Yorkville Hometown Days Festival
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2The 2018 Hometown Days Festival is a family oriented event that provides entertainment the entire family can enjoy! We are excited to bring back again this year the past favorites including the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition, Baby Contest, Baggapalooza, Big Band & BBQ, Pride and Joy Car Show and an exciting lineup of Musical Entertainment as well as several NEW ATTRACTIONS including Pet Fest and Live Band Karaoke! Please visit the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Facebook Page for up to date festival information. Admission to the festival is $2 after 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
BEECHER COMMUNITY PARK
(908 Game Farm Rd, Yorkville, IL 60560)
Schedule of Events
About the Festival
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS
Live Musical Entertainment
Thursday, August 30th
Yorkville Big Band (6:30-8:30pm)
Friday, August 31st
Austin French (6pm-7:15pm)
Paul May Comedy (6pm-7:15pm)
Citizen Way (8pm-9:30pm)
Saturday, September 1st
Dixie Crush (Noon-3pm)
Live Band Karaoke (4pm-7pm)
Mike and Joe (8pm-10pm)
7th Heaven (4:30pm-6:30pm)
Sunday, September 2nd
Ultimate Air Dogs Competition
Friday, August 31st - Sunday, September 2nd
Enjoy a spectacular show of courage and athletics from dogs and their owners as they jump off a dock after a frisbee into a pool of water. Come as a spectator or compete with your own dog! Competitor registration is taken online at the Ultimate Air Dogs Website or onsite during the festival. All dogs are welcome; they only have to know how to swim. For more information on the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition, please visit Ultimate Air Dogs' website or contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357.
Wristband Ride Special Saturday & Sunday (1-5pm)
The 2018 carnival is provided by DRS Skinners' Amusements. For more information on DRS Skinners' Amusements please visit their website. A $20 Wristband Special is available from 1pm-5pm on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. Wristbands allow unlimited rides from 1pm-5pm for $20 per rider per day.
Yorkville Junior Women's Fall Craft Show
Saturday, September 1st (Noon-6pm) & Sunday, September 2nd (11am-6pm)
With over 50 vendors in attendance, you are sure to find that perfect item you've been searching for. For more information or to become a craft show vendor, please contact the Teresa Wedeen by phone at 630-605-1546 or by email.
Saturday, September 1st & Sunday, September 2nd (Noon-6pm)
Advanced Disposal Family Area
The family area will feature bounce houses, Touch-A-Truck, and Jacob's Well free comfort station. Come cool off with Jacob's Well or bring your kids for a fun and free time in the bounce houses. The family area will be open from noon-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Big Band and BBQ
Thursday, August 30th (4:30-8:30pm)
Enjoy 5-B's BBQ Pork and Chicken for $13/Dinner or $25/Two Dinners from 4:30-6:30pm while enjoying a live performance by the Yorkville Big Band from 6:30-8:30pm. Carry out is also available. All proceeds go to support programs and services provided by Senior Services Associates. For more information please call Senior Services at 630-553-5777. Meal tickets are on sale at the Beecher Community Center (908 Game Farm Rd, Yorkville).
Friday, August 31st (5:30pm)
Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department for the cutest crowd favorite. The baby contest is an annual tradition that brings in the youngest of crowds. This year's baby contest will be held on Friday, August 31st at 5:30pm. Registration will begin at 5:15. Participants may register for up to two categories and will be divided up by gender. There will be two age divisions: 0-9 months and 10-18 months. Download the Baby Contest Flier to see the categories and more information.
NEW! Pet Fest
Saturday, September 1st (10am-2pm)
Join us for this unFURgettable family event brought to you by Mid-Day Play including the Strut Your Mutt Competition, Dog Shows, and fun activities for you favorite furry family member! The Pet Fest will be held on Saturday, September 1st from 10am-2pm near the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition at Yorkville Hometown Days.
Strut Your Mutt Competition (10:30am)
Show us why your pet is the best around as they compete for the title in fun categories (listed below). Registration begins at 10am with the competition starting at 10:30am. All pets are welcome; however, must have all valid tags, and be leashed or caged at all times.
Strut Your Mutt Categories: Largest, Smallest, Furriest, Longest Tail, Most Beautiful Eyes, Best Trick (10 Seconds), Most Unique/Interesting, Owner/Pet Look-A-Like, and Best Costume.
How Do You See Your Dog? (11:30am-Noon)
Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Or what s/he is trying to tell you? Or how they are feeling? Are dogs TRULY happy when they wag their tails? As someone who reads dog conversations all day long, every day, Lanette from Mid-Day Play will explain the subtle nuances of dog behavior and communication.
Barney Dog Bakery Treat Tasting (Noon-2pm)
Let your dog's taste buds explore a variety of homemade, all natural dog treats from Barney Dog Bakery! For $5/pet you will receive 7 treats including:
*Grain Free Mini Chickpea Cupcakes
*Pumpkin Puppy Paw
*Grain Free Cheesy Bacon Bone
*Porkalicious Pulled Pork
*Peanut Butter Bone
*Dizzle Nibbles Peanut Butter Beets
Robin's Dog Stars (Noon-12:45pm)
Watch Cedar, the Border Collie, and Gracie, the black Labrador, as they perform over 50 tricks in this entertaining and interactive dog show!
Mid-Day Play Zone (Noon-2pm)
Does your dog play well with others? If so, Mid-Day Play will be available to help you understand if your dog is exhibiting appropriate play behavior while in a fun, controlled and safe fenced in area. Participating dogs must have all valid tags.
Paw Patrol's Chase & Marshall (Noon-2pm)
Meet and takes pictures with your favorite four-legged heroes, Paw Patrol's Chase and Marshall! Chase will be availalble from Noon-1pm and Marshall from 1-2pm in the Advanced Disposal Family Area! Participants are responsible to take their own pictures, as professional photography will not be available.
Mid-Day Play Pet Services, LLC
Saturday, September 1st (Noon-4pm)
The Hometown Days Bags Tournament is a growing tradition that is always a big hit. The tournament features plenty of cash prizes. This year's Baggapalooza Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 1st starting at 1pm with registration starting at noon. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The tournament costs $25 per person and $50 per team.
Black Dog Distillery
Saturday, September 1st (2-5pm)
The Black Dog Distillery Tasting is back by popular demand. The tasting will be held on Saturday, September 1st from 2pm-5pm under the beer tent. The tasting costs $10 per person which includes 3 tastings of different types of rum and vodka manufactured by Black Dog Distillery as well as 2 mixed cocktails.
NEW! Live Band Karaoke
Saturday, September 1st (4-7pm)
Have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of being your favorite rockstar or band, and sing LIVE AND ON STAGE to a crowd of people? Here's your chance! On Saturday, September 1st at the Hometown Days Festival, Live Band Karaoke will be ready to make your dreams come true! Register now for free and reserve your spot; however, day-of registration will be taken as time allows. View the Song List with over 300 songs available!
Dempsey Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Pride and Joy Car Show
Sunday, September 2nd (9am-1pm)
The Pride and Joy Car Show brings in over 100 cars annually. The show is hosted by a live DJ and features classic cars of a variety of makes and models.This year's car show will be held on Sunday, September 2nd from 9am-2pm in the Beecher Community Center Parking lot. Each car entered in the show is put into a specific category based on make, model, the year it was manufactured, and if it has had any alterations. Participants may pre-register at www.yorkville.il.us/register. Download the Car Show Flier for a full list of categories.
Coffee with the Council
Sunday, September 2nd (9-11am)
Join Mayor Golinski and the Yorkville City Council for a morning of coffee and conversation on Sunday, September 2nd during the Yorkville Hometown Days Festival and Trinity United Methodist Breakfast!
Brenart Eye Clinic Craft Beer Tasting
Sunday, September 2nd (1-5pm)
This year's Craft Beer Tasting will be held on Sunday, September 2nd from 1pm-5pm under the beer tent. Listen to some great music as you sample a variety of local craft beers. The Hometown Days Craft Beer Tasting costs $15/person or $25/couple and includes a souvenir tasting glass, 6 three-ounce tastes, and 1 fourteen-ounce glass of your choice. You do not need to register for this tasting. Simply stop by the beer tent between 1pm-5pm and enjoy some great craft beer from local breweries.
Sunday, September 2nd (Noon-3:00pm)
The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department welcomes local dance and theater companies to perform for short periods during the Yorkville Hometown Days Festival. If your organization or company would like to perform at the 26th Annual Hometown Days Festival please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357.
The Parks and Recreation Department is always looking for volunteers to help with this massive event. Volunteering is a great way to build a sense of community and help out your local Parks and Recreation Department. If you are interested in volunteering for the 26th Annual Hometown Days Festival please contact Shay at the Parks and Recreation Department at (630)553-4357 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vendors and Exhibitors
The 26th annual Hometown Days Committee is currently accepting application for vendors and exhibitors for the 2018 festival. If you are interested in being a vendor or exhibitor please download and complete the vendor or exhibitor application. Completed applications with payment can be returned to the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department (201 W Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville, Illinois, 60560) or emailed to Shay at email@example.com. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee entrance into the festival. Once applications are received, they will be reviewed by the Hometown Days Committee. Vendors will receive email correspondence confirming or denying their acceptance to the festival once a decision is made.
The Following Items are not allowed inside the main festival grounds:
- Pets(Service Animals Permitted)
The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is excited to offer you a great marketing opportunity during the Hometown Days Festival scheduled for August 31 through September 2. We would like to invite you to be a part of this long-standing Yorkville Festival and become a sponsor! In order to increase the exposure to sponsoring businesses, the festival committee is offering new sponsorship opportunities this year. For a full explanation of the available sponsorship opportunities please download the 2018 sponsorship brochure(coming soon). Your sponsorship helps bring a sense of hometown pride and community as we celebrate the end of summer. It also brings you exposure to the thousands of people through marketing materials and to over 20,000 patrons who attend Hometown Days Festival. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shay by phone at 630-553-4357 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . For a full list of sponsorship terms and policies please review the sponsorship terms and policies document.
The best option for parking is in the designated grass area next to the track.
Other locations include:
- Beecher Center
- Yorkville City Hall
- The Yorkville Public Library
- Yorkville High School
- Yorkville Freshman Academy
Beer Table Sponsors Diamond Sponsor
Family Area Sponsor
Craft Beer Tasting Sponsor
Puppy Platform Sponsor
Car Show Sponsor