Young at Heart Festival May 25-28

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — The 41st Annual Young at Heart Festival is set for Friday-Monday, May 25-28, on the grounds of Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, Ill.

The event will feature live music, carnival rides, fireworks, a beer garden, food, a kids’ fishing derby and Young at Heart Parade.

Headlining this year’s festival is country star Jo Dee Messina, along with fan favorites The Blooze Brothers and festival newcomers Generation.

Sunday, May 27, is Kids’ Day and will feature popular children’s entertainers Jim Gill and Susan Salidor.

Those who purchase buttons in advance save $2 off gate prices. Buttons are available at outlets all over the region (visit for locations).

Buttons are good for all four days of the festival and cost $6 in advance or $8 at the gate. Children 8 and younger are admitted free.

Family Fun Packs of four buttons and four coupons good for $2 off ride wristbands are available for $24 (a $32 value).

Call the Parks Chamber of Commerce at (815) 633-3999 for more information about the 41st Young at Heart Festival.

The Young at Heart schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 25 (gates open at 6 p.m.)

Special event

5 p.m. — Opening Ceremony

Music schedule

7-8:30 p.m. — Howard and the White Boys

10-11:30 p.m. — The Blooze Brothers

Saturday, May 26 (gates open at noon)

Special events

9 a.m. — Young at Heart Parade (starts at Woodward, 5001 N. Second St., Loves Park)

3-4:30 p.m. — Young at Heart Idol Contest

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks Spectacular

Music schedule

(Country Music Day)

5-7:30 p.m. — Kharma

8-9:30 p.m. — Jo Dee Messina

10-11:30 p.m. — Anthony Billups

Sunday, May 27 (gates open at noon)

Special event

3-5 p.m. — Home Depot Craft Tent

Music schedule

1:15-2 p.m. — Jim Gill

2:15-3 p.m. — Susan Salidor

5-6:30 p.m. — Redline 7000

7-9:30 p.m. — Green Thirteen

10-11:30 p.m. — Generation

Monday, May 28 (gates open at noon)

Special event

Noon-2 p.m. — Memorial Day Variety Show

Music schedule

3-5:30 p.m. — Clutch Cargo

From the May 23-29, 2012, issue

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