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August 14, 2013 • 04:09:17 p.m.

Elburn Days to feature parade, music, food and more

By AL LAGATTOLLA - alagattolla@shawmedia.com

The Elburn Days Parade travels on Main Street in downtown Elburn last year. This year's event runs Friday through Sunday. (Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)

ELBURN – From Ronald McDonald in the opening-night parade to mud volleyball and an “American Idol”-inspired talent competition, the Elburn Lions Club’s annual party – Elburn Days – is expected to attract crowds to the village.

The festival will be Friday through Sunday, but there are some associated events that start as early as Thursday. For information and a detailed list of events, visit www.elburnlions.com.

As the group’s outgoing president, Pam Hall will be running this year’s event. Hall has been attending the festival for years, and she said it has appeal for many. There will be a beer tent, a truck and tractor pull, performances from live bands and a community stage, at which the Elburn Idol competition will play out.

“I think what makes it special is that we have a small-town atmosphere,” Hall said. “It’s the fact that you can have a family reunion or a class reunion, or you can meet new people and new friends. It’s enjoyable for people of all ages.”

The event’s kickoff is the parade that starts at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Elburn and runs south on Route 47 to Lions Park, at 500 Filmore St. in Elburn. But downtown Elburn will host a sidewalk sale starting at noon Thursday. That returns at 10 a.m. Friday, and there is a book sale at 9 a.m. Friday at Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn, as well as a rummage sale at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn.

Ronald McDonald will appear in the parade and perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the community stage. The beer tent opens at 5 p.m. the same day, and rides and food begin at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, a tractor pull starts at 11 a.m.; the Elburn Idol finalists start at 1:45 p.m.; and Back Country Roads will be the feature band at 8 p.m. There will be 4-H livestock judging at 8 a.m.

On Sunday, there is mud volleyball, a HobbyTown charity race, sponsored by HobbyTown USA, and 7th Heaven is the featured band at 7 p.m.

Among the standout features of the festival is the two-stage concept. There is a community stage, which hosts Elburn Idol and other events, such as a Hula Hoop contest and performances from local dance groups. Then on the main stage, prominent local bands provide entertainment.

“It’s kind of a menagerie of a lot of different things,” Hall said of what is offered at Elburn Days. “We try to keep it as family-friendly and festive as possible.”

This year, the Lions will ask for a $2 donation for parking. There is no mandatory parking fee, but the donations will help the Lions restore the park after the festival.

Hall said the festival is the most significant event the Lions Club puts on each year. She stressed that it is “sponsored 100 percent by the Lions Club.” And while the mission of any Lions Club is to help those who are visually impaired, she said the Elburn Club goes beyond that, including a literacy program, monthly free spaghetti meal events and help for those who are in need. The club also recently staged a free, two-day kids safety camp.

“We do a lot,” Hall said. “We try really hard. ... We do our best to help if somebody has a need.”

If you go

Elburn Days highlights
For a complete list of events, visit www.elburnlions.com
Lions Park is at 500 Filmore St., Elburn

Thursday
• Noon: Sidewalk sale, downtown Elburn, Route 47

Friday
• 8 a.m.: Rummage and bake sale, St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn.
• 9 a.m.: Book sale at Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn
• 10 a.m.: Sidewalk sale, downtown Elburn, Route 47
• 6 p.m.: Elburn Days parade, downtown Elburn, Route 47
• 7:30 p.m.: Ronald McDonald on the community stage, Lions Park
• 8 p.m.: Arra on the main stage, Lions Park

Saturday
• 8 a.m.: 5K run at Lions Park (registration at 7 a.m.)
• 9 a.m.: Book sale at Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn
* 11 a.m.: Truck and tractor pull, Lions Park
• 1:45 p.m.: "Elburn Idol" competition, community stage at Lions Park
• 6 p.m.: Bingo begins at Lions Park
• 8 p.m.: Back Country Roads on the main stage at Lions Park

Sunday
Events at Lions Park
• 9 a.m.: Community worship
• 10 a.m.: HobbyTown Charity Race
• 11 a.m.:  Pork chop and chicken dinner
• 11:30 a.m. Mud volleyball
• 2:15 p.m.: Ice cream eating contest
• 2:30 p.m.: Bingo begins
• 7 p.m.: 7th Heaven on the main stage


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