Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Opens Tonight


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BOURBONNAIS, IL – Get ready to kick off the summer season with a bang as the highly anticipated Bourbonnais Friendship Festival opens its doors tonight. 

With a diverse lineup of entertainment, delicious food, and thrilling rides, this festival promises to be a highlight of the year. The festival runs through Sunday, offering five days of non-stop fun.

To start off the festivities, the carnival will open at 5:00 pm tonight, welcoming visitors with a special Friends Night promotion – two people for the price of one! The opening ceremonies at 6:00 pm on the Main Stage will feature the posting of colors by the Veterans Group, followed by a mesmerizing rendition of the National Anthem by Ellie Yeager. Attendees will also be treated to a special performance by the talented Tim Boshaw.

Music lovers will have plenty to look forward to throughout the festival. The Battle of the Bands winner, The Vexons, will rock the Main Stage from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm tonight. On Friday, catch the enchanting sounds of the Serendipity Band from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, followed by a breathtaking fireworks display sponsored by Illiana Financial. The Anthem Band will take the stage from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday, ensuring a night filled with lively tunes.

In addition to the musical entertainment, Bourbonnais Friendship Festival offers a variety of activities for everyone. Learn life-saving techniques at CPR/AED demonstrations, take part in the thrilling Children’s Parade on Friday, and witness the incredible skills of the Jesse White Tumblers on Saturday. Plus, don’t miss out on the chance to explore the local talent showcased at the West Stage, including the 2022 Bourbonnais Has Talent winner Jillian Aldrige and the sensational Limelight Theatre Works.

For those looking to satisfy their taste buds, a range of culinary delights will be available throughout the festival. From the mouthwatering Firefighters’ Fish Fry on Friday to the delectable Veterans Luncheon on Saturday, there’s something to satisfy every craving. And don’t forget to visit Meineke’s Beer Garden, open throughout the festival, to enjoy a refreshing beverage and unwind.

Whether you’re seeking thrilling rides, great music, or a day filled with family-friendly fun, the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival has it all. So grab your friends and family and head over to Bourbonnais to experience an unforgettable summer celebration. 


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