KANEVILLE – Get ready to have fun, Kaneville.
The 2014 Kaneville Fest is set to begin Thursday and is packed with such activities as a free movie night, a car show, a kids bike parade, eating contests, live musical entertainment, raffles and a fireworks show.
"Everything's falling into place," Kaneville Village President Pat Hill said Monday on the heels of participating in last weekend's Elburn Days.
Many festival events will take place near the Kaneville community building at 2S101 Harter Road. The nearby Hill's Country Store – which Hill owns and is also known as the Purple Store – will host some events as well, including a cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Between helping customers at her shop Monday morning, Hill said many aspects of Kaneville Fest will be the same as in previous years, but there will be some changes.
There won't be a craft show, she said, but the festival is bringing back the car show. The show is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and includes a $10 entry fee per car, Hill said. She said the proceeds will not only help pay for some aspects of the festival but will also benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.
Hill expects at least 50 to 75 cars.
"It all depends on the weather," she said.
A watermelon eating contest also has been added to Saturday's lineup of activities, Hill said. It will follow the ice cream eating contest, which is set for 3 p.m. She said the contests are for both kids and adults.
"They think it's something fun to do," Hill said.
The band Red Woody is set to provide Saturday night entertainment. Hill said she recently got confirmation that Nude Buddha will serve as the opening act at 5 p.m.
Kaneville Fest activities are free with the exception of the car show entry fee and the dinner provided by 5-B's Catering Service. Set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the meal is $12 for adults and $5 for the children's hot dog meal.
Tickets are also available for such raffle prizes as gift baskets and the 50/50 raffle. The cost is six for $5 or $1 each, Hill said.
A 9:30 a.m. Sunday community church service at the Kaneville United Methodist Church will conclude the festival.
If you go
Kaneville Fest runs Thursday through Sunday.
Many of the events take place near the Kaneville community building, which is at 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville. Some events are at Hill's Country Store, also known as the Purple Store, which is near the community building.
Here's a look at some of the activities planned:
• Community garage sales, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Free movie night featuring "Zookeeper," 8 p.m. Friday.
• Car show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Kids bike parade, 10 a.m. Saturday.
• Ice cream eating contest, 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Watermelon eating contest, 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Horse-drawn wagon rides, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Fireworks show, Saturday at dusk.