The 2014 RotaryFest in Elk Grove Village will feature lots of food, games, carnival rides from Fantasy Amusement Co. and live entertainment by a variety of bands beginning Wednesday, June 11, and continuing through Sunday, June 15.
The festival will be at Lions Park and Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Boulevard and Lions Drive. Admission is free.
The Elk Grove Village Hometown Parade, sponsored by the village in conjunction with RotaryFest, will step off at 2 p.m. Saturday. The theme is Under the Big Top. The parade will feature 70 units, all with the circus theme. The Shriners will have 20 parade units.
Fred Geinosky, a plan commission member for 35 years and active volunteer in may causes who has donated about 350 units of blood and platelets, is grand marshal this year, The parade route is from Elk Grove Boulevard at Tonne Road to the festival grounds in Lions Park.
Fireworks will be held after dusk on Saturday.
Carnival rides are in operation from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 2 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Packages include unlimited rides for $20 Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., a Father's Day special where dads ride free with a paid child Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., and a last blast from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday with unlimited rides for $15.
For entertainment to kick off the festival, the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village once again has booked what it describes as the area's No. 1 festival band, 7th Heaven. The band, which will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., has sold more than 30,000 records.
On Thursday, the opening entertainment will be provided by the Rob Post Band, featuring Jim Cunningham, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., followed by VVX: Metal Mania! from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
On Friday, Down-Pour, an AC/DC tribute band, will play from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., and Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, will perform from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.
On Saturday, The Fortunate Sons, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribune band, will perform from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Eliminator, a ZZ Top tribute band, will perform from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., and the Lounge Puppets will perform after the fireworks from 10 to 11:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Recycle the Day, which plays a variety of styles, will perform from 4 to 6 p.m., and HAG: Chicks That Rock will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.