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Elk Grove Rotary Fest opens Wednesday

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  • Get ready to blast off at the Rotary Fest carnival.

      Get ready to blast off at the Rotary Fest carnival.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO

  • Sometimes the lines for food can get four or five deep, but the fare is worth the wait.

      Sometimes the lines for food can get four or five deep, but the fare is worth the wait.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO

  • Everyone is crossing their fingers for good weather during Rotary Fest.

      Everyone is crossing their fingers for good weather during Rotary Fest.
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  • The Rotary Fest carnival will light up the skies for five days.

      The Rotary Fest carnival will light up the skies for five days.
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The annual festival opens Wednesday, June 15 and closes Sunday, June 19. In between there will be a carnival, live entertainment, a parade, fireworks, plenty of food and beer. The festival is held at Lions Park, 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., Elk Grove Village.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15

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Carnival: 6-11 p.m.

Main stage: 7th Heaven, 7:30-9:30. 24 years playing the local scene; opened for Bon Jovi at Soldier Field.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

Carnival: 6-11 p.m.

Main stage: Flyte, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Formed at Elk Grove High School in the '70s, the six-piece plays tributes to the best in classic rock.

Main stage: Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Show, 9-10:30 p.m. Band re-creates a 1970s Zeppelin performance with vintage stage gear, costumes, and special effects.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

Carnival: 6 p.m.-midnight.

Main stage: The New Invaders, 6:45-8:45 p.m. The ultimate 1960s flashback from Brit Rock to Woodstock, complete with go-go dancers.

Main stage: Arra, 9:30-11:30 p.m. Voted best suburban classic rock cover band four times, Arra has opened for Kansas, 38 Special, Survivor, Rare Earth, The Ides of March, Steppenwolf and more.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

Carnival: 2 p.m.-midnight.

Hometown parade: Steps off at 6 p.m. from Elk Grove Blvd. at Tonne Road; goes to festival grounds. Theme: "Broadway on Parade."

Main stage: Hot Rocks, 5:30-7 p.m. Rolling Stones tribute band, a Best of the Burbs finalist 6 years by readers of Nitelife Magazine.

Main stage: Rock Candy, 7:45-9:15 p.m. Covers the hits of Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyoncé, Fergie, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Justin Timberlake and more.

Dusk: Fireworks

Main stage: The Lounge Puppets, 10-11:30 p.m. A tribute to 80s hair bands, with covers of Whitesnake, Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Tesla, Cinderella, Winger, Warrant, Firehouse, Slaughter, and Motley Crüe.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

Carnival: 2-10:30 p.m.

Main stage: American English, 7-9 p.m. One of the premier tribute groups in the U.S. American English covers the entire career of the Beatles from 1963-1970.

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