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Oglesby Fun Fest returns June 17-20

Vendors will take precautions to ensure safety

Mayor Dom Rivara had said Oglesby Summer Fun Fest was a go this year. Now, the mask mandate has been eased and families can enjoy the four-day festival as safely as ever.

Oglesby Summer Fun Fest runs June 17-20 at the Oglesby pool grounds. The four-day festival includes a carnival and midway, kid-friendly activities, live entertainment and closes with a fireworks display.

Rivara said he checked with the carnival company and they assured him they’ll adhere to all required infection controls. Concessionaires working inside food trucks will be masked. The ride operators will be outside and won’t wear masks but will wipe down the rides regularly.

“It seems like we’re in good shape,” Rivara said.

The family-friendly event provides free entertainment including live music with no cover charge. Residents from across North Central Illinois are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the many free entertainment acts.

Volunteers are needed and are asked to call City Hall at 815-883-3389.

Thursday, June 17

The carnival and midway will be 6-10 p.m. Unlimited ride wristbands are $25.

Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Neverly Brothers, followed by Purple Veins, a Prince tribute act, at 9 p.m.

Friday, June 18

The craft and vendor show is 5-9 p.m.

The carnival and midway resumes 5-11 p.m. with unlimited ride wristbands for $25.

Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. with Hey Cowboy, followed by Ethan Bell at 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 19

The Craft & Vendor Sale is noon-6 p.m., and the carnival and midway resumes 1-11 p.m. with unlimited ride wristbands for $30.

New this year is Foam Party in the Park (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) for kids 13 and under. The event features a foam cannon plus music by Boomin DJ and Magic by Cory.

Live entertainment begins early Saturday with the Free Range Chickens taking the stage at 3 p.m., followed by Born on the Bayou (a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival) at 5:30 p.m. and Poison d’Crue at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 20

The Craft & Vendor Sale runs noon-6 p.m.

The Carnival & Midway resumes 1-9 p.m. with unlimited ride wristbands for $30.

Live music resumes at 1 p.m. with Craig Gerdes followed by Recycle the Day at 3:30 p.m. and concluding with 303 at 6:30 p.m.

At 9 p.m., the 50/50 Drawing Winner Announced, followed by a gigantic fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.