DYER | The town’s annual fall festival, Hometown Celebration, is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Jewel/Osco parking lot and Central Park.
Originally mounted as a one-time celebration when the Calumet Avenue extension opened years ago, the festival has now grown into an annual event with food booths, games for children and entertainment.
This year, festival organizers also have included a 5K fun run/walk in Central Park. Registration is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the run begins at 6 p.m.
At the festival’s main site in the Jewel/Osco parking lot, popular attractions have returned. A car show begins in the morning and the annual donut hole eating contest is at 5 p.m.
Registration for the car show is from 10 a.m. to noon.
There will be a balloon twisting contest for kids from 2 to 3 p.m. and former Chicago Bear Otis Wilson will be on hand to sign autographs from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment includes music and a performance by Room to Move dance studio. A fire hooping performance by Aurora Anaya is set for 9 p.m.
Wristbands for the event are available at Town Hall. Craft and food vendor booths will be open throughout the day.
The Jewel/Osco parking lot is located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Calumet Avenue. Central Park is located on the east side of Calumet, south of 213th Street. Parking at both locations is free.
For more information, contact Dyer Town Hall at (219) 865-6108.