35th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest



July 14 - 17, 2016


"A Superhero Adventure"



Thank You To Everyone For Your Continued Support Of Our Festival.  A Very Special Thank You To Everyone Who Has Volunteered Of Their Time & Talents To Help Make Our Festival The Best That It Can Possibly Be.


We'll See You Next Year!!!

July 13th - 16th, 2017


** Fireworks Display Rescheduled **

The annual Summerfest fireworks display has been rescheduled for Tuesday August 2, 2016 starting at 9:30pm in the Braidwood City Park.  The display will coincide with the Braidwood Police Department's 4th Annual National Night Out event which takes place from 6pm to 9pm in the park.


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.



**Scroll Down The Page For More Information**



Click Here To View & Print Our Official 2016 Summerfest Brochure (pdf format only)


** 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**

Beginning this year, 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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                          Exelon Generation Entertainment Stage Line Up

     **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.  


Thursday 7/13:    TBA




Friday 7/14:   TBA




Saturday 7/15:  TBA





Sunday 7/16:   TBA



                                          Other Events, Activities & Entertainment

Check back in the months prior to the festival to see what other events, activities & entertainment will be taking place during 2017 Summerfest.

Carnival



The carnival midway is provided by A&A Attractions.

Click here for A&A Attractions' web site.



Check Back In The Months Prior To The Festival For Information On Carnival Hours & Ride Ticket Pre-Sales

Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show        Saturday & Sunday (7/15 & 7/16)

The annual Summerfest flea market will take place on 

Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16 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 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show vendor application form.


Hometown Proud Parade       Sunday (7/16)  1:00p.m.

                                  Sponsored by:

  Braidwood American Legion Koca Post #39 


                        Judged by: 

        Braidwood Chamber of Commerce


The annual Hometown Proud Parade will take place on Sunday July 16th 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 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.


Little Miss Summerfest Competition       ( runs June 1 to July 12 )



The 7th Annual Little Miss Summerfest Competition will begin on 

June 1st and run until July 10th, 2017.

 


Crowning ceremonies will take place on Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6:00p.m. on the Exelon Generation Entertainment Stage.   For more information please call Cindy at (815)458-0162.  


Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Little Miss Summerfest Competition application form & rules packet.





Baby Contest     Saturday (7/15) 10:00a.m.

Sponsored by: The Braidwood Fire Sirens


The annual Summerfest baby contest sponsored by The Braidwood Fire Sirens will take place on Saturday (7/15) at the main entertainment stage starting promptly at 10:00a.m.  


Click check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Baby Contest Entry form.  For more information please call Tami at (815)458-6802.


Pie Eating Contest       Saturday (7/15)   1:00p.m.

Sponsored By: Braidwood Fire Sirens


The Annual Summerfest Pie Eating Contest sponsored by the Braidwood Fire Sirens will take place on Saturday (7/15) 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, but pre-registration is highly recommended.  


Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Pie Eating Contest entry form.  


For more information please call Denise at (815)458-2603.


4th Annual Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament

Sponsored by:  Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association 

  

The Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association (BBSA) will be holding their

4th Annual Youth Baseball/Softball Tournament 

during 2017 Summerfest.



Tournament Divisions:


Baseball:  8U, 10U, 12U & 14U


Softball:  10U, 12U & 14U


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 BBSA2014@yahoo.com.


Royal Family Kids Home Run Derby Fundraiser      Monday 7/10

Monday July 10, 2017


5:00p.m.


Braidwood City Park Baseball Fields


The Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association will be partnering with the Royal Family Kids organization to host a Home Run Derby fundraiser to benefit the Royal Family Kids Summer Camp Program. Proceeds from the derby will help local foster children to enjoy the growth opportunities that they may not otherwise have.


For More Information Please Visit www.diamond.royalfamilykids.org or 

call Nathan at (815)584-6337



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





Fireworks Display                  Sunday (7/16)  @  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 (7/16) 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.

Click here to visit Mad Bombers Productions' web site


Food Court


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 7/13:  5:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.


Friday 7/14  5:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)


Saturday 7/15  12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)


Sunday 7/16  12:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.


BINGO!!!!

Bingo games are played nightly throughout the festival under the Lions pavilion.  


Bring your friends!!


Bingo schedule:


Thursday (7/13):  6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.


Friday     (7/14):   6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.


Saturday (7/15):   2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

                            6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.


Sunday   (7/16):   2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

                            6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.


$0.25 per card

Must be 18 years or older to play.


**SPECIAL NOTICE**


NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE ALLOWED TO SIT UNDERNEATH THE BINGO PAVILION WHILE BINGO GAMES ARE IN SESSION

Parking

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. 

Contact Information

Summerfest General Information:   Wayne Saltzman    (815)458-6444

                                                         Josh Bolatto          (815)791-8093


              Fax:  (815)458-3842         Email:  braidwoodlionsclub@yahoo.com



-2017 Summerfest Committee-


Festival Chairman:                                             Wayne Saltzman      (815)458-6444


Committee & 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


Little Miss Summerfest Coordinator:                  Cindy Howard           (815)458-0162


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


Fire Sirens' Baby Contest Coordinator                 Tami Favero             (815)458-6802


Fire Sirens' Pie Eating Contest Coordinator         Denise Kasher           (815)458-2603


BBSA Fast Pitch Youth Tournament                     Jerry Curl                 (815)701-3494


Click here for a map to Summerfest

Disclaimer

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.