VolksFest draws people to Genoa Sept. 10-12

GENOA – The seventh annual VolksFest will have something for everyone in Genoa.

Events will take place Sept. 10-12 at David Carroll Memorial Park in Genoa, under the Country Financial Big Top.

The weekend is held in partnership with the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers and the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to many local sponsors. Money raised benefits the Genoa-Kingston Boy Scouts, sports boosters, fine arts boosters, fire department, Goodfellows, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and Genoa Veterans Home.

“Everyone is excited for VolksFest weekend, especially after not being able to hold it last year due to the pandemic,” said Krissy Johnson, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “It’s a way to fundraise for a number of different nonprofits in the community.”

On Friday, Rumble on the River, featuring Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling will take place from 7 to 10 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 5 to 12. Ages 4 and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased online or in person the day of the event. The event also will feature a beer truck and food trucks.

Saturday’s festivities begin with a Volksmarch. Volksmarch means “people’s march” in German and is a non-competitive fitness walk of either 6K or 10K. Participants in the free walk can begin between 8 and 11 a.m., with the walk ending by 2 p.m.

The Biergarten Craft Beer and Wine Festival begins at 2 p.m. Saturday for VIPs, general admission at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $25.

The event will feature samples from more than 20 craft beer breweries and wineries from within a 60-mile radius of Genoa. The Lennys will perform live music.

There will be a free shuttle bus service for Genoa and Kingston residents. Event attendees can be picked up from one of the designated bus stops and be returned directly to their residence at the end of the evening.

Sunday’s events begin with the Boy Scout Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per burrito.

The 18th annual Great Genoa Duck Race and Family Fun Day will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. More than 2,000 plastic ducks will be dumped into the Kishwaukee River. The first place duck will win $500, second place $200, third place $100 and last place $50. Ducks can be purchased the day of the race in Carroll Memorial Park or in advance at the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, Tobinson’s Ace Hardware, Resource Bank, Northern Illinois Rehab, Heartland Bank and First Midwest Bank. The duck launch will be held at 1 p.m.

The PTO Fun Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature paint ball, a Velcro wall, bounce houses, face painting, duck bingo, a money pit and the G-K Marching Band.

Brian Wallace, vice president of the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers and co-founder of the event, said VolksFest “is truly an event for everyone in Genoa.”

“The weekend of events is held not so much to make money, but to be affordable for everyone and to assist a bunch of local community organizations,” he said.

Carolyn Tobinson, president of the Kishwaukee Valley Wanderers and co-founder of the event, described VolksFest as “a lot of different opportunities for people in the community.”

“It’s also a way to draw people to our community,” she said. “Genoa is a smaller town, but we have a lot going on here. We have lots of friendly people and a great community. We want to showcase Genoa, that it’s a great place to live and work and play.”

For more information about VolksFest, visit www.genoavolksfest.org.

Katrina Milton

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.