The Silhouettes

The Silhouettes, including Rich LeDuke, left. and Jerry Downs, will perform on behalf of the River Valley Special Recreation Association on Friday night at the Quality Inn & Suites in Bradley.

The time has come once again for the 17th annual Two Rivers Festival.

On Saturday, the village of Aroma Park will be holding the festival — a family-friendly event that provides food, music, crafts and games.

The festival kicks off with a 10 a.m. baking contest at the Aroma Park United Methodist Church (105 N. Division St.) and a parade at 11 a.m.

This year, there will be some noticeable differences.

“This festival is free and we’re keeping prices down. This is a day full of activities and great fun,” said Aroma Park Mayor Brian Stump. “Kids will get to have one last weekend of fun before they have to go back to school.”

This year, people who attend the festival will notice its different location and find it to be more accessible.

“Instead of holding the festival at the campground, we’re holding everything downtown,” said Stump, who will be taking part in a dunk tank from 1 to 3 p.m. “I believe it’ll increase the crowds. Those that live in town will be able to walk to the festival.”

Festival attendees will find new offerings, such as a health and wellness fair at the Aroma Park Fire Department and a watermelon-eating contest, with sign-ups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aroma Park United Methodist Church. There also will be a car show from noon to 3 p.m., a bags tournament at 1 p.m. and a softball tournament on the Little League field, with a $500 prize. For more information, call 815-471-2777.

Here is a schedule of festivities:

Saturday

  • Health and Wellness Fair, Fire Station, 10 a.m.
  • Parade and flag raising, 11 a.m.
  • Beer tent, noon
  • Car Show, noon
  • Train rides, $2 per person, noon.
  • Dunk tank, 1 p.m.
  • Live entertainment from Mick Porter, main stage, 1 p.m.
  • Live entertainment from Just Roll With It, main stage, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Watermelon-eating contest, 4 p.m.
  • Meet the new police K-9, 5 p.m.
  • Live entertainment from the Silhouettes, main stage, 7 p.m.
  • Fireworks, 9 p.m.
  • Live entertainment from Coopers Grove, main stage, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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