34th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our

33rd Annual Summerfest a huge success!!

We'll See You Next Year As We Celebrate

"15 Decades Of Work And Play" 

A Sesquicentennial Celebration

July 16 - 19, 2015

Held In the Braidwood Park District's Old Smokey City Park

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. **

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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.  Check back for a complete entertainment lineup.

Thursday 7/16:  TBA

Friday 7/17:   TBA

Saturday 7/18:  TBA

Sunday 7/19:   TBA

                                          Other Events, Activities & Entertainment

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

Thursday 7/16:

Friday 7/17:

Saturday 7/18:

Sunday 7/19:


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 more information, carnival hours & presale ride ticket & armband sale information.

Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show        Saturday & Sunday (7/18 & 7/19)

The annual Summerfest flea market will take place on 

Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19 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 for Summerfest Flea Market Vendor Applications.

Hometown Proud Parade       Sunday (7/19)  1:00p.m.

                                      Sponsored by:

                 Braidwood American Legion Koca Post #39 


                      Braidwood Chamber of Commerce

The annual Hometown Proud Parade will take place on Sunday July 19 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 School Street and end at the City Park.   

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Hometown Proud Parade entry form.

Little Miss Summerfest Competition       ( runs June 1 to July 14 )

The 6th Annual Little Miss Summerfest Competition will begin on June 1st and run until July 14th. 


Crowning ceremonies will take place on Thursday July 16th 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 rules and entry form packet. 

Baby Contest     Saturday (7/18) 10:00a.m.

Sponsored by: Braidwood Fire Sirens

The annual Summerfest baby contest sponsored by The Braidwood Fire Sirens will take place on Saturday (7/18) at the main entertainment stage starting promptly at 10:00a.m.  

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 (7/18)   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 (7/18) 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.

2nd Annual Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament

Sponsored by:  Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association 


The Braidwood Baseball/Softball Association (BBSA) will be holding a Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament during 2015 Summerfest.  

Tournament Levels:

Baseball:  8U, 10U, 12U & 14U

Softball:  10U, 12U & 14U

For more information please call BBSA Board President Jerry Curl at (815)701-3494 or email BBSA2014@yahoo.com.

Check back in the months prior to the festival to find an official Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament information & entry form. 

Teen Night   Wednesday (7/15)

Wednesday July 15, 2015

    6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Check back in the months prior to the festival for more information.

*It is highly recommended that parents/guardians accompany their children and teens during teen night activities*

Fireworks Display                  Sunday (7/19)  @  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 (7/19) 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 7/16:  4:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.

Friday 7/17  4:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)

Saturday 7/18  12:00p.m. - 12:00a.m. (midnight)

Sunday 7/19  12:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.


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

Bring your friends!!

Bingo schedule:

Thursday (7/16):  6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Friday     (7/17):   6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Saturday (7/18):   2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

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

Sunday   (7/19):   2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

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

$0.25 cards

Must be 18 years or older to play.


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

-2015 Summerfest Committee-

Festival Chairman:                                                Wayne Saltzman      (815)458-6444

Committee Coordinator:                                      Josh Bolatto             (815)791-8093

Community Service/Clean-Up Coordinator:        Tyler Wilson             (815)458-0162

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

Volunteer & Scheduling Coordinator:                  Mary Maly                (815)458-6863

Bingo Coordinator:                                               Mary Kaminsky         (815)458-0308

Beer Garden Coordinator:                                   Scott Howard            (815)458-0162

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                                     Tami Favero              (815)458-6802

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

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

Click here for a map to Summerfest


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.