Montgomery Fest is headed back to the village next month with a mix of new and old attractions.
The annual festival will feature carnival rides, a craft show, pony rides and a petting zoo, food, a car show and other entertainment from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13-14 at , North River and West Mill streets.
Trustee Denny Lee, a co-chair of Montgomery Fest, said the event provides a time for reunion.
“Sometimes you see people [at the festival] you only see once a year,” he said. “It’s a nice time to see all the kids being brought back into Montgomery—grandkids now, in a lot of cases.”
Lee said many people look forward to the festival’s car show, which will be held in at Route 25 and Mill Street.
“As everybody says, it’s one of the best shows in the Midwest,” he said.
A new attraction to this year’s festival is a Civil War re-enactment. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, a re-enactment group Saturday will stage a re-telling of Camp Hammond, Montgomery's Civil War camp, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at on River Street.
Every hour there will be a new activity by the re-enactors, such as drills, a baseball game played according to rules in 1861, cooking and eating the food of the time for lunch and dinner and a swearing-in ceremony.
“People are welcome to come in and talk to the re-nactors,” said Debbie Buchanan, executive assistant to the village manager. “I’ve never been to one so I’m anxious to see what this is really like.”
Another event new to this year’s festival is the Diaper Dash baby crawling contest, for ages 6 to 12 months. The race will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, in the area of the sound stage.
“It’s surprisingly hard to get a baby to crawl in the direction you want them to crawl,” Buchanan said with a laugh. “People can come with toys and try to entice them. It should be fun.”
Trustee Matt Brolley had wanted to see the Shoot for the Loot contest to return to this year's Montgomery Fest, but because some sponsorships fell through it won’t be on the events roster.
“It’s not by choice,” Brolley said. “We just don’t have the funding. I’m disappointed but next year we’ll give it a shot.”
A detailed schedule of events is posted on the village website and will be mailed to all residents with the August water bills.