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Plainfield Fest adds Knockerball to carnival, food, games lineup

Brock A. Stein | 7/13/2015, 12:33 p.m.
The three-day festival kicks off Friday afternoon in the downtown district and runs through Sunday.
Downtown Lockport Street is closed for Plainfield Fest, a three-day extravaganza of food, carnival rides, competitive games and live music.

New to Plainfield Fest this year is the Knockerball contest, in which adults don clear inflatable bubbles and bounce into their opponents.

New to Plainfield Fest this year is the Knockerball contest, in which adults don clear inflatable bubbles and bounce into their opponents.

Plainfield Fest returns to the village's historic downtown district this weekend, and organizers have their fingers crossed that clear skies and sunshine will prevail.

"I sure hope that the weather will cooperate," volunteer Heather Heavens said.

The annual three-day festival, which starts Friday, serves as a celebration of the village and also raises funds for the nonprofit Plainfield River Front Foundation.

It's an all-ages event that strives to have something for everyone -- carnival rides, every kind of food imaginable, beer, music, a pizza contest and bag toss tournaments.

This year they've added a Sunday Knockerball competition for adults, Heavans said. Knockerball players essentially become the ball by donning a clear inflatable bubble and bouncing off their opponents.

Parents looking to save a few dollars can purchase $23 wristbands for Sunday, allowing the kids to ride as many of carnival amusements as they can. Otherwise, tickets for games and other carnival attractions cost 50 cents, and most rides require four tickets or more.

The Midwest Bags Tournament is among the highlights of Sunday's events at Plainfield Fest.

The Midwest Bags Tournament is among the highlights of Sunday's events at Plainfield Fest.

The Midwest Bags Tournament takes place near the beer tent (parking lot adjacent to 15025 S. Des Plaines St.) starting at noon Sunday. Online registration can be found at https://plainfieldriverfront.org/donate/bags-registration/.

The annual best pizza in Plainfield contest is back this year. Festgoers can sample an assortment of up to eight local pies for just $5 Sunday and vote for their favorite.

Other food vendors include: Annabelle's Bar-B-Q, Dippin' Dots, Hillbilly Roasted Corn, Joe's Street Kitchen, Kettle Kabin, Kona Ice, Little Jimmie's Italian Ice/Deilmac, Nabby's, New China Express, RS Concessions, Suzie's Fun Foods, Taco Burrito King, TCBY Frozen Yogurt and Wurst Kitchen Sausage Co.

Festival attendees can also learn more about local businesses, local craftsmen and nonprofit groups ,with more than 50 vendors scheduled to appear.

Three days of live music

Music is a big part of the weekend, and it starts at 6 p.m. Friday night with the Gina Glocksen Band followed by Spoken Four from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday kicks off with Burning Bridges at noon; Alter Ego at 2:30 p.m.; Gruband at 5 p.m.; Modern Day Romeos at 7 p.m.; and Too White Crew at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. and running until close at 6 p.m. is the Bobby K and Steve Acoustic Duo.

For more information about the festival, go to plainfieldfest.org.

Fest road closures, parking locations

The following road closures will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday and last until the early morning hours of Monday:

  • Lockport Street between Route 59 and Fox River Street will be completely closed to all traffic. Lockport Street between James Street and Fox River Street will be checkpoint controlled and open to local businesses, residents and those who need handicapped parking.
  • Des Plaines Street between Ottawa Street and Oak Street will be closed.
  • Illinois Street will be completely closed between the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Des Plaines St., and the alley just south of Lockport Street.
  • Chicago Street between Illinois Street and Fox River Street will be closed. A checkpoint for local residents and handicapped parking will be at Illinois and Chicago streets.
  • Fox River Street between Lockport Street and Ottawa Street will be a checkpoint-controlled access for residents and businesses.

Festival parking is available at Plainfield Central High School, 24120 Fort Beggs Drive. Additional parking is located at the municipal parking lots on Des Plaines Street, north of Oak Street, and at the lot next to the Plainfield library on Illinois Street.

Handicapped parking is available on Lockport Street, east of James Street, and on Chicago Street between Illinois Street and Des Plaines Street. Additional parking will also be available at Riverfront Park, along the west side of the access road, and at Plainfield Village Hall, 24401 Lockport St.

For more information about road closures, call Plainfield police Cmdr. Ken Ruggles at 815-267-7211.