36th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest

July 13 - 16, 2017

"A Mardi Gras Extravaganza"

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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- Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Vendor Application

- Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form

** 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.


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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**ENTERTAINMENT PROPOSAL NOTICE**:  As of 1/30/17, all of our live musical entertainment needs for this year's festival have been filled.  No further promotional materials will be considered for this year's festival.  Anything received hereafter will be kept on file for consideration in 2018.  

                          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 To Find Out What Other Live Entertainment, Events, & Activities Will Be Taking Place During The

36th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest!!

Thursday 7/13:      "The Back Paiges"     7:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

                                     Rock, Contemporary & Country Favorites From The 60's To Today

Friday 7/14:         "The Brat Pack"   7:30p.m. - 11:30p.m.
                                      80's Party Rock

Saturday 7/15:      "The Hat Guys"   7:30p.m. - 11:30p.m.   BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!

                                      Rock, Pop, Country, Disco & Hip-Hop Hits

Sunday 7/16:        "Wasted Words"   6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.

                                      90's To Current Country, Rock, Pop & Alternative Covers

                                          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.


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.   

Click on the link below to view & print an official 2017 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show vendor application form.

2017 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Vendor Application Form (msword)

2017 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Vendor Application Form (pdf)

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 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. 

Click a link below to view & print an official 2017 Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form.

2017 Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form  (msword)

2017 Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form  (pdf)

Click here for a 2017 Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Route Map  (pdf only)

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 [email protected].

Royal Family Kids Home Run Derby Fundraiser      Monday 7/10

Monday July 10, 2017


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

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 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.




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:  [email protected]

-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

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


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.