Our View: Celebrate summer with community festivals

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

If robins are a sign of spring, community festivals are a sign of summer – and summer officially is arriving in DeKalb County this weekend with the eighth annual Malta Days festival.

There will be a car show, a carnival, a beer garden, and a few bands. There will be crafters and vendors, a petting zoo, a charity 5K run, and a community church service. It’s probably safe to assume there will be elephant ears and deep-fried Twinkies.

Every town has their own take on this summer staple, and we encourage you to use these events – often planned by volunteers from local civic groups – to entertain your kids and catch up with neighbors. Last year, Malta Village Trustee Jamie Wilson likened Malta Days to a family and high school reunion.

Next, the fun will be coming to the north side of the county. The 78th annual Genoa Days, sponsored by the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department, will feature a king and queen contest June 13 and water fights on North Genoa Street on June 15. The festival runs from June 12 to June 15.

The Waterman Lions Club typically hosts the Summer Fest and Antique Tractor and Farm Equipment Show; an events committee hosts Shabbona Hometown Festival. Corn Fest returns to downtown DeKalb from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, after a five-year interlude at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.

As usual, the Sandwich Fair will cap off the summer with its 126th event Sept. 5 through Sept. 9.

Please keep these festivals in mind when deciding what to do during the weekends this summer. The money you spend there helps support local businesses and organizations, and perhaps, help fund next year’s event.

And on your way out, thank the local volunteers for their time. The show probably wouldn’t go on without them.

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