end of the park (3rd street entrance or the south end of the park (1st street entrance). Handicap parking is available on a first come, first serve basis next to the Lions bingo pavilion. Handicap permits or license plates are required to park in a handicap zone. There is also handicap parking available near the flea market on a first come, first serve basis.
Summerfest General Information: Wayne Saltzman (815)458-6444
Josh Bolatto (815)791-8093
Fax: (815)458-3842 Email: [email protected]
-2017 Summerfest Committee-
Festival Chairman: Wayne Saltzman (815)458-6444
Festival Operations Coordinator: Josh Bolatto (815)791-8093
Carnival Coordinator: Gary Bumgardner (815)458-6548
Flea Market Coordinator: Andy Kaminsky (815)458-0308
Parade Coordinator: Jim Canup (815)458-2642
Bingo Coordinator: Mary Kaminsky (815)458-0308
Beer Garden Coordinator: Scott Howard (815)458-0162
Utilities Coordinator: Rob Grivetti (815)791-0755
Sponsorship Coordinator: Josh Bolatto (815)791-8093
Carnival Ticket Pre-Sale Coordinator: LuAnn Bolatto (815)458-6055
Publicity & Advertisement Coordinator: Josh Bolatto (815)791-8093
BAHCC Baby Contest Coordinator: Pam Dell'Aquila (815)712-7767
BBSA Fast Pitch Youth Tournament Jerry Curl (815)701-3494
All events, activities, performances and entertainment are held in an outdoor setting and are subject to the weather elements. Events & activities are subject to change or cancellation with little or no advanced notice due to the weather. Vendors are responsible for providing their own shelters, canopies, tents or awnings. Carnival rides may be shut down at the discretion of A&A Attractions management and operators due to hazardous weather conditions and/or safety concerns. No refunds will be given for carnival ride tickets or wristbands due to cancellations caused by hazardous weather and/or safety concerns. Live photography and video/audio taping will be taking place throughout the festival grounds each day. Your presence on festival grounds and/or participation in any festival activity, event or tournament shall serve as consent to photograph and/or video/audio recording.