Worth Days to run Thursday through Sunday
By Steve Metsch firstname.lastname@example.org August 19, 2014 4:56PM
The crowd applauds during last year's Worth Days parade. This year's parade will focus on the village's centennial. | File photo
Here’s the lineup for the main stage entertainment:
On Friday, the Jaywalkers perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the Lounge Puppets from 9 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, it’s Bittersweet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Infinity from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday has Classical Blast from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Hat Guys from 7 to 10 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2014 12:00PM
With a different organization in charge of Worth Days, the village’s annual summer celebration, there’s bound to be some change.
But Carlo Capalbo, director of parks and recreation for the Worth Park District, doesn’t expect any complaints from the changes visitors will see this weekend.
The park district, which has taken over managing the event from the village, will have a larger food tent and has done away with a large tent that covered some of the audience for the main stage and made it difficult to see the bands.
Capalbo said about 50 volunteers will help out this weekend.
“These events really couldn’t happen if people didn’t get involved. It’s really that simple,” he said. “Amenities that people are accustomed to couldn’t happen without the volunteers. There’s very little paid staff out there.”
Last year, the park district offered to take over running the festival, and village officials agreed.
“It’s still under the village’s heading, but we operate and run it in an intergovernmental agreement,” Capalbo said. “It’s like any one of our other special events, except this goes for a full weekend instead of a couple hours.”
Worth Days is open from Thursday night through Sunday, with only the carnival open Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for nonresidents and $3 for residents. Children 15 and younger and people 60 and older get in for free, as do active military personnel with an ID.
The carnival megapass that offers unlimited rides all four days costs $40 per person. The passes will be on sale until 3 p.m. Thursday at the Worth Park District, 11500 Beloit Ave. The price increases to $50 each after that.
Some highlights of the weekend will be a kids zone from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday,
1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday; a classic car show from noon to
4 p.m. Saturday and a magic show from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Worth Days is not focusing on the village’s centennial, but the Worth Days parade, organized by the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, will make the village’s 100th year a focal point. Many families with deep roots in the village are expected to march in the parade, which starts at noon Sunday. The parade marches west on 111th Street from Ridgeland Avenue to Harlem Avenue.
There’s free parking for Worth Days at the site and at the Metra station lot, 7112 W. 111th St. There will be free shuttle bus service to and from the Metra lot and the festival from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and from
4 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.