Kishwaukee Fest returns in 2017

This year's Kishwaukee Fest parade on July 28 will include an old fashioned circus wagon with a working music calliope.
This year's Kishwaukee Fest parade on July 28 will include an old fashioned circus wagon with a working music calliope.

Kishwaukee Fest and Baconpalooza will return to DeKalb County in 2017, according to executive director Michael Embrey. The dates are July 23 to 30.

“We are excited to announce a new line-up of events for this year’s activities,” Jacki Bish, festival coordinator, said in a news release.

The festival will begin Sunday, July 23, with a country music show and possible movie. The band and location will be announced at a later date.

On July 24, a new event called “East End Block Party” will take place. It will be a celebration of stores, restaurants and attractions on Lincoln Highway between Fourth and Seventh streets. This evening event will showcase the new Skateboard Park, dance demonstrations by students from DeKalb Dance Dimensions and open houses for many of the businesses. The celebration also will honor the 70th anniversary of Lothson’s Chicken.

On July 25, a celebration for young people called “Family Fun Fest” will take place before the DeKalb Municipal Band concert at Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

The new “Music at the Mansion” concert will be July 26 at the Ellwood Mansion. This evening concert is “Jazz at the Mansion” and will feature the Mary J Harris Trio performing old standards and smooth jazz.

On July 27, the Sycamore Park District will present the Lisa Rene Band in concert as part of its season schedule.

The "Parade of Parades" will take place July 28 in downtown DeKalb.

“We are excited with the number of new entries already signed up for the parade this year,” Sue Johnson, parade coordinator, said in the release. “One of the new entries will be an old fashioned circus wagon with a working music calliope.”

“This is truly a Norman Rockwell type of parade with floats, tractors, beauty queens, drum corps, youth groups and some special surprises for 2017," Embrey said in the release.

The Baconpalooza: Swine and Wine Fest on July 29 will feature select wine vendors, unique bacon food vendors, specialty craft vendors, and a Corvette show. Also that day will be a skateboard contest, with entry level for all age classes, and a road rally of classic cars through the county.

Sunday, July 30, will be the award-winning Turning Back Time Car Show in Sycamore.

The goal for Kishwaukee Fest is to combine attractions to make a week-long celebration, not only for local residents but also to attract tourists to the county.

The festival is looking for both volunteers and members to serve on its board and people interested in assisting with various events.

For more information about Kishwaukee Fest, contact Jacki Bish or Michael Embrey at 815-756-1263 or

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