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Top 3 things to do at this year's Grove Fest

DOWNERS GROVE – Downtown Downers Grove will be the center of the action again THursday through Sunday when the annual GroveFest returns. And, as in past years, there is something for just about everyone.

Enjoy all-you-can-ride carnival specials

This year the carnival and midway will once again kick off the weekend from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Like in years past, adults and kids can have a full night of all-you-can-ride for $23/person that night.

The carnival and midway will open again from noon until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon until 10:30 p.m. Sunday. On Friday, children will be able to take advantage of “children pay only one price” from noon until 4 p.m. The cost is $18.

From noon until 4:30 p.m. Sunday its unlimited rides for all ages again for $23. On non-unlimited days, rides cost between two and four tickets per person per ride. Tickets are $1.25 each, or 22 tickets for $25 or 55 tickets for $60.

Sip on specially-brewed craft beer

Emmett’s Ale House has partnered with the Rotary Club of Downers Grove to feature two specialty craft beers at the festival. The first is the popular 1 A.M. ale, and the second is a special brewing of GroveFest Summer Bock. The two beers will be featured along with others for adults 21 and over in the beer garden and Wenzel Select Properties Entertainment Area.

The 1 A.M. ale was named for local mortgage company 1st Advantage Mortgage, and it was described as a British-style ale with a medium malt body produced with domestic base malt and fine British caramel malts. The malt flavors are balanced by a "mildly-assertive hop bitterness and flavor courtesy of Northern Brewer hops," according to a press release. The session beer is smooth and has a relatively-low alcohol content.

The other special brew, Emmett’s GroveFest Summer Bock, has a dense white head, and a deep straw color, featuring fresh and spicy German hops and rich, aromatic German malt. The Bock is somewhat full bodied, according to festival organizers, with a warm malt character and "subtle honey-like quality."

Attend the Festival of Cars

The Festival of Cars will return to Grove Fest for the 31st year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Forrest and Warren avenues. The car show features dash plaques and goodie bags for the first 200 entries, along with door prizes. There are 19 trophy classes, and six special trophies. Entries pre-registered before Friday will get a free lunch and two-for-one entertainment passes. The entry fee is $20, which includes entrance to the festival as well.


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