This year’s annual Start of Summer Celebration is celebrating its 47th year with another fun-filled event that features plenty of chills and thrills for the entire family. The City of Rockford has been preparing the streets, bridges, and sidewalks for the big event, so it will be the perfect backdrop for this wonderful weekend. This year’s celebration is scheduled for June 12, 13 and 14.
A special Community Night will take place on Thursday, June 11. The Community Night is a special night for Rockford residents, with the carnival opening a day early just for them. It is a way for the City to thank its residents for a great year. City of Rockford residents are defined by a certain area – you can know if you qualify for the lower City rate for the carnival by whether or not you pay taxes to the City of Rockford. Those residents qualify for wristbands for $10 each and can purchase them Wednesday or Thursday, June 10 and June 11, at the City of Rockford offices, at 7 S. Monroe. You must bring proof of where you live to purchase the wrist bands for the reduced rate. All others who want to attend the carnival on Community Night must go to the carnival itself on Thursday, and can purchase wristbands for regular price.
Start of Summer Celebration will feature carnival rides, food, crafts, music, 3 beer tents, live entertainment and family fun.
Polly Von Eschen, who has been involved with the event for 28 years and is chair of the event, always makes sure that the celebration runs seamlessly. The committee started preparing for the huge event months in advance and is ready to highlight the 47th annual installment of the popular celebration.
“It is a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer,” said Von Eschen. “We like thanking the community for all their support of downtown businesses throughout the year. It is always a lot of fun. We love seeing people come into town and enjoy all of the wonderful things going on.”
There will be a free shuttle service available, compliments of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. There is a pick up and drop off every half-hour from Family Fare Supermarket from 5-11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
We can’t wait for the Start of Summer, how about you?