Montgomery Fest, French Connection Day on tap

Joshua Brown chases a pair of ducks in the petting zoo area of Montgomery Fest.  |  Sun-Times Media File
Joshua Brown chases a pair of ducks in the petting zoo area of Montgomery Fest. | Sun-Times Media File

This weekend, Montgomery is on display with its annual festival, featuring live music, a car show, parade and a BMX stunt team.

If you are looking for something more low-key, check out Cantigny Park’s French Connection Day. It’s a chance to learn about a piece of Wheaton’s past in a beautiful setting.

This year’s Montgomery Fest is packed with activity; from food to fishing and fireworks.

Friday’s entertainment includes a Battle of the Bands, a wristband special at the carnival and an exclusive screening of an Oscar-nominated documentary, “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” about a prison hospice program.

Directed by Montgomery resident Edgar Barens, the film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Village Hall. Barens will be on hand to answer questions after the movie, which is suitable for ages 16 and up.

On Saturday, visitors can meet Mayor Matt Brolley and Ask an Arborist anything at the Village Booth.

Historic Gray’s Mill and Settler’s Cottage will be open for tours Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday also features a Robotics “drive a bot” event and robotics scrimmage and the annual Montgomery Fire Department Water Fights at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Village Hall.

Cloggin’ Craze performs at 11:45 a.m. on the main stage followed the Montgomery’s Got Talent contest. Other main stage entertainment will be provided by country-pop singer Andrew Salgado and the popular cover band Evolution.

Sunday dawns bright and early with the Family Fun Carp Fishing Derby, held on the Fox River between the Ashland Bridge and the U.S. Route 30 Bridge. Participants in the Car and Motorcycle Show can begin registering at 8 a.m. in Austin Park. Community Christian Church will provide a worship service on the main stage at 10 a.m., followed by the Christian band ASAPH at 11:30 a.m.

The Montgomery Fest Parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Main and Mill Street, continuing south to Watkins, over to River Street and back up to Mill. This year’s parade will include performances by the Navy Band and the Proviso West High School Band. Volunteers from Our Savior Lutheran Church will be pushing shopping carts to collect food donations to the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.

The Division BMX Stunt Team’s riders will perform tricks and entertain audiences at 3 and 5 p.m. in front of the Village Hall. Other entertainment Sunday will be from local reggae band Dabylon at 2 p.m. on the main stage, followed by the blues-rockers Blue Line Band. Country group White Saddle Band headlines the main stage Sunday evening, followed by Sheridan Archbold performing the National Anthem and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Other activities throughout the fest include craft and vendor booths in Montgomery Park, free pony rides and a petting zoo. Community Christian Church will host a family tent with a diaper changing station and rest areas, along with free water and freeze pops. The multi-purpose room of the Village Hall will be open during the fest as a cooling center as well.

A free shuttle bus will pick up fest-goers at from Lakewood Creek Elementary School and from the parking lot in front of Poor Boy’s on Montgomery Road and deposit them in downtown Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday. Busses will run about every half hour from 11 a.m. until about 10 p.m.

Wheaton French Connection Day

Aug. 10

Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Free admission, $5 per car

(630) 668-5161

cantigny.org

In World War I, a soldier from Wheaton fought in the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division at the Battle of Cantigny in France.

That soldier’s name was Col. Robert McCormick, and in 1918, at 37, he commanded an artillery unit in France. It was the U.S.’s first victory in World War I.

Upon returning home and inheriting his family’s Red Oak Farm, McCormick renamed it Cantigny Farm to honor the battle and his time in France. Upon his death, he willed the 500-acre estate to the community for use as a public park and museum.

That French connection is honored with a day dedicated to celebrating French culture from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

There will be French music by Traveler’s Dream, a French open air market by Bensidoun, wine tasting and French food at Le Jardin, a French yard game called Pétanque and photo ops by the 23-foot Eiffel Tower.

Also look for an art project for children, face painting, storytime with Madeline and a roving stilt-walker, caricaturist and balloon artist.

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Montgomery fest

Aug. 8-10

Downtown Montgomery

(630) 896-8080

ci.montgomery.il.us

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