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Music, crafts, beer, fireworks


Fun time slated this weekend at Reid Park



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June 30, 2010 | 08:30 AM
Fontana — Reid Park will be rocking on the Fourth of July this weekend.

Music, crafts and kid games are scheduled throughout the two-day weekend event, which will end with the annual fireworks show over Geneva Lake.

Village Clerk Dennis Martin, who has been organizing the Battle of the Bands competition, said eight bands are confirmed to play.

He also might add a few more bands to the lineup before the event starts.

In addition to the music, the village will have a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Martin said between 30 and 40 craft artists are expected to be on-hand during the event.

There also will be fun stuff for kids. Martin said a few bounce houses and a face painter will be at the park.

The Big Foot Lions Club also will sell food, including brats, hot dogs, pork chop sandwiches, popcorn, chips, soda, water, beer and wine.

The event is a way to make the annual Fourth of July event more than just a fireworks display.

In past years, leading up to the fireworks, families spent time at the beach or having a picnic in Reid Park.

"We have everything you need for a good Fourth of July event," Martin said. "It will be a crazy weekend with nice weather."

Martin said with live music coming from the park, it will be natural for visitors to be drawn to the event.

The fireworks are scheduled for Sunday at dusk.

Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands competition will begin at 2 p.m. both days and end at 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The winner will be determined by ballots, which can be purchased for $5 each. The winner of the competition will receive a contract to play the opening slot, from noon to 3 p.m., at the annual Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil & Steak Fry Saturday, July 31 in Reid Park.

On July 3, Martin has confirmed that Decomposing Amy, Lazy Eight, Projekt Isle and Mr. Cab Driver will perform. On July 4, A Line Between, Mike Van Dyke and the Dirt Surfers and SLM will perform. A cover band also is expected to play.

Martin said the bands have a variety of genres and are from the Northern Illinois, Milwaukee and Whitewater area.

However, Martin is probably most familiar with Lazy Eight and Mike Van Dyke and the Dirt Surfers because he plays drums in both groups.

"I'm excited to perform in Fontana and on this end of the lake," he said.

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