The 82nd Annual Gladiolus Festival in Momence kicks off later this week and runs August 7th to August 11th featuring a variety of activities and events, starting with the Glad Fest Princess & Queen Coronation and wrapping up with the Adult Bean Bag Tournament & Beer Garden on Sunday afternoon.
This year’s Grand Marshall chosen by the Gladiolus Festival Association is Lifelong Momence resident, Elwood Line. A husband, father, grandfather, retired farmer, business owner, former Gladiolus Festival Board Member, Momence Chamber of Commerce Member, Moose Lodge and Odd Fellow member, and member of the school board for a quarter of a century! Elwood has attended nearly every Gladiolus Festival!
During this year’s event, the Graham Historic House & Museum will be open on Friday, August 9th from 1-4 pm and Saturday, August 10th from noon till 3 pm.
Here’s a look at the full schedule.
Wed Aug 7th 2019
7pm – Princess & Queen Coronation | H.S. Football Field [FREE ADMISSION]
Thur Aug 8th 2019
6:30 pm – Kids Parade | Washington Street
7 pm – 11 pm Carnival | Swyear Amusements Jeneir School Grounds [ADMISSION $1, 12 & over, UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND COST $22]
Fri Aug 9th 2019
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Glad Fest Logo T-Shirt Tie Dyeing |Reviewing Stand | No charge, while supplies last ages 0-20 years, ages 21 and over $5, $2 up charge for sizes 2XL and 3XL, $4 up charge for 4XL and up.
3 pm – Glad Run for Children | Reviewing Stand
5:30 pm – Parade of Old Cars
6 pm – Main Street Parade
6:30 pm – 11 pm Carnival | Swyear Amusements Jeneir School Grounds [ADMISSION $1, 12 & over, UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND COST $22]
8:30 pm – 12 am – Beer Garden
9 pm – Midnight – “Anthony Orio”| River Street Stage | $5
Sat Aug 10th 2019
8 am – 5k & 10k River Run – Sponsored by Lions Club
8 am – 3 pm – Car Show, Flea, Craft & Antique Market |Momence Island Park | ADMISSION $3
3 pm – Grand Street Parade
4 pm – 10:30 pm Carnival | Swyear Amusements Jeneir School Grounds [ADMISSION $1, 12 & over, UNLIMITED RIDE WRISTBAND COST $25]
8 pm – Midnight – “High Anxiety” | River Street Stage
10 pm – Glad Fest 31 Day Early Bird Raffle Drawing | River Street Stage
Sun Aug 11th 2019
8 am – 3pm Flea, Craft & Antique Market |Momence Island Park | ADMISSION $3
11 am – Beer & Bloody Mary Garden Opens
Bean Bag Tournament check in Pre-registration only 815-472-6353 | River Street Stage
Noon – 4 pm – Adult Bean Bag Tournament & Beer Garden