A mess of fests for the weekend

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

“I just want to celebrate another day of living.’’

Rare Earth made that lyric popular in 1971 and 43 years later, folks can soon hear the group belt it out live.
There will be plenty to celebrate this weekend, which is one of the busiest weekends when it comes to big fairs and fests in and near the Reporter area. That will include Porky Fest at Toyota Park in Bridgeview starting today and running through Sunday. The aforementioned Rare Earth will appear at 9 p.m. Sunday at the event.
A quick look at some of the activities this weekend:

Hickory Hills Street Fair
The annual event will have a kickoff party on Saturday night at the beer garden, located in the parking lot of TCF Bank, 9528 S Roberts Road. Saturday night’s entertainment is the Fabulous Jah Moe. The beer tent will be open from 6-10 p.m. The band takes the stage at 7 p.m.
The main event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on Roberts Road between 91st and 95th streets.
Entertainment continues on Sunday when The Captain Miller Band performs from 12:15-3:15 p.m. followed by Heartland Star, who will take the stage from 3:45-7 p.m. The beer tent opens at noon.
The annual summertime event will feature approximately 100 craft vendors, 20 food vendors, who will serve a variety of entrees and treats, including popcorn, exotic drinks and shaved ice.
Auto enthusiasts can take advantage of the antique car show, sponsored by the Hickory Hills Park District from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kasey Meadow Park, 8047 W. 91st Place.

Evergreen Park’s Day in the Park
Evergreen Park’s 26th annual Day in the Park is described as “the biggest block party” in the village.
Saturday’s daylong celebration is on the grounds of the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. Festivities began at 11:30 a.m. and run through 9 p.m. A 5k run will be held at 8:30 a.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The festival features music and live entertainment, food, a beer and wine garden and plenty of children’s activities, including face painting.

4-H Fair at Toyota Park
For the first time in more than 100 years, Cook County will have a joint 4-H fair.
 The Cook County 4-H Fair will be held Saturday at Toyota Park at 7000 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview. The Cook County Fair will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and a variety of activities will be offered while the projects are judged the fair and activities are open to the public.

Porky’s Rib Fest at Toyota Park
Porky’s Rib Fest at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview runs from Thursday through Sunday.
Live entertainment from classic rock to country and blues; a huge carnival, a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday and a petting zoo are a part of the test. There will be a new mega beer fest, Friday and Saturday, featuring a selection of over 75 craft beers for sampling from around the world.
Rib vendors include local and international cookers, including: Chicago BBQ Company, Uncle Bub’s BBQ from Westmont, Robinsons Ribs, Famous Daves, Texas Thunder BBQ and even Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ from Australia.
Headlining the live musical entertainment will be Rare Earth, performing Sunday from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Performances from Tynan, Crazy Uncles, ZZ Top Tribute Band Eliminator, Back Country Roads, Screamin’ End, Brother Trouble, Brushville, Maxwell Mojo and Rolling Stones Tribute Band Hot Rocks will fill out the schedule.
The hours are 4 p.m.-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 11p.m. on Sunday.