PLAINFIELD – Plainfield Fest organizers expect bigger-than-ever crowds at the annual summer event that starts Friday.
Due to a good weather outlook and more high-profile programming, organizer Rob Epley from the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation said 12,000 to 15,000 people are expected to attend the carnival-like festival, which starts Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday.
“There are attractions, carnival rides, and we upped our talent with bands that will play at Plainfield Fest,” Epley said.
Changes this year include a much larger beer tent and food vendor area. At least 20 food vendors will be there.
Popular events – such as the best pizza contest and the bean bag tournament, one of the largest in the Midwest – will return to the festival. There will be no bingo because of a lack of volunteers, but the entertainment lineup is much better than previous years, Epley said.
“This really highlights our downtown,” Epley said. “It will highlight local restaurants and businesses. Businesses will still be open.”
Several road closures are planned from Friday through Sunday due to the festival.
According to a news release from Plainfield police, road closures started at 6 p.m. Thursday and will last until about 5 a.m. Monday.
Lockport Street between Route 59 and Fox River Street is closed to all traffic. Des Plaines Street is closed between Ottawa and Oak streets. Illinois Street is closed between the Plainfield Public Library and the alley just south of Lockport Street. And Chicago Street is closed between Illinois and Fox River streets.
The host riverfront foundation is overseeing the DuPage River redevelopment efforts. Proceeds from the festival will go toward the foundation. But several other organizations are also lending a hand.
“I thank the village of Plainfield,” Epley said. “We’ve got great support from the mayor, school district and library. The public works department, police and fire [departments] are what makes this a success every year.”
Festival parking is available at Plainfield Central High School, the library, Village Hall, Riverfront Park, First Midwest Bank and at municipal lots on Des Plaines Street. Handicapped parking is located on Lockport, Chicago and Des Plaines streets.
If you go
Entertainment lineup for Plainfield Fest
Bands perform live at Plainfield Fest Beer Tent at 15025 S. Des Plaines St., radio stations are live at Family Entertainment stage at 24103 W. Lockport St.
Friday, July 18
5 p.m. – North of Eight (band)
6 p.m. – 95.9 The River live
6:30 p.m. – Alter Ego (band)
8:30 p.m. – Junkyard Groove (band) at Family Entertainment Stage
9 p.m. – Spoken Four (band)
Saturday, July 19
10 a.m. – Business and Craft Expo at 24038 W. Lockport St.
Noon – Radio Disney live
2 p.m. – WLRA 88.1 The Start live
3 p.m. – KDL (band)
3:30 p.m. – Gruband (band)
4 p.m. – Q Rock 100.7 live
5:30 p.m. – Drunken Skunk (band)
6 p.m. – Star 96.7 live
7:30 p.m. – Walsher Clemons (band)
8:30 p.m. – Michael Heaton Acoustic (band)
9 p.m. – Arra (band)
Sunday, July 20
Noon – 98.3 WCCQ live, Business and Craft Expo
Noon – Midwest Bags Tournament at beer tent
1 p.m. – One of These Nights (band)
2 p.m. – Plainfield’s Best Pizza Contest at Family Entertainment Stage
2:30 p.m. – K-Hits 104.3 live