34th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest

"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. **


- Flea Market Vendor Applications

- Hometown Proud Parade Entry Forms

- Little Miss Summerfest Competition Entry Forms

- BBSA Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament

All entry forms can also be found in our Summerfest information binder located in the entryway of Braidwood City Hall.

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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: 

103.1FM WCSJ Radio  Live Remote Broadcast & Prize Wheel Giveaways  5:30pm - 7:30pm

"Brad Jackson & Shades of Country Band"  All Your Favorite Country Classics  7:30pm - 10:30pm


Friday 7/17:  

"Hillbilly Rockstarz"  Chicagoland's #1 Premier Country Band  8:00pm - 11:30pm

Saturday 7/18: 

"The Silhouettes"  50's-60's Rock & Roll Classics & Hits   7:30pm - 11:30pm

Sunday 7/19:   

"Slick Willy"  Classic Rock & Blues  6:30pm - 9:30pm

                                          Other Events, Activities & Entertainment

Check back often to see what other events, activities & free live entertainment will be taking place.  More will be added in the months leading up to the festival.

                                              Thursday 7/16

4-11pm         Food Court, Lions Concession Stand & Lions Beer Garden Opens

6-10pm         Lions Bingo (under the Lions pavilion)

6pm             Little Miss Summerfest Crowning Ceremony (on Exelon Generation entertainment stage)

6:45pm        Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Burial Ceremony  (southeast corner of skate park)

7:30pm        Welcome & Sponsorship Acknowledgements from Summerfest Co-Chairman Josh Bolatto

                                                  Friday 7/17

4pm-12am     Food Court, Lions Concession Stand & Lions Beer Garden Opens

6-8pm          The Strolling Magical Illusions of Terry Murphy

6-10pm         Lions Bingo (under the Lions pavilion)

                                                Saturday 7/18

8am - ?         Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Opens  (south end of park behind carnival)

10am            Annual Summerfest Baby Contest Begins  (on Exelon Generation entertainment stage)

12pm-12am   Food Court, Lions Concession Stand & Lions Beer Garden Opens

1pm             Annual Summerfest Pie Eating Contest Begins  (under hospitality tent)

2-4pm           Lions Bingo (under the Lions' pavilion)

2-4pm           Pockets The Clown & Linda The Face Painter  (under hospitality tent)

3-4pm          "Circus Boy" Bobby Hunt as seen on TV's Ripleys Believe It or Not (Exelon entertainment stage)

4:30-5:45pm  Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles  (under Lions' pavilion)

6-8pm           The Strolling Magical Illusions of Terry Murphy

6-10pm          Lions Bingo (under the Lions pavilion)

                                                 Sunday 7/19

8am-?           Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Opens  (south end of park behind carnival)

8:30am         Community Worship Service  (under hospitality tent)

9am-12pm     Free Hearing & Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Screenings  (next to bingo pavilion)

12-10:30pm   Food Court, Lions Concession Stand & Lions Beer Garden Opens

1pm             Annual Hometown Proud Parade Kicks off (on Braidwood's Main Street)

2-4pm          Pockets the Clown & Linda the Face Painter  (under hospitality tent)

2-4pm          Lions Bingo (under the Lions' pavilion)

6-9pm          Lions Bingo (under the Lions' pavilion)

9:30pm        Annual Summerfest Fireworks Display


The carnival midway is provided by A&A Attractions. 

Click here for A&A Attractions' web site.


        Carnival Hours

Thursday 7/16:   6-11pm  *Family Night Ride Specials $1.50 per ride*

Friday 7/17:        6-11pm  Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides (wristbands)

Saturday 7/18:   1pm - Midnight  Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides (wristbands) from 1 to 5pm

Sunday 7/19:      2-10:30pm  Pay One Price For Unlimited Rides (wristbands) from 2 to 6pm

Buy a wristband from the midway ticket booth on Sunday 7/19 and receive a chance to win one of two bicycles!!  Winners must be present to win.  Drawing will be held at 6:15pm at the midway ticket booth.

Check back in the months prior to the festival for more information & presale ride ticket & armband sale information.

*Family night ride specials apply to tickets purchased at the carnival midway ticket booth only*

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.   Click on a link below to view & print a Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show vendor application form.

2015 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Vendor Application (msword format)

2015 Summerfest Flea Market, Arts & Crafts Show Vendor Application  (pdf format)

Hometown Proud Parade       Sunday (7/19)  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 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 Walker Street, turning south on Walker Street and ending behind the Reed Custer Intermediate School.  The theme of this year's Hometown Proud Parade will be "15 Decades of Work & Play" in honor of Braidwood's 150th Sesquicentennial celebration and parade entries are encouraged to decorate their floats, vehicles, golf carts, etc. to the theme.  For more information on the Hometown Proud Parade please call Parade Coordinator Jim Canup at (815)458-2642.

Click on a link below to view & print the Hometown Proud Parade entry form.

2015 Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form  (msword format)

2015 Summerfest Hometown Proud Parade Entry Form  (pdf format)

**2015 Summerfest Parade Route Change**

Our Summerfest parade route will be changing just a bit this year. Instead of ending in the park on First Street the parade will now be ending on South Walker Street behind the Reed Custer Intermediate School. Similar to the Chamber of Commerce’s lighted parade held in December, the parade will begin at it’s normal location (next to Casey’s at Main & Mitchell Street), travel west on Main Street and turning south on Walker Street, ending behind the school.

Parade participants will have the option of pulling into the parking lot behind the school to unload their floats and regroup OR they can continue south on Walker Street in order to go in either direction on Kennedy Road.

The reason for the route change is because of the major congestion that occurs at the intersection of First & Lincoln Street near the park as the parade comes to an ending point. Because of the festival, the flea market, the baseball/softball tournaments, the parade ending and other stuff going on at the same time, so many people and vehicles converge upon the south end of the park and we want to make sure our parade route is as safe as it can possibly be for parade participants as well as spectators, pedestrians & motorists.

As always, everyone is welcome to come back down to the park after the parade for all the fun & excitement that will continue throughout the day.

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, 2015.


Crowning ceremonies will take place on Thursday July 16, 2015 at 6:00p.m. on the Exelon Generation Entertainment Stage.   

For more information please call Cindy at (815)458-0162.

Click on a link below to view & print the 2015 Little Miss Summerfest Rules & Application Packet.

                                                DEADLINE TO ENTER:  MAY 26, 2015

2015 Little Miss Summerfest Rules & Application Packet (msword format)

2015 Little Miss Summerfest Rules & Application Packet  (pdf format)

Baby Contest     Saturday (7/18) 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 (7/18) 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 their 

2nd Annual Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Tournament 

during 2015 Summerfest.  

Tournament Divisions:

Baseball:  8U, 10U, 12U & 14U

Softball:  10U, 12U & 14U

Tournament fee per team:  $250.00 Baseball  /  $150.00 Softball

Bracket types will be determined after final registrations

All divisions limited to six teams maximum


                         Tournament Fee Payment & Application Due By July 1, 2015

Click on the link below to view & print an official 2015 Summerfest Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Team Registration Form

2015 Summerfest Youth Fast Pitch Baseball/Softball Team Registration Form  (pdf format only)

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

Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Burial Ceremony 

                                     Thursday July 16, 2015


Along walk path intersection near southeast corner of the skate park

The Braidwood Sesquicentennial Commission will be holding a burial ceremony for the Sesquicentennial time capsule during Summerfest!!  The time capsule will be as big as a full sized burial vault and will be filled with items from Braidwood's past & present which is to be unearthed 50 years later during Braidwood's Bicentennial in the year 2065.  Be sure to check back for more details and a program for the ceremony.

Free Hearing Screenings & Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Screenings   

                                        Sunday July 19, 2015

                                     9:00am - Noon

The Lions of Illinois Foundation will be holding free hearing screenings & diabetic retinopathy eye screenings on Sunday morning during Summerfest

The foundations two mobile screening units will be set up next to the Lions' bingo pavilion.  No pre-registration required, walk-up's are welcome.  

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult during the screenings.  

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 & Operations 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

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.