Your Guide to Yorkville's Hometown Days Festival 2012

Here's what you need to know about the bands, carnival, music and more during Labor Day weekend.

Brace yourself: There aren't going to be fireworks at Hometown Days this year.

Instead, organizers are presenting BMX/Bicycle stunt shows. Other additions include live music on Thursday night and a high school dance from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday after the home football game.

Old favorites, such as the baby contests, the pizza-eating contest, the , car show, bean bag tournament and 5K run/walk will be back. Here are some of the basics you need to know:

• Admission is $1 on Thursday, Aug. 30, and $2 after 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 2. Admission during the day Saturday and Sunday is free, as is admission for children 5 and younger throughout the festival.

• The festival is held at , 908 Game Farm Road.

• Festival hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

• The carnival rides are $1 per ride from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with a minimum purchase of 10 rides on Thursday only. The wristband unlimited ride special is $20 and runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Satuday and Sunday. The $20 cost covers one day.

• The BMX/Bicycle stunt shows start at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• The bags tournament, Baggapalooza, will be two separate tournaments, one each on Saturday and Sunday. Registration for a team of two is $50; check-in starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry. For more information, see www.baggapalooza.com.

• Please see the attached PDF from the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department for a full schedule and other information.

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Rae Matthews August 23, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Will there still be a pet parade?
Erin Sauder August 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Hi Rae, The Pet Parade has been move to the Halloween Extravaganza, which will be held Friday, Oct 26. Since most people put costumes on their animals, the organizers thought it would go better with the Halloween event.
Bob Allen August 27, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Laura Bee August 28, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I noticed there is not a wrist band day for kids. Am I wrong ? That's one thing my kids really look forward to. If its a cost cutting thing, I Understand and respect that. But if it's just the carnival people wanting the same money For less service, that's a whole different story. What does this event cost The City of Yorkville ? Does it actually bring revenue in? It's quite a lengthy event.
Laura Bee August 28, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Oh .....Just say the wrist band day. Read this thw first time while waiting in line at Home Depot!
Erin Sauder August 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Wristband information: Thursday 5-9 p.m., $1 rides, with a $10 min purchase. Sat. & Sun, 1-5 p.m., $20 unlimited wristband ride special each day.
Kibitzer August 29, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Just saw a couple weather forecasts. One shows nice, dry weather for the event. One showed a washout because of Issac. It is so hard to plan because of the variableness of our weather. I wonder which scenario will occur?
Jamie Lynn August 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
are there no fireworks this year?
Erin Sauder August 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Coordinators said since the festival is going an hour later (11 p.m.), they did not want to shoot fireworks and disrupt residents at a late evening hour. Instead of fireworks, they have added a free family BMX bicycle stunt show that will run four times on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Jillian Duchnowski August 31, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Another Hometown Days reminder: The Citizens Police Academy Alumni will hold their annual Duck Pluck fundraiser at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are 1 for $3, or 2 for $5. First prize is $500 and second is $250.
John Angelo August 31, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Thank you very much.
Jillian Duchnowski August 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Another Hometown Days reminder: The Yorkville Junior Women's Club craft show is still on (despite some unpleasant weather forecasts). They'll be in Town Square Park, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


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