DYER | The temperatures might not make the mark, but Dyer welcomes the approach of warmer weather with its Summerfest this weekend.
It features bands, a beer garden, food, games and carnival rides.
The festival, which opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, features more food vendors than ever before, said Summerfest Committee Chairman Bob Block.
“We’ve got some new items," he said. "We’ll have everything from barbecued ribs to Italian Ice.”
Local businesses will also have a presence during the festival, including remodeling companies and photographers. Not-for-profit groups, such as local churches and the Dyer Dog Park Committee, will also have booths.
The festival is being in Pheasant Hills Park, on the south side of town along Hart Street. Parking and entertainment is free, Block said.
It opened Thursday with carnival wristband deals and live entertainment by the Muddsharks.
The festival is open from 5 to 11 p.m. tonight and features games of chance for adults at 7 p.m. and music by the Acousticats from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday's hours are 2 to 11:30 p.m. with carnival wristband deals from 2 to 6 p.m. The entertainment rundown includes the Dyer Wind Ensemble from 2 to 3 p.m; High Noon, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and The Relics, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Registration for a beanbag tournament begins at 2 p.m. The cost is $20 per team.
The festival offers nine hours of activities Sunday, running from 1 to 10 p.m. It includes carnival wristband hours from 1 to 5 p.m. for $20. The last blast wristband hours are 6 to 9 p.m. at a $15 fee.
Adult games of chance are at 5 p.m. Beanbag registration at 2 p.m. and costs $20 per team.
The entertainment roster includes the Sound Connection from 1 to 3 p.m.; New Elements from 4 to 8 p.m.; Sound Connection return from 8 p.m. until the fireworks display, which will be shot out over the lake between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
For more information, visit the town of Dyer website, www.townofdyer.org.