Maple Park Fun Fest takes to the streets Aug. 31

MAPLE PARK – Maple Park Fun Fest is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and continue through Monday, Sept. 2. The weekend includes live music, crafts, a car show, a parade, toilet bowl races, food, a 5k, bags, fireworks and more.

Children’s activities are new to the festival this year. Children of all ages will be entertained by Kidzmagic by Andrew Noyszewski and by a Minute to Win It game show hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Jumpy Jumpers will provide inflatables and a kids’ zip line, and there will be a bike and wagon parade Saturday.

Saturday’s events begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Romp in the Park 5k Run/Walk at the fire station. Men’s slow-pitch softball will begin at the Civic Center Fields at 8 a.m. Inflatables, the kids’ zip line, a craft show and a bags tournament open at 10 a.m. The beer garden and food vendors open at 11 a.m. The bike and wagon parade steps of at 12:30 p.m. The ninth annual Toilet Bowl Challenge begins at 1:30 p.m. The fire station will operate its smoke house from 2 to 5 p.m., and the Main Street Parade steps off at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Saturday’s stage lineup includes Just for Kix dancers, M&M Dance Studio, Kidzmagic by Andrew Noyszewski, Minute to Win It, Chemically Imbalanced, and Billy Croft and the 5-Alarm.

Sunday’s events begin with the American Legion breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon. The softball tournament continues at 8 a.m. The Main Street car show runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Inflatables and kids’ zip line open at 10 a.m. and food and beer vendors open at 11 a.m. A fireworks show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Sunday’s stage lineup includes Shooter Whiskey and Back Country Roads.

Monday’s events also begin with the Legion breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. until noon, and the conclusion of the softball tournament begins at 8 a.m. Fireworks will be held Monday if there is rain Sunday night.

Registration is still being accepted for participants in the parade, craft show and car show. For information and a schedule of events, visit www.mapleparkfunfest.com.