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Montgomery Fest opens Friday evening in village's downtown

Longtime public works official Gary Beyer to be parade grand marshal

Montgomery’s annual summer community celebration, Montgomery Fest, returns to the village’s downtown this weekend, Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12.

As in the past, this year’s fest will feature a wide variety of entertainment for all ages, food booths, live music, a car show, carnival, carp fishing on the Fox River, parade, fireworks and more.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Food and craft vendors kick off the weekend at 5 p.m. Friday in Montgomery Park, with the Montgomery Foundation’s beer booth in the food court open from 5 to 10 p.m. The carnival will be offering a $20 wristband good for unlimited rides from 6 to 10 p.m. The country band Back Country Roads takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. and will perform until 10 p.m.

If you arrive at the fest early on Saturday, you can take advantage of the $20 wristband special good for unlimited rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or participate in the Downtown Walking Tour at 11 a.m. Settler’s Cottage will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 

Saturday’s Main Stage will host local talent at noon when “Montgomery’s Got Talent” hits the stage. Judge for yourself and expect to be impressed.

Fire department demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Village Hall will captivate the attention of the younger kids. You also won’t want to miss the annual Montgomery Fire Department water fights at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Village Hall, or the chance to “Drive a Bot” from noon to 3 p.m. at the Robotics Scrimmage area in the VFW parking lot. They will also have a T-shirt cannon demonstration at 1 p.m.

At 4 p.m., SciTech will present “What’s the Matter with Chemistry?” in front of the Main Stage. The beer booth will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday’s musical entertainment kicks off at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage with The Rack & The Riddler, a ‘90s cover band, followed at 5 p.m. by LAVA Rock (Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Van Halen and AC/DC), and Semple performs at 8 p.m. The band features the vocals of Keith Semple, formerly with 7th Heaven and a semifinalist on “The Voice.” He has performed 150 shows a year around the world since 2013.

Sunday, Aug. 12, starts early with a 6 a.m. start time for the Family Fun Carp Fishing Derby and 8 a.m. registration for the car show in Austin Park. Dabylon will kick off the entertainment on the main stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The grand marshal for this year’s Montgomery Fest parade will be Gary Beyer, who recently retired as streets supervisor after a busy 33-year career with the Public Works Department.

The parade, led by Beyer, begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Main and Mill streets, continuing south to Watkins Avenue, over to River Street and back up to Mill.

Beyer was chosen as parade grand marshal in recognition of his work with the village’s public works department.

This year’s parade will include a performance by the 180-member East Aurora High School Band, in addition to other local favorites.

Winners of the car show will be announced at Austin Park at 3 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., Mr. Freeze will entertain the crowd by freezing and blowing things up in front of the main stage.

A highlight of Sunday’s entertainment will be the Mudslingers BMX Stunt Team, with performances at 3 and 5 p.m. in front of the Village Hall. These stunt riders know how to entertain and keep an audience on their edge of their seats. 

The Montgomery Foundation’s beer booth will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s Main Stage will feature a second show by Dabylon from 2 to 3 p.m., followed at 3:30 p.m. by the Tin Fiddle Band. Whiskeyfist takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. to perform country and rock covers. The weekend concludes Sunday evening with a fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m.

Of course, Montgomery Fest always includes the carnival, food vendors, craft and vendor booths, and petting zoo.

Community Christian Church will host a family tent offering diaper changing and rest areas, along with free water.

Parking downtown is limited, so take advantage of the free shuttle bus service to downtown Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday from Lakewood Creek Elementary School and from the parking lot in front of U-Haul on Douglas Road. Buses will run about every half hour from 11 a.m. until about 10 p.m. both days.

You can visit the village’s website at to print a Montgomery Fest brochure.

“The village of Montgomery would also like to recognize and thank this year’s Montgomery Fest sponsors who make this community event possible,” said a news release from the village, “particularly our Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fox Valley Park District, Aurora University, 95.5 The River, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, LRS/DC Trash of Illinois, The Lakone Company, The Montgomery Foundation, Walmart, Aurora Township, Blain’s Farm and Fleet, ComEd, Engineering Enterprises, Engler, Callaway, Bastian, et al., Euclid Beverage, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, Montgomery VFW, Oswego Ledger and Rasmussen College.”

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