ROMEOVILLE – Laser tag and other new attractions come to RomeoFest this year while old staples like bingo and carnival rides return.
This year, RomeoFest is shaping up to be another big event taking place at the Romeoville Recreation Center, 900 W. Romeo Road, and municipal center grounds, 1050 W. Romeo Road. Festivities start Thursday at 5 p.m. and end Sunday night with fireworks at Village Park.
Romeoville Parks and Recreation Director Kelly Rajzer said the village expects 30,000 to 40,000 people to attend during the four days.
"With RomeoFest we want to give back to the community," Rajzer said. "You can come out and socialize and see what the fest has to offer."
Laser tag, a new addition to the festival, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Along with laser tag, the new video game truck is an addition to the festival. The truck will have several gaming platforms and video games for visitors and children wanting a break from carnival rides. It is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Popular events like bingo, family stage events, entrance to the beer tent and band performances are free.
The carnival entrance fee for anyone aged 11 years and older is $5 each, but there are exceptions. Parents accompanied by children under 11 get in free. Senior citizens also get free admission. People who pay $50 for a Mega Pass, which gives access to unlimited rides all four days, also do not pay admission to the carnival.
Rajzer noted that the Mega Pass price is the same as last year.
Also, there is no admission fee for people entering the carnival before 5 p.m. any day.
A shuttle bus service runs 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Bus pick-up locations include the Carillon Club House, Grand Haven community, Irene King Elementary, Kenneth L. Hermansen Elementary, Robert C. Hill Elementary, Romeoville High School and Volunteer Park.