Whether you are a fan of live music, car shows, parades, carnivals, great food, fishing or fireworks, you will be delighted as you spend the weekend of August 10th to the 12th enjoying the festivities in downtown Montgomery.
Food and craft vendors kick off the weekend at 5 pm on Friday in Montgomery Park, with the Montgomery Foundation’s beer booth in the food court open from 5-10 pm. The carnival will be offering a $20 wristband good for unlimited rides from 6-10 pm. The wildly popular country band Back Country Roads takes the stage at 6:30 pm and will perform until 10 pm.
If you arrive at the Fest early on Saturday, you can take advantage of the $20 wristband special good for unlimited rides from 11 am to 3 pm, or participate in the Downtown Walking Tour at 11 am. Settler’s Cottage will be open from 11 am to 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s Main Stage will host local talent at 12 pm when “Montgomery’s Got Talent” hits the stage. Judge for yourself and expect to be impressed! Fire department demonstrations at 12:30 pm in front of the Village Hall will captivate the attention of the younger kids. You also won’t want to miss the annual Montgomery Fire Department Water Fights at 1:30 pm in front of the Village Hall, or the chance to “Drive a Bot” from 12 -3 pm at the Robotics Scrimmage area in the VFW parking lot. They will also have a T-Shirt cannon demonstration at 1 pm! At 4 pm SciTech will present “What’s the Matter with Chemistry?” in front of the Main Stage. 95.9 The River’s Road Crew will be at the fest from 4-6:30 pm, so be sure to stop by their booth! The beer booth will be open again from noon-10 pm on Saturday.
Saturday’s musical entertainment kicks off at 2 pm on the Main Stage with The Rack & The Riddler, a 90’s cover band. You also won’t want to miss the high energy performance at 5 pm by LAVA Rock (Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Van Halen and AC/DC), and this day of great music wraps up with Semple performing at 8 pm. This energetic band features the vocals of Keith Semple, formerly with 7th Heaven and a semi-finalist on The Voice, and has performed 150 shows a year around the world since 2013.
Sunday, August 12th, will provide a wide range of events and activities sure to please everyone. The day kicks off early with a 6 am start time for the Family Fun Carp Fishing Derby and 8 am registration for the Car Show in Austin Park. Dabylon will kick off the entertainment on the main stage from 11:30-12:30, and then the Montgomery Fest Parade, led by Grand Marshal Gary Beyer, begins at 1 pm on Sunday at Main and Mill Street, continuing south to Watkins, over to River Street and back up to Mill. This year’s parade will include a performance by the 180-member East Aurora High School Band in addition to other local favorites. Winners of the Car Show will be announced at Austin Park at 3 pm and at 5:30 pm Mr. Freeze will entertain the crowd by freezing and blowing things up in front of the main stage.
A highlight of Sunday’s entertainment will be the amazing Mudslingers BMX Stunt Team, with performances at 3 and 5 pm in front of the Village Hall. These stunt riders know how to entertain and keep an audience on their edge of their seats!
The Montgomery Foundation’s beer booth will be open from noon-9 pm on Sunday. Sunday’s Main Stage will feature a second show by Dabylon from 2-3pm, followed by the Tin Fiddle Band at 3:30 pm. The fun continues as Whiskeyfist takes the stage at 6:30 pm with their country and rock covers. The fun-filled weekend concludes Sunday evening with an amazing fireworks show beginning at 9 pm.
Of course, Montgomery Fest always includes everyone’s favorites: the carnival, food vendors, craft and vendor booths, and petting zoo. Community Christian Church will host a family tent offering diaper changing and rest areas, along with free water. Parking downtown is limited, so take advantage of the free shuttle bus service to downtown Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday from Lakewood Creek Elementary School and from the parking lot in front of UHaul on Douglas Road. Busses will run about every half hour from 11 am until about 10 pm both days. It all adds up to a fantastic weekend you won’t want to miss!
You can visit the Village’s website at www.ci.montgomery.il.us to print a Montgomery Fest brochure. The Village of Montgomery would also like to recognize and thank this year’s Montgomery Fest sponsors who make this community event possible, particularly our Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fox Valley Park District, Aurora University, 95.5 The River, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, LRS/DC Trash of Illinois, The Lakone Company, The Montgomery Foundation, Walmart, Aurora Township, Blain’s Farm and Fleet, ComEd, Engineering Enterprises, Engler, Callaway, Bastian, et al., Euclid Beverage, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, Montgomery VFW, Oswego Ledger and Rasmussen College.