This weekend’s West Dundee Heritage Fest offers three days of late summer and early fall fun – Chicago Tribune

Heritage Fest, the ancestor of the Elgin region’s late summer and early autumn celebrations, takes place this weekend in the inner city area of ​​West Dundee and in Grafelman Park .

Kicking off Friday night, the long-running event will feature plenty of live music, food and family activities. The only thing missing will be the fireworks display, which had to be canceled because the cost was too high, said village manager Joe Cavallaro.

“That would have been more than the entire entertainment budget allocated to the event,” Cavallaro said.

Still, there’s still a cornucopia of things to see and do, including 14 musical acts performing over the weekend in the North First Street parking lot along the Fox River.

The music begins Friday with The Student Body from 6-8:15 p.m., followed by country band Madison County from 9-11 p.m.

Saturday’s seven acts begin with the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band, who take the stage at 10 a.m., and end with party rockers The Sofa Kings playing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the headliner performance Hi Infidelity from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, The Starlites, a jazz combo, gets the ball rolling with a show from 8am to 9am and The Lennys! close the festival with a performance from 3 to 5 p.m.

Other prints include:

  • An arts and crafts fair featuring approximately 100 vendors set up on Lincoln Avenue will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • A cornhole tournament takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Grafelman Park.
  • A car show is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the 100 block of South Second Street.
  • Dundee Township Lions Clubs are hosting a 5k run and 1.6 mile walk starting at 8am on Saturday. It starts in West Dundee city centre, heads south to South End Park and back through East Dundee.
  • A pancake breakfast hosted by the Dundee Township Lions Club will be held downtown, near the Squire Village, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A number of vendors will be selling food and drink, and a business and non-profit expo will take place all weekend.

Cavallaro said Heritage Fest has been a village tradition for about 30 years, drawing thousands to the village.

“We are excited for this year. So far the weather forecast is looking pretty good,” he said.

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Mike Danahey is a freelance writer for The Courier-News.

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