Hoffman Estates 4th of July Festival 2010

Hoffman Estates 4th of July Festival 2010
July 1st to July 5th
1900 Hassell Road (Village Hall)
Hoffman Estates, IL  60169

It went on from Thursday night starting with the carnival, till Monday night. Most of the attractions and games were being managed by Modern Midways.

Here’s what I got a chance to see as far as rides:

  • Carousel
  • Dragon Coaster
  • Tea Cups
  • Bumper Cars
  • The “Yoyo”
  • Twirl a whirl
  • Super Slide
  • Air slide
  • Disney themed air house for kids to jump around in
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Frog hopper
  • NFL themed spinning “dish” ride
  • There were ponies for the children to ride on

I don’t really like going on rides so I sat them out and just watched other people have a go.

As for games:

  • Water pistols
  • Cork guns,  to shoot out empty soda cans
  • Throwing ping pong balls for gold fish
  • Shooting basketballs

This is a festival so let’s not forget that there’s also food to be had…

You had the usual carnival food with popcorn, cotton candy and funnel cake. There was also a vendor making malt shakes and smoothies. There were more vendors located inside a food tent…

I thought it was a nice selection of foods to eat.

On Sunday July 4th there was a Pie Eating contest in the afternoon. The event was setup by having two separate age groups, 1-18 and Over 18. The goal of the competition was to finish a single pie in 3 minutes and the person who ate the most pie in that given amount of time won a medal and had their picture taken.  About an hour later a “Bags” contest started. I do have some experience playing the game of bags but I never knew the actual rules until I watched it here. Quite entertaining and I observed some different tossing techniques. I had originally wanted to enter the contest but I didn’t know that it was played in pairs.

A few other things went on aside from the things I previously stated. There was a Pony ride area and a magic show for the kids, a dedicated tent for Bingo games, and a DJ that took music requests. The Hoffman Estates Park district had a wall climbing station setup.  The Hoffman Estates Fire department demonstrated some of their rescue procedures. There were also live musical performances on both Saturday and Sunday. I was able to catch a performance on Sunday, the band was called Covergurl. I thought they were alright but I was really waiting for something else… The Fireworks show.

It was a real nice site to see from the hill I was on.  Most of the fireworks were  had the Red, White, Blue color theme going and at certain points I could feel a vibration pass trough my body when the fireworks popped and crackled. There was patriotic music playing in the background but my focus was mostly up at the night sky. I took the time to look around me and there were a lot of people camped out on this hill.

I had a good time at this 4th of July festival, one that I hope to repeat next year.

-Tony

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