Edwardsville festival hopes for sunshine
Rides, mouse races, music and more family fun is planned this weekend at Edwardsville City Park, 1100 Blake Street, for the 3rd Annual Edwardsville Days Festival.
Organized by the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce, Edwardsville Days events begin at 5 p.m. Friday night and will run until Revelation, a Journey Tribute Band, plays its last song around 10:30 p.m. Events begin again Saturday with the Kiwanis Club Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with a parade kicking off festival events at 10 a.m. and the carnival running until 4 p.m.
Regina Utter, chamber executive director, said because this year’s children’s carnival will be free, thanks to a generous donation from the city of Edwardsville, the chamber hopes it will be easier for carnival-goers to contribute to a new fundraising event, the Mouse Races.
Utter said for $3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, people can place a bet on a mouse in any of six races, with a final championship race at the end. Those whose mouse wins the championship race will split the winnings, which will be half of the total funds brought in through betting.
The other half of the funds raised will be donated to Edwardsville Elementary School.
One new event that was announced earlier this year will not take place, however. Utter said plans for a children’s pageant didn’t come to fruition, due to a low response.
The children’s carnival will run from 5 to 9 p.m., as will craft and food vendors. A beer garden will begin at 5 p.m. for those who plan to come for free concerts beginning at 6:45 p.m.: Local musician Blake Tuttle, area band Groove Pilots and Revelation, a Journey tribute band.
Festival goers will get to enjoy the smells, if not the tastes, of the 5th Annual Smokin’ in the Ville BBQ Competition, which will be moved back into the city park after being moved to a nearby parking lot last year. Competitors will start showing up at noon Friday, with the competition running through Saturday.
Saturday’s events will begin with the Kiwanis Club Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Edwardsville Elementary, 1700 S. 104th St. Tickets are $10.
Anyone who would like to take place in the Edwardsville Days Parade can meet at City Hall at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will begin making its way to the city park at 10 a.m.
The carnival and craft and food vendors also will open at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., along with a touch-a-truck opportunity with Edwardsville emergency vehicles.
Local performers and the Edwardsville Idol karaoke event will take the stage from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The homemade chili, pie and salsa competition begins at noon at the park shelter house; entries must be delivered there by 11:45 a.m. The winners of this contest, as well as the barbecue contest, will be announced at 3 p.m.
Utter thanked chamber members Kaylene Rindom of Bank Midwest and John Williamson, dentist, for helping her lead the festival’s organization, and Edwardsville city employees for providing support.
“People often don’t realize that this event may be little, but it takes a lot to put it together,” she said.
A chance of rain once again is in the forecast for the weekend, but Utter said the chamber plans for events to continue no matter the weather.
For more information about the Edwardsville Days events, visit bsedwchamber.org or email email@example.com.