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Streamwood celebrates 'Hometown Pride'

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  • Large crowds of people attend the Streamwood Summer Celebration.

      Large crowds of people attend the Streamwood Summer Celebration.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, July 2011

  • The rock band ARRA will perform Saturday night.

    The rock band ARRA will perform Saturday night.

By Clara Bush

It's time to celebrate pride in Streamwood.

The 19th annual Streamwood Summer Celebration's theme is "Hometown Pride." The festival runs July 27-29 at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday

The theme was chosen "for people to take pride in the fact that they live here," Streamwood village clerk Kittie Kopitke said. With contests, games and rides, Kopitke believes there's something for everyone to enjoy.

"It's a very family-oriented festival," Kopitke said.

The main stage will host eight musical acts, including staples 7th Heaven on Friday and ARRA on Saturday.

"They are definitely favorites," Kopitke said.

The Summer Celebration Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bartlett Road and Streamwood Boulevard.

The 104 units will be led by Grand Marshal John Garcia of ABC 7 News.

Parking will be prohibited along Streamwood Boulevard from Oltendorf Road to Madison Avenue from 7 a.m. Saturday until one hour after the parade concludes. At 9 a.m. East Streamwood Boulevard will be closed from Bartlett to Oltendorf roads.

Carnival ride tickets are $1.25 each or $25 for 22 tickets. Or, an $18 wristband purchase allows for unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be games and attractions, such as a basketball shoot and a dunk tank, for $1 to $4. And, a children's craft activity area will be open 5-9 p.m. Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday Some crafts are free but some cost $1 to $3.

Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday at 9:15 p.m.

Kids can try to avoid a brain freeze during the ice cream-eating contest 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, and the food and beverage tent will serve a variety of options from 16 vendors, each with a specialty item.

The business expo tent will be open 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

The golf tournament at Streamwood Oaks Golf Club is on Sunday. It costs $27 per person, which includes a 6:30 a.m. breakfast buffet, prizes and nine holes of golf. The tournament starts at 7:30 a.m.; call (630) 483-1881 to register.

Parking for the festival will be available at Park Place, 550 S. Park Boulevard; village hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road and Streamwood High School, 701 W. Schaumburg Road. Shuttle buses will take visitors to Hoosier Grove Park every half-hour.

The Streamwood Summer Celebration is sponsored by the village of Streamwood, Streamwood Park District and Streamwood Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit the festival's website,

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