Community garage sale kicks off North Aurora Days
North Aurora Days is returning on Aug. 5-6 with two days full of music, food, and activities.
Favorite activities, including Touch-A-Truck, the softball tournament, and the community garage sale, will be running throughout the weekend all over the community.
The community garage sale returns with over 130 locations on Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 4-6. For an interactive map, go to www.northauroradays.org/events/garage-sale/.
Located along the scenic Fox River at Riverfront Park, North Aurora Days will feature bands starting at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, The Jolly Ringwalds offer the "Ultimate '80s Experience" with dance, rock and new wave from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by the headliners Whiskey Romance from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
On Saturday, the seven-piece Second Hand Soul Band will open the music stage with the funky hits, one-hit wonders and disco of the '70s from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by party band Hello Weekend from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be on-site children's programming with face painting and balloon art plus the return of sponsor tables. Messenger Public Library will be hosting a Children's Storytime and Show featuring Ralph Covert of "Ralph's World" and "TV Treehouse" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Then meet Frankie the Dinosaur from 5 to 6 p.m. It's your chance to get up close to and interact with a walking dinosaur that is part animatronic/part puppet. Beware, he is pretty big and impressive! Frankie is about 7 feet tall and 12 feet long.
Let the games begin on Saturday with the coed softball tournament from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the east and west fields of Fearn Park, 1501 Waterford Road.
The West Aurora High School National Honor Society and Student Ambassadors are organizing the free bags tournament from 9 to 11 a.m. at Goodwin Elementary School. Sign up at www.northauroradays.org/events/bags-tournament/. There will be two divisions.
Bring the family out for the fishing derby at Willow Lake from 9 to 10:30 a.m. On-site registration starts at 8 a.m. or register in advance. This free event is open to all children age 15 and under. Prizes will be awarded in each age category. You must have your own fishing poles and bait.
Also on Saturday, stop by the Kane County Safety Coalition Safety Day and Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mooseheart Field House, off Mooseheart Road west of Route 31. Join the fun as surrounding agencies participate in this educational and entertaining event for kids of all ages. Come watch fire and rescue demonstrations and mingle with emergency crews. They also will be offering car seat safety checks.
Other community events on Saturday include free hearing and retinal screenings from noon to 4 p.m. at Messenger Public Library, and Old Second Bank's shredding event from 9 to 11 a.m. at the local branch office at 200 W. John St. Each participant is allowed up to two banker boxes of documents for shredding.
Enjoy plenty of food and drink options from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The food vendors include Mario's Pizza, Salt Creek BBQ, Juquilita Tacos, Suzie's Fun Foods, Georgie's Hot Dogs, RS Concessions, and Foxy's Ice Cream. The North Aurora Lions and North Aurora Mothers Club will co-host the beer and wine tent.
Free shuttles will be running about every 15-20 minutes from 5 p.m. to midnight both days from Schneider Elementary School for the east side and Jewel Middle School for the west side. Shuttles will drop off at Riverfront Park.
North Aurora Days 2022 main events will be held at Riverfront Park, 25 E. State St., with community events spread throughout town. For a schedule and map, go to www.northauroradays.org. Follow www.facebook.com/northauroradays.