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LOSTANT — The village of Lostant will host its annual Summer Fest this weekend. The festivities begin today with a carnival downtown and a free movie night in the park with a showing of “Back to the Future 3.” It starts at dusk.
The carnival continues through Sunday, along with food vendors and the beer garden. The village will host a wedding vow renewal at 7 p.m. Friday in the park and has made a few changes to the program.
“We have really bumped up the opportunity to win prizes,” said village president Fred Hartenbower.
Participants get one ticket entered in the drawing for each of the following actions: showing up; dressing up; dressing in 1800s formal wear; being a repeat attendee; and bringing in a couple that wasn’t there last year. First prize is a $2,000 voucher for a second honeymoon through a local travel agent. Second prize is a week’s stay at a resort in Branson, Mo.
Tickets are $10 in advance from fire department members or $12 at the festival.
“There’s all kinds of smaller prizes, like half-price to go to the bands and that kind of stuff,” Hartenbower said. “It’s really going to be kind of cool.”
Bands slated to perform at Lostant’s Summer Fest include local oldies band Old as Dirt on Sunday and local band Brushfire following Saturday night’s fireworks, which Hartenbower said will be the “biggest and best in La Salle County.”
Friday’s events include a fish fry at the fire station 4-8 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s events include water fights (9 a.m. signup, action at 10 a.m.), a corn boil at the fire station 4-8 p.m. and a tent revival 6-9 p.m. sponsored by River of Destiny Church. Sunday’s events include a cruise-in starting at 12:30 p.m. with a burn-out contest at 1 p.m., and a chicken fry at the fire station sponsored by River of Destiny church.