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posted: 6/9/2014 12:30 PM

'Star Spangled Hometown' theme of Libertyville Days festival

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By Anne Carlino
Executive Director, Libertyville Civic Foundation

The summer season of events in Libertyville kicks off with the 2014 Libertyville Days festival under the theme "Star Spangled Hometown."

The four-day festival, which runs Thursday, June 12, through Sunday, June 15, features carnival rides, a parade, local bands, arts and crafts fair, children's entertainment, food court from area vendors and fun contests, all held in the heart of downtown, near Cook Park.

Family events include Miss Libertyville Pageant, children's party, children's cookie bake off, cake decorating contest, pet contests, Junior Encore Theater performance, watermelon eating contest, and a bags tournament.

Local groups volunteer at the festival selling tickets and serving drinks, fostering a strong sense of community involvement.

The parade, featuring World War II veteran Don Carter as this year's grand marshal, kicks off Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. at the Libertyville train station. The parade route heads south on Milwaukee Avenue and ends at Highland Middle School on Rockland Road.

Main stage musical entertainment includes Wall of Denial, Sixteen Candles, Rollover, Loose Connection, 97Nine, and Mellencougar.

Family-friendly, unlimited ride specials for children will be offered during select hours Thursday through Sunday. For a full list of events and times, visit

The Libertyville Days Festival is the annual fundraiser for the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation, which provides gathering space for the community at reasonable rates. The Civic Center provides a home for the Libertyville Senior Center and hosts a variety of programs and activities for local seniors.

For more information about the festival or the Libertyville Civic Center, visit or call (847) 918-8880.

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