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Elburn Days serves up tradition, a few twists

Jaide Panek, 18, of Batavia guides Titan in the Livestock Show during the 2016 Elburn Days. Elburn Days starts on Aug. 18 and runs through Aug. 20 this year.
Jaide Panek, 18, of Batavia guides Titan in the Livestock Show during the 2016 Elburn Days. Elburn Days starts on Aug. 18 and runs through Aug. 20 this year.

ELBURN – Elburn Days has been around since 1929, but every year, the Elburn Lions Club provides a few new twists to change things up a bit. This year’s event, set for Aug. 18 to 20 at Lions Park, is no exception.

Free glow sticks coupled with music played by DJ Boom will create a glow party at the community stage on Aug. 18 after the parade.

Also new this year is a bean bag tournament Aug. 19 in the afternoon at the beer garden. Gun Craft Beer will be available for sale during the tournament.

Main stage entertainment Aug. 19 will feature national country recording artist and song writer, Josh Thompson. According to Elburn Days entertainment chair Renee Hall, a song written by Thompson and sung by Jason Aldean, “Any Ol' Barstool,” recently hit No. 1 on the charts.

Additional parking at the Elburn Metra train station with a free shuttle bus to and from the park will be available Aug. 19 from 5 p.m. to midnight, in case there’s a crowd.

Elburn Lions Club President Maranda Schenk said the festival is run completely by volunteers, from set up to take down. Each year, Elburn Lions Club members, their families and others donate hundreds of hours of their time to make the festival a success.

“It’s jam-packed with events,” Schenk said. “It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

Thousands of people attend the event every year to enjoy the carnival rides, live music, craft show, 4-H judging, tractor pull, bingo, pie baking contest and mud volleyball tournament. But the ultimate goal of the festival is to help the Lions Club raise money for its various charities aiding the visually and hearing impaired and the local community.

Just a few of the services recently provided included the purchase of a service dog for a little boy in Kaneville and free vision screening at the 2017 National Night Out.

Schenk said the club is excited to learn that Dave Broz of Railside Citrus Insurance Agency and other local businesses are bringing back the community run the Lions suspended last year.

Broz said he and co-sponsor Rob Reilly are organizing the Railside 4/7, a chip-timed 4-mile run, a 7-mile run and 1-mile fun run (or walk) on Aug. 19, beginning and ending at John Stewart Elementary School. For more information, visit

Schenk, who started out with the Lions as a Leo, a junior member, said the theme for this year’s festival is “Growing with and serving the community.”

“We want to promote the younger generation and encourage a lifetime of commitment,” she said.

If you go:

Elburn Days

Aug. 18 through Aug. 20

Most events at the Elburn Lions Club

500 S. Filmore St., Elburn

For details and schedules, visit

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