Oglesby Summer Fun Fest is back this week with plenty of entertainment. Music acts run through the weekend as does a midway and carnival.

Do you feel lucky? If so, come hear a Tom Petty tribute band Sunday night and then stick around to see who’ll win a swelling jackpot.

Oglesby Summer Fun Fest returns Father’s Day weekend. A meticulously-clean carnival and midway will be available Thursday through Sunday with free live entertainment and family-oriented activities all four days.

“The celebration in Oglesby is almost like the official kickoff to summer,” Mayor Dom Rivara said.

“It’s become a rite of passage: You went and enjoyed it when you were a kid, and now you enjoy it with your kids and grandkids.”

The midway opens at dinnertime Thursday, with a variety of food vendors present throughout the weekend serving fan favorites such as Italian beef, bacon-wrapped shrimp and all kinds of fried treats. Then, enjoy Hairbangers Ball (1980s metal) followed by Southbound and Company (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute).

Friday kicks off with city-wide garage sales all day long. Pick up maps at the library, city hall or Casey’s General Store. Then, come to the stage area to catch The Boat Drunks, whose repertoire includes the music of Jimmy Buffett, followed by Mike & Joe covering modern pop.

City-wide garage sales resume Saturday along with a craft and vendor show and an evening car show at The Root Beer Stand. On stage, enjoy the music of Johnny Cash with Cash Unchained followed by country and rock with RockStar Rodeo and then the headliner, The Ethan Bell Band, Chicago-based contemporary country.

Mother Nature won’t spoil this year’s fun, but recent rains have moved all events off the soggy grass and onto dry areas adjacent to Lehigh Park. The Kids Party in the Park has been moved to the Oglesby Elks Shelter.

The Kids Party will be Saturday afternoon featuring Magic by Cory and free activities including face painting, snow cones, crafts, bubbles, hula hoops, sand box, balloons, watermelon slices donated by Hy-Vee and coupons for free ice cream cones donated by the Root Beer Stand.

Sunday entertainment kicks off with the Higgins Brothers Band performing country-rock, then 303 and concludes with Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty Tribute).

The festival concludes with fireworks at dusk and the citywide 50/50 drawing. Tickets will be sold right up to the drawing, but will be available only at the festival grounds beginning Thursday.

Through Wednesday, 50/50tickets may be purchased at city hall. Last year’s winner was nearly $10,000 and organizers hope to top that.

Volunteers still are needed. Anyone interested in helping can call (815) 883-3389.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_Court.


Tom Collins is the NewsTribune Senior Reporter. He can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.

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