Windmill City Festival: July 9-12, 2015

It will blow you away!
Free admission
Organized by: Batavia Park District, Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Batavia Depot Museum, and City of Batavia

THURSDAY, JULY 9

6:00 - 8:00 pm Batavia Chamber Mixer - Join us as we kick off the 2015 Windmill City Festival! Mix & mingle with your fellow Chamber members, then stay for Hillbilly Rockstarz! Location: Batavia Riverwalk For more information, visit bataviachamber.org
6:00 - 10:00 pm Carnival - Unlimited Rides for $25
6:00 - 9:00 pm Beer Garden Open
7:00 - 10:00 pm Hillbilly Rockstarz - Chicago's very own country super group, they specialize in covering the latest hits in country music including some of everyone's classic favorites. This band is always true to the original recording, so they always gotcha covered. Every show is a guaranteed good time...Hillbilly style! Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Band Perry, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich....these are just a few of the artists' songs that you will hear!

FRIDAY, JULY 10

noon - 10:00 pm Carnival
Unlimited Ride hours are from noon to 4 pm for $25 per person.
5:00 - 11:00 pm Food Booths Open
5:00 - 11:00 pm Beer Garden Open
5:00 pm Cheerleading Demo - BHS Bulldog Cheer Camp Grades K-8
6:00 - 8:00 pm Gallery - Five piece Rock & Roll band out of Geneva, Illinois. The band formed in 2006 and they play a wide variety of classic rock songs, primarily from the 70's, 80's and 90's, covering music by AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Who, Poison, Molly Hatchet, Bad Company, Kiss, Van Halen and more. Their goal is to provide a classic rock experience unlike any other in the area.
7:00 pm Windmill Whirl - Grab your trail running shoes for a new experience and dash off onto this new trail route as we move into the sun setting for the day. Awards will be given to the 3 overall males and females in each age division. Registrations processed before June 22nd are guaranteed a shirt, and the first one hundred participants registered will receive a sports bag. The price is $25 for those registered by July 8th and $30 the day of the race. Children 8 and under receive a $10.00 discount. Walkers are allowed and encouraged! We request that walkers start at the back of the start line and understand awards will start with the last "runner" in. This is a family friendly event. However, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety purposes. On site registration will take place on the South Riverwalk Plaza at the south end of the Government Center or register online. Due to chip timing, no registration will be taken after 6:30 PM. Registration after July 8th is only available in person with cash or check. Results and medals will be administered after the last runner returns or no later than 8:00 PM. Pre-registration bib pickup is available from 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM by the registration table. Shirt/packet pickup will be provided AFTER racers finish. Please note there will be no personal item or bag check for this race. Water and light snacks will be provided for runners too. We look forward to having you with us!

Register for the Windmill Whirl

9:00 - 11:00 pm 7th Heaven - The band has been heard on over 7 radio stations in Chicagoland with their hits "Stoplight", "Better This Way" and "Sing". Also known for the famous "30 Songs in 30 Minutes" medley of songs from the 70's and 80's, 7th heaven has been an entertainment staple for 30 years. Playing over 250 shows a year, with an average of 100 outdoor events, 7th heaven has earned the right to say "We've seen a million faces and rocked them all!"

SATURDAY, JULY 11

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Craft Show and Flea Market - Enjoy a day of outdoor shopping as you browse through more than 30 vendor booths. Location: North of Peg Bond Center
9:30 - 11:30 am Touch a Truck - Children of all ages will have a chance to explore various vehicles.
10:00 am Pet Parade - Invite your furry, or not-so furry friend to this unique parade! The first 50 registered participants will receive a complimentary "doggie bag" to take home. Interested participants must register at the main stage from 9:15 - 9:50 am.
10:00 am - 12 noon BSCC Game Time - Come on down and try out some games! Chickenfoot Dominoes, Rummikub, Phase 10, Skip-bo are just a few of the games to try! Location: Main Tent
11:00 am - 11:00 pm Food Booths Open
Noon - 10:00 pm Carnival
Unlimited Ride hours are from noon to 4 pm for $25 per person
Noon - 11:00 pm Beer Garden Open
Noon - 2:30 pm Park District Demonstrations - Main Stage Event.
  • 12 noon - BPD Dance Team
  • 12:30 - BPD Spirit Cheer Team
  • 1:00 - Martial Arts
  • 1:30 - BPD Flippers
1:00 - 4:00 pm Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby
1:00 - 8:00 pm Golf Challenge - Step right up and give it your best shot! Ages 10 and up can try to chip a hole-in-one on a floating green in the Depot Pond. Get 5 balls for $5!
3:00 pm Diaper Derby - Enter your little one in this exciting "crawling race" for babies 6 - 15 months. Participants and their enthusiastic supporters need to register at the Main Stage between 2:30 -2:45pm.
Sponsored by the Batavia Mother's Club
3:00 - 5:00 pm Live Band Karaoke - Anyone who remembers rocking out into their mom's microphone/hairbrush in front of the bathroom mirror when they were little knows a thing or two about working hard on their stage presence in private. Now that you're all grown up, it's time to take your passions out in to the open. Live band karaoke gives you the opportunity to perform like a true rockstar-with a live, energetic band behind you to back you up. Check out Live Band Karoke and rock on.
Location: Main Stage
5:00 - 8:00 pm Strolling Entertainer - Jason Kollum will entertain the crowds with his juggling talents while strolling on stilts!
6:00 pm Bags Tournament - The Batavia Parks Foundation is hosting a "Toss for a Cause" bags tournament for participants 14 years and older on Saturday, July 11 at 6:00 pm during Windmill City Festival. Two-person teams will play a minimum of three games and cash prizes will go to the top two teams. Register by calling 630-879-5235.
6:00 - 8:00 pm Midwest Dueling Pianos - The hilarious comedy and wildly entertaining music of Midwest Dueling Pianos, is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. You will be singing, cheering, dancing, and laughing so hard you'll be doubled over gasping for breath. It's an experience unlike any other that will leave you amazed and begging for more.
9:00 - 11:00 pm Arra - One of the best and largest drawing classic rock cover bands in the Chicagoland area for the past 2 decades. Performing the biggest hits by the biggest bands of all times with precision and excellence is the secret to their success. Their unparalleled vocal harmonies and incredible musicianship is also what has brought them to being one of the most sought after club and festival bands in the Chicago area markets. Arra has performed with some of the biggest bands and performers of all time. Kansas, 38 Special, Survivor, Rare Earth, The Ides of March, Steppenwolf, Paul Rodgers from Bad Company and Dennis DeYoung from Styx are just a few of the National acts that Arra has shared the stage with throughout the years. Arra was recently voted best classic rock band (3) years in a row in a major local music publication.

SUNDAY, JULY 12

11 am - 5:00 pm Craft Show and Flea Market - Enjoy a day of outdoor shopping as you browse through more than 30 vendor booths. Location: North of Peg Bond Center
Noon - 2:30 pm Disc Golf Challenge
Noon - 6:00 pm Food Booths Open
Noon - 6:00 pm Beer Garden Open
Noon - 5:00 pm Carnival
Unlimited Ride hours are from noon to 4 pm for $25 per person
Noon - 5:00 pm Golf Challenge - Step right up and give it your best shot! Ages 10 and up can try to chip a hole-in-one on a floating green in the Depot Pond. Get 5 balls for $5!
1:00 - 3:00 pm Pirates Over 40 - Since 1999 "Pirates Over 40" have been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest with fun and energetic renditions of your tropical favorites including Jimmy Buffett, punctuated with an eclectic mix of classic rock and oldies - all performed in our own unique tropical flavored style.
2:00 pm Ice Cream Eating Contest - A 100 foot gutter will house hundreds of ice cream scoops for participants to devour. Register near the Main Stage between 1:15 - 1:45 pm. Presented by Foltos Tonsorial Parlor and Batavia Creamery.
3:00 pm Fire Hose Challenge - Compete in this exciting challenge to send a ball across the opposing team's line using fire hoses! Participants must be at least 5 years old to participate.
4:00 - 6:00 pm Back Country Roads - Back Country Roads, aka "BCR" is one of the Midwest's freshest country bands! Comprised of seven musicians, this band brings the big sounds of Nashville home to the Midwest! Performing throughout the Midwest since 2009, BCR's contemporary sound and dynamic stage shows have earned them a loyal following and several opening slots for national acts such as Phil Vassar, David Lee Murphy, Darryl Worley, Neal McCoy, Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Danny Gokey.