Monday, July 29, 2013

Aug. 9, 10, 11: Montgomery Fest 2013

The 2013 Montgomery Fest schedule is packed with a variety of fun activities and entertainment for all age groups. Whether you are a fan of live music, car shows, parades, carnivals, great food, fishing or fireworks, you will be delighted as you spend the weekend of August 9th to the 11th enjoying the festivities in downtown Montgomery.
Starting off Friday night is an all-new “Battle of the Bands” that begins at 5 pm featuring live music performed by local bands. Also new this year are $20 wristbands good for unlimited carnival rides from 6 pm to 10 pm on Friday only.
Saturday’s Main Stage will host the Blue Rock Inn Band performing at 11:30 am. Known for their unique arrangements of classic rock and blues, this band will get you in the groove for a great day. Next is a chance to scope out more local talent at 1 pm when “Montgomery’s Got Talent” hits the stage. Judge for yourself and expect to be impressed!
Other Saturday events include a Bike Safety Event at 10:30 am and Colonial’s Ice Cream Eating Contest (register at 11:30 am at Village Hall). You also won’t want to miss the annual Montgomery Fire Department Water Fights at 1:30 pm in front of the Village Hall.
Saturday’s entertainment continues at 3 pm on the Main Stage with “Cloggin’ Craze,” who always exude enthusiasm in this upbeat social dance style. At 4 pm one of Chicagoland’s premiere rock band, “Urban Sprawl” will bring their high energy mix of rock, country, pop, and blues. The day of great music wraps up with “EVOLUTION’ performing at 8 pm. This popular band features the original members of Hi-Infidelity. With music ranging from classic to current rock sounds, these fun musicians energize their listeners. Known for being one of the suburb’s best new cover bands, you can rock on with cover songs from favorites including Bon Jovi, REO, Styx, and Journey.
The range of events on Sunday is sure to please every family. From the Family Fun Carp Fishing Derby to the Car and Motorcycle Show (in Austin Park), to the Kid’s Bike Parade at 11 am in front of the Village Hall, you will find an activity for everyone. The Montgomery Fest Parade begins at 1 pm on Sunday at Webster and Mill Street, continuing south to Watkins, over to River Street and back up to Mill.
A highlight of Sunday’s entertainment will be the world famous Division BMX Stunt Team, with performances at 3 and 5 pm in front of the Village Hall.  The Division BMX Stunt Team knows how to entertain and keep an audience on their edge of their seats.  Watch in awe as stunt riders perform tricks at heights reaching over 25 feet above the ground!
Sunday’s Main Stage will host a church service at 10:00 a.m. followed by the musical talents of Woody James at 11 am and the Ronald McDonald Magic Show at noon.  In the afternoon the Waubonsee Steel Drum Band at 2 pm and the “Legacy Girls” at 4 pm will keep everyone entertained.  The evening continues at 6 pm with “Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm” playing lively country music, followed by fireworks at 9 pm
Of course, Montgomery Fest always includes everyone’s favorites:  the carnival, food vendors, craft and vendor booths, free pony rides and petting zoo.  Community Christian Church will host a family tent offering diaper changing and rest areas, free water and freeze pops.  Free shuttle bus service will be provided to downtown Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday from Lakewood Creek Elementary School and from the parking lot in front of Poor Boy’s on Montgomery Road near Douglas.  Busses will run about every half hour from 11 am until about 10 pm.  It all adds up to a fantastic weekend you won’t want to miss!

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