Village: Montgomery Fest to return ‘better than ever’

Full entertainment line-up set one year after pandemic forced cancellation of popular downtown celebration

The Village of Montgomery has announced the 36th annual Montgomery Fest community celebration will return to the village’s downtown along the banks of the Fox River the weekend of Aug. 13-15.

In a press statement, village officials announced a “better than ever fest” in the wake of last year’s fest cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.l

Featured events will include live entertainment, a carnival, food, beer tent, fishing derby, parade, car show, fireworks, and more.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided to the fest on Saturday and Sunday from two locations for easy access and parking: Lakewood Creek Elementary School at 2301 Lakewood Creek Drive and the U-Haul Parking Lot at 1900 Douglas Road, near Douglas Road and Route 30. Shuttle buses will run about every half hour from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.. Limited parking for the fest is available on the street and in the Lyon Metal parking lot at 421 N. Main Street, just west of the fest grounds.

The fest will feature a new layout, bringing the stage into the park so festgoers can enjoy the shade and Fox River views. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for spreading out and social distancing.

The Fox Valley Park District and Oswegoland Park District will offer free fitness in the park on both Saturday and Sunday mornings for all ages and abilities.

On Saturday, the Montgomery & Countryside Fire Protection District will have a Touch A Fire Truck on River Street preceding their crowd’s favorite water fights for kids to come to see the trucks up close, while the BMX Bike Stunt Shows on Sunday afternoon will amaze and thrill viewers of all ages. A full schedule of events is listed below and kept up to date on the village’s website, montgomeryil.org.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13

5-10P | Beer Tent, Food Vendors, Carnival - $25 carnival wristbands good all evening

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

· 5:30-7:30P IPOP

· 8-10P Cowboy Jukebox

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14

10A-10P | Food Vendors

11A-10P | Carnival - $25 carnival wristbands good from 11A-4P

12-10P | Beer Tent

FUN FOR ALL AGES

· 10-10:45A | Zumba® in the Park with Fox Valley Park District

· 11A-7P | Petting Zoo

· 12:45-1:30P | Touch a Fire Truck with Montgomery & Countryside Fire Protection District

· 1:30-3P | Fire Department Water Fights

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

· 11A-12:30P | The Lennys

· 1-3P | Fletcher Rockwell

· 3:30-5P | Industrial Drive

· 5:30-7:30P | Evil BurritoMon

· 8-10P | Semple

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15

10A-9P | Food Vendors

11A-9P | Carnival- $25 carnival wristbands good from 11A-4P

12-9P | Beer Tent

FUN FOR ALL AGES

· 6A-2P | Carp Fishing Derby

· 10A-3P | Car Show at Austin Park

· 10-10:30A | Boot Camp in the Park with Oswegoland Park District

· 10:30-11A | Zumba® in the Park with Oswegoland Park District

· 11A-7P | Petting Zoo

· 12P | Jimmy Jamz Kids Show in front of Village Hall

· 1P | Parade Step-Off from Main & Madison

· 3P & 5P | BMX Bike Stunt Show in front of Village Hall

· 9P | Fireworks

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

· 2-4P | Lava Rock

· 4:30-6:30P | The Indigos

· 7-9P | Hello Weekend

All activities take place at Montgomery Park, corner of River and Mill Street unless otherwise noted. The beer tent is hosted by the Montgomery Foundation and located in Food Vendor Row along River Street between Mill St. and Taylor St. ATMs are located onsite near the food vendors, in Village Hall, and at the carnival.

The village of Montgomery would like to recognize and thank this year’s Montgomery Fest sponsors who make this community event possible, notably Diamond, Gold, and Silver Sponsors: Aurora University (Diamond Partner), Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Engineering Enterprises, Inc., The Lakone Company, Montgomery Foundation, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, SecondSale Books, Aurora Township, Chiquita Food Market, Feeding Frenzy, Golden China Buffet, Gray’s Mill Estate, Massacre Haunt, Inc., MetroNet, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi, Lenert & Julien P.C., Orchard Road Animal Hospital, Performance Foodservice, State Farm Loreto Arzola, Walmart, and Waubonsee College. Additionally, they would like to thank Fox Valley Park District for their continued support of this fest by providing the beautiful Montgomery & Austin Parks as the background for the fest.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved at Montgomery Fest, visit montgomeryil.org.