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Dardenne Prairie Day – a celebration of community

By: Katie Ward Beim-Esche


Are you ready for the 2017 Dardenne Prairie Day celebration? This year’s event is on Saturday, Sept. 23 at City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road. The fun kicks off at noon and ends with a fireworks show after dark.

This family-friendly community event features live entertainment, children’s activities, carnival games, exhibitions by local groups and great food. Local merchants also display their wares at the vendor booths from noon-5 p.m.

Live entertainment

Be sure to catch Contagious, performing from 6-10 p.m. on the Main Stage. This five-man band has become one of the most sought-after groups in the Midwest. They’ve performed on the main stage for NASCAR and the NHL, as well as opening for major recording artists such as Cheap Trick, Bret Michaels, Foreigner and Nelly.

Contagious describes its repertoire as “a crafty mix of polished pop-rock with the best classic rock hits.” You may hear hits from current artists such as Bruno Mars or The Black-Eyed Peas, followed by classic bands such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Boston and AC/DC.

Tempting treats

Step right up for local concessions, available from noon-5 p.m.

Prairie Day attendees can treat themselves to fantastic food truck fare, from vendors such as StLouisianaQ barbecue and WingNut chicken wings, plus international cuisine from Wayno’s. Indulge a sweet tooth with treats from the Bebe Liz dessert truck. Some food trucks will be present at the evening concert after 6 p.m.

Fun for the whole family

At the BJC Fairgrounds, festival-goers find themselves at a classic carnival.

Play Skee-Ball and other games, or spin the prize wheel. Test your wits with trivia. Divine the future with a Zoltar fortune teller machine, or compete in a coloring contest. The fairgrounds also include photo spots, free Wi-Fi and a sunscreen station.

At the Prairie Day Kid Zone, from noon-6 p.m., children can enjoy a variety of activities including a rock wall to climb, bounce houses to jump in, slides to fly down and even inflatable obstacle courses. Calmer experiences include free tie-dyeing, face-painting and a balloon artist.

From noon-5 p.m., children can take a tour of emergency response vehicles used by the St. Charles County Police Department, including an ambulance, fire truck and SWAT/bomb squad truck.

A disc jockey spins tunes from noon-6 p.m., and the Bubble Bus brings its iridescent, interactive magic to the Kid Zone from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The excitement doesn’t stop in the Family Fun Tent, which puts on quite the show with six different demonstrations from music to magic to martial arts:

• Noon-12:30 p.m. – Can Do Tae Kwon Do demonstration

• 12:30-1:30 p.m. – World Bird Sanctuary show

• 1:30-3 p.m. – Kids’ crafts

• 3-3:30 p.m. – Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu demonstration

• 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Magic show

• 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Juggling show

For more information on Dardenne Prairie Day, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (636) 755-5308 or visit www.dardenneprairie.org.

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