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Sister Hazel headlines Summer Celebration in Vernon Hils

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  • Amusement rides, music, food and entertainment are on tap Thursday through Sunday at the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration in Century Park.

       Amusement rides, music, food and entertainment are on tap Thursday through Sunday at the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration in Century Park.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer, 2013

  • Kids' activities are part of Vernon Hills Summer Celebration at Century Park.

       Kids' activities are part of Vernon Hills Summer Celebration at Century Park.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer, 2013

 
 

Vernon Hills popular Summer Celebration again will feature music as a main element.

"We have music all four days," Village Manager John Kalmar said of the event that runs Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20, at Century Park on Lakeview Parkway, north of Route 60.

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The carnival and beer tent open at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The traditional fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. will cap Thursday. The festival grounds close at 10 p.m. Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

For a full schedule and other information, visit www.vernonhills.org or Facebook at VernonHillsSummerCelebration.

Rock band Sister Hazel is the headliner performing at 9 p.m. Saturday. Music trio The Farm from Nashville will perform at 7 p.m. as the opening act.

Sister Hazel, which scored the top five singles "All For You" and "Change Your Mind," has been creating alternative rock with southern pop hooks and country rock harmonies for nearly 20 years. Visit www.teamsoundwave.com/sisterhazel.

Country rock group The Farm has opened for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and performed on the CMT Music Awards. Visit www.thefarmmusic.com.

King by Friday kicks off the music Thursday night, and popular cover bands Mike & Joe and Modern Day Romeos will alternate sets on Friday. Beatles cover band Kaleidoscope Eyes performs at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Children's entertainment will be held during the weekend, and the second annual Baggo tournament is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday.

New this year is the inaugural car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For information and to register, visit www.summercel.org/carshow.

Summer Celebration began as a neighborhood gathering in the early days of the village and has grown in popularity to become one of the largest attended festivals in Lake County.

"We always have a very nice crowd that peaks on Friday and Saturday," Kalmar said. "It is a community event. We're not looking at it as a moneymaker. We're looking at it for an opportunity to recreate in a family-friendly environment."

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