DYER | Dyer's Summerfest, one of the oldest summer events in the area, kicked off its four-day run Thursday and has a couple of new features this year.
Those events are a children's bike parade Saturday and a bean bag tournament Sunday.
There will be carnival rides through Sunday with $20 wristband ride specials, a beer garden and a Cutest Dog in Dyer contest. The festival will culminate with fireworks at 9 p.m. Sunday.
The 22nd annual fest is in Pheasant Hills Park, off Hart Street south of U.S. 30.
About 20 food vendors will be on the grounds, plus booths manned by local businesses. Entertainment will be by Acousticats, DJ: Sound Connection, The Relics and High Noon.
On Saturday, the three finalists in the Cutest Dog in Dyer contest will be on hand for a final vote by festivalgoers.
Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. today, 2 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Carnival rides will operate from 5 to 11 p.m. today, and Acousticats will perform from 7 to 11 p.m.
The children's bike parade will start at noon Saturday, the same time the carnival rides will open.
Gerhard will perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by DJ: Sound Connection from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and The Relics from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
The Cutest Dog in Dyer contest is at 5 p.m.
The carnival will open at 1 p.m. Sunday. Registration for the bean bag tournament is at 1 p.m., with the competition starting at 2 p.m.
Jim Bulanda does his tribute to Frank Sinatra from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; High Noon will perform from 5 to 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. wrap up the weekend.