BATAVIA – Windmill City Festival will offer more fun next month. An extra night of activities has been added to the festival, which will take place from July 10 to 13. Activities are centered on the Batavia Riverwalk at Houston Street and Island Avenue in downtown Batavia.
The festival will open a day earlier, on a Thursday instead of a Friday.
"We just wanted to give people an extra day of fun," said Kari Felkamp, director of marketing and public relations for the Batavia Park District. The Windmill City Festival is organized by the Batavia Park District, Batavia Chamber of Commerce and the city of Batavia.
The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. July 10 with a Batavia Chamber of Commerce networking mixer.
"Hopefully that will bring a big crowd down," Felkamp said. The festival's beer garden also will open at 6 p.m.
The country band Back Country Roads will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. that day.
Windmill City Festival will feature new activities, such as Live Band Karaoke, which will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. July 12.
"People can get up and sing with a live band," Felkamp said.
Organizers have brought back the Touch-A-Truck event, where kids of all ages will be able to explore a variety of vehicles from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 12. That day will be chock full of activities, including the popular pet parade, which will be at 10 a.m. Registration will be near the main stage from 9:15 to 9:50 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded in such categories as best trick, fastest wagging tail, most spots, longest ears and most unusual pet.
Once again, festival-goers can compete in the ice cream contest at 2 p.m. July 13, which will feature a 100-foot gutter filled with hundreds of scoops of ice cream. The contest is sponsored by Foltos Tonsorial Parlor and the Batavia Creamery.
In addition, those who come out to the festival can put their golfing skills to the test in the Tour Edge Golf Challenge. Participants take their shot at chipping a hole-in-one on a floating green in the Depot Pond.
The cost is $5 for five shots. The Batavia Teen Center will hold a "Power Hour" from 5 to 6 p.m. July 12 and from 4 to 5 p.m. July 13, with all proceeds benefiting the teen center.
The Windmill Whirl 5K Run will take place at a new time – 7 p.m. July 11. Registration is $25 per runner before July 10 or $30 on race day. More information and a registration link is at www.signmeup.com.
"I think people can really enjoy an evening race," Felkamp said. "They can enjoy the festival activities afterwards with their families."
A full schedule of events is available online at www.windmillcityfest.org.