TONICA — One of the Illinois Valley’s best late-summer community events is Tonica Fest, scheduled for Aug. 23-24, and it promises two days of fun with an abundance of family friendly entertainment.
Friday, Aug. 23
Friday’s entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. with the inaugural Tonica Fest Motorcycle Ride-in and Show which will last until 9 p.m. The Higgins Bros. Band will provide live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the evening will also include plenty of food, a beer garden, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
There will also be an ABATE membership drive and bike raffle, and awards chosen by the mayor, the people and the firefighters of the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds from the night will benefit the fire department.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Saturday’s fun gets off to an early start when the second annual Tonica Fest 5K Run/Walk begins on Main Street at 8 a.m.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., festival attendees can try their luck in the new superhero mobile escape room, “Justopolous,” for an admission of $20.
The lineup for the townwide parade will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the celebration starting at 12:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m., there will be an Aloha Party with ZomNye’t Webster portraying Disney’s “Moana.”
From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be live Dixieland music.
From 3 to 8 p.m., there will be free bounce houses for children.
From 4 to 8 p.m., the Radium City Rebels will provide the soundtrack for the cruise-in, which will feature a wide variety of eye-catching cars, trucks and motorcycles. From 4 to 7 p.m., the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department will be offering their annual pork chop dinner, and there will also be multiple other food and drink vendors available throughout the day. At 9 p.m., Snapshot takes over the musical duties.
For more information, visit www.tonicavillage.com, or call 815-488-4101 for parade details, 815-922-0382 for motorcycle show questions or 815-228-3177 for cruise information.