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Day-long Flossmoor Fest set for Sept. 9

Flossmoor Fest, a one-day street festival that has been offered for more than 20 years, will be held in downtown Flossmoor on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The event celebrates living in Flossmoor and highlights the diverse, connected community spirit found in the Village.

The H-F High marching band performs during Flossmoor Fest 2022. (Chronicle file photo)

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with music provided by Conservatory Vintage & Vinyl, immediately following the conclusion of the Hidden Gem Half Marathon, which is a 13.1-mile race throughout Flossmoor neighborhoods. Opening ceremonies and the National Anthem will be played at 11:30 a.m. at the main stage, located in front of the Flossmoor Public Library at 1000 Sterling Ave. 

At noon an event favorite, the Homewood-Flossmoor High School Marching Band, will perform in the downtown circle, followed by the Jesse White Tumblers at 1 p.m.

Free kids’ activities will run from 2-7 p.m. down Sterling Avenue and will include amusement rides, inflatable bounce houses, a bungee run and a 90-ft. slide. Additional children’s activities will include a kiddie train, face painters and rolling video games.

Musical performers on the main stage will include:

  • 2 p.m., Six of Spades — a group of five Homewood-Flossmoor High School seniors who bring an ethereal blend of harmonies, guitar and percussion.
  • 3 p.m., Raspberry Ca-beret — a local crew of performers offering popular hits and show tunes.
  • 5 p.m., The Friends Band from Chicago will close out the fest with its eclectic selection of hits, both old and new.

The day will also feature local food and drink options, including selections from the Bistro on Sterling, Buona Beef, Confections, Cork Gaming & Wine Bar, Dunning’s, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Ruby Ella Sweets.

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Information booths highlighting local businesses, organizations and village commissions will be open beginning at 11 a.m.

“Working on this annual event is a team effort that begins right after the previous year’s festival ends,” said Stephanie Wright, Village of Flossmoor community engagement manager. “We look forward to providing a day filled with fun, food, friendship and great music!”

The village is increasing public safety measures at this year’s event in response to incidents and tragedies at similar community events in the greater Chicago area. The fest footprint is being centralized to the downtown area, enclosed with three entry and exit points: 1) Sterling Avenue & Flossmoor Road; 2) Central Drive near the Central Drive parking lot; and 3) Sterling Avenue near the Flossmoor Public Library parking lot.

There will also be increased security inside and outside the fest grounds. Bags will be searched and attendees will be wanded. Cameras and a drone will be strategically used in all areas near the fest to help monitor safety.

For more information, please visit www.Flossmoor.org.

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