DYER — Food, music, a car show, contests, activities for all ages and fireworks will create a festive atmosphere at Pheasant Hills Park this Saturday during the Dyer Hometown Celebration.
“We see this as our last hurrah for the summer and invite people from the surrounding communities to enjoy summer one last time,” said Tammy Hedrick, administrative assistant to the Dyer town manager and a member of the Hometown Committee. This marks the second year the Dyer Hometown Celebration will be back at Pheasant Hills Park, 2301 Hart St.
From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., guests can feast on such culinary delights as corndogs, Mexican cuisine, turkey legs, Italian beef sandwiches, lemonade shakeups and Italian ice.
Vendors will also be on hand offering information and a variety of handmade craft items such as jewelry. A silent auction will give guests a chance to bid on sports memorabilia, including items from the Chicago Bears.
Calling all car enthusiasts! Check out the Car Show by Thunder Roads Production from 10 a.m. to noon. Trophies will be awarded for the best entry in several categories. Those participating can register on site Saturday for a $20 fee.
“We usually have 80-plus cars,”Hedrick said. “According to Thunder Roads, ours is one of their best shows.”
The VFW Beer Garden will be open throughout the day, featuring adult beverages and music. A DJ will provide the tunes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chad Burton takes to the stage for an acoustic performance from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. High Street Band keeps the music going from 7 to 11 p.m.
The young and young-at-heart can enjoy the Touch-a-Truck area where they’ll learn about and touch an assortment of vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, the SWAT vehicle, dump trucks and other unique equipment “from those who protect and work in our community,” Hedrick said.
There’s plenty for the kiddies to do at the Kids Corner where they’ll find inflatable bounce houses, slides and games. And it’s all free, Hedrick said.
For those who love doughnuts, there’s the adult and youth doughnut-eating contest beginning at 5 p.m., sponsored by Dr. Jethroe Smith & Sandy. The winners will receive cash prizes, as well as their fill of the sweet stuff.
Fireworks by Mad Bomber will create a spectacular finale at dusk.
The event is free to enter, and parking is available near the park and behind Kahler Middle School, 600 Joliet St.