Winfield Good Old Days returns with old-fashioned fun Sept. 9-11
The 55th annual Winfield Good Old Days will take you back in time with some old-fashioned fun, including a meatball-eating contest, a ladies shoe-kicking contest, and a bags tournament.
The three-day festival on Sept. 9-11 features live music on the main stage, activities and fun for the children, a variety of foods, activities for adults, and business booths on Church Street between Sunnyside and Beecher.
The Winfield Knights of Columbus Council 8002 and the Winfield Lions Club partners with the village of Winfield and Winfield Park District to provide residents and surrounding community with a free family event to end their summer.
The Knights of Columbus's scholarship fundraising dinner on Thursday, Sept. 8, serves as an unofficial kickoff for the festival.
Festival hours are: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Church Street and Beecher Avenue.
Friday night starts with hometown favorite Sammy & The Knights at 5:30 p.m., then Hi Infidelity performing at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Whiskey Thunder will be warming up the crowd at 3 p.m., then local band Fueled By Emo comes on with emo and pop punk covers at 5:30 p.m. Sealed With A Kiss rounds out the night at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, local favorites Vital Signs will perform on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Local restaurants will be serving up food, including Manbot Coffee Roasters, Scone House Café, and Somsri Thai Cuisine. New restaurant La Birria Loca will be selling tacos, quesadillas, and elote.
On Saturday, the Winfield Lions Club's annual bags tournament runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Caliendo's is back with its famous meatball-eating contest at 2 p.m. in the Family Tent. Want to try a quirky but fun contest? The ladies shoe-kicking contest will be 3 to 4 p.m. on Church Street.
Due to the labor shortage and high fuel costs, there won't be any carnival rides, but the kid's zone features bouncy houses, balloon artists, petting zoo, face painting, stilt walker, and straw maze. Try out interactive NASCAR racing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
At noon Saturday, Winfield Historical Society will announce the winners of the coloring contest. Hop aboard the trolley for a ride around the village to visit and hear about historical sites. It stops at Hedges Station, the train station commuter lot, and Beecher Avenue at Winfield Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (Note: the trolley will be in the parade from 1-1:30 p.m.)
The Winfield Park District also is hosting fun activities for kids and teens on Saturday. Kids, ages 3 to 10, can try your luck at games of skill and chance to win special prizes at the Coin Carnival from 1 to 3 p.m. It is 25 cents per ticket. A Kids Video Game Truck for fifth to ninth grade will be on site from 4 to 9 p.m. at Church and Liberty streets. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., youth in sixth to ninth grade can dance the night away with DJ Funky Stuff during the Teen Street Dance in Liberty parking lot. Bring a school ID for proof of age.
At 10 a.m. Sunday in Lions Park, hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will be released into the DuPage River for Winfield Park District's 28th annual Duck Race, for a race downstream for a variety of prizes, donated by local businesses. Ducks can be adopted in flocks of five for $20 or individually for $5 at the Winfield Park District office. Or stop by the information booth during Good Old Days. A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the first-place finisher. Other cash prizes may be available, depending on the final duck adoption numbers.
On Sunday, check out the classic 1950s style cars to muscle cars, all the way to today's sup up editions at Car Cruize Morning from 9 a.m. to noon in the Church Street commuter lot.
At 1 p.m., join a short but fun parade starting on Sunnyside and heading north on Winfield Road.
For a schedule of events, visit winfieldgoodolddays.com.
Winfield Public Library Friends' Fall Book Sale is back. It opens with a preview sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, and continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the library, 0S291 Winfield Road. All proceeds go to the Winfield Library Friends, whose fundraising efforts directly benefit the library. Admission is free, including the preview sale.