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Gilberts Community Days features three days of free music

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  • Sisters Sydney, 12, and Madison Carter, 8, of Gilberts ride "Sizzler" at the Gilberts Community Days festival. Their father, Max Carter, said he and the girls have been coming to the carnival for five years.

    Sisters Sydney, 12, and Madison Carter, 8, of Gilberts ride "Sizzler" at the Gilberts Community Days festival. Their father, Max Carter, said he and the girls have been coming to the carnival for five years.
    Daily Herald File Photo, 2016

 
Daily Herald staff report

Festival season in the Fox Valley kicks off this weekend with Gilberts Community Days.

Highlights of the three-day fest include live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a car show and plenty of food and drink.

Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2-4, at Town Square Park, Route 72 and Center Drive 2, Gilberts. Admission is free.

Scheduled bands include Dickie Anderson, Old School and American English on Friday; Racket, Serendipity, Bad Penny, Goin South, Last Gasp and Shindig on Saturday; "The Voice" contestant Riley Elmore, The Belvederes and Hip Pockit on Sunday.

Saturday afternoon is geared toward kids, with John Measner's Magic Truck from noon to 4 p.m., as well as a kids' craft and activity tent.

Food offerings include festival favorites such as hot dogs and brats, as well as barbecued beef, chicken and pulled pork; Italian beef and sausage; tacos and burritos; pizza; roasted corn; homemade potato chips and deep-fried candies and treats. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available. A $2 wrist band purchase is required to drink alcohol.

The car show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; for details, call Rudy Kay at (224) 587-6803.

From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, a free shuttle service is provided by the YMCA. Look for signs at the intersection of Route 72 and Prairie Parkway.

Visit www.gilbertscommunitydays.com/ for information.

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