Grandwood Park Park District's Summerfest going retro this weekend

The Grandwood Park District Summerfest is going retro in 2014, organizers said.

The event will return to Lake Park, organizer said, and they'll reintroduce family games, pub-sized tables near the food and drink area, and bring it back to a neighborhood event where it had been in the past.

Lake Park is at the end of Streamwood Drive and at the gazebo on Grandwood Drive, officials said. The fest will take place from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 3 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12.

On Friday, Karaoke will start at 7 p.m. and teams entering the Baggo tournament on Saturday can practice for the big event. Burgers, brats, hot dogs and other items will be served from Cafe Gano, officials said.

The pre-Summerfest events will start at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Grandwood Park Park District Community Center, 36630 N. Hutchins Road. It will feature the park district's 5K Walk/Run, with all proceeds going to the USO of Illinois. Runners and walkers are eligible to participate.

The Grandwood Park fishing derby will return to Lake Park, and the annual bike parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Adam's Park, also on Streamwood Drive. The theme for the bike parade is "The '70s," so people are urged to decorate their bikes, wagons, scooters, and other items and join the fun.

Summerfest officially returns at 3 p.m. Saturday with plenty of retro games from the past, along with a giant slide and a petting zoo from 5 to 7 p.m.

Registration for the Baggo tournament is at 4:30 p.m., and competition begins at 5 p.m., with the winning and runner-up teams receiving food and drink tickets as prizes. Walk-ins will also be welcome for the tournament, organizers said.

Winners from the fishing derby will be announced at 7 p.m., followed by the 2014 Scholarship Award winners.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the country band Tombeau Road from 8 to 11 p.m.

The grand prize raffle ticket winner will be announced at 10:30 p.m. Winners will receive cash prizes of $200 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place. Tickets are available at or by calling Darleen Gano at (847) 770-3494.

For the safety and enjoyment of all attending, no coolers, pets or bikes are allowed at Summerfest, and smoking is strictly prohibited.

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