PONTOON BEACH – An old school rock band will be the headliner of the Sixth Annual “Party at the Beach.”
“38 Special,” whose hits included “Hold on Loosely” and “Second Chance,” will appear on Saturday, Aug. 12, the second day of the two-day event..
The Pontoon Beach Party at the Beach will be held on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12 with the main stage located at the Randall D. Dalton Veterans Park located at 5111 Highway Route 111 just behind the McDonald’s.
Village of Pontoon Beach Mayor Mike Pagano conceived of “Party at the Beach” back in 2012 and since then the popularity of the late summer event has grown.
According to the mayor, last year’s event, which featured national rock band “Night Ranger” drew more than 10,000 people into the Metro East community of 5,000.
Prior “parties” have featured bands like “The Charlie Daniels Band” and “The Little River Band.” The free event also features locally known acts, such as the “Mike Matthews Project,” “Dirty Muggs” and “Vote for Pedro.”
Pagano, who is also a musician, said the purpose of the event is to do something for village residents and the surrounding communities. The idea was to design a festival that is family focused.
The event also features a “Balloon Glow” at 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday. A crafters and vendor fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with carnival rides and games of chance open throughout the event.
Food and drink will be provided by vendors, lamong them the Granite City High School marching band, providing kabobs and chicken and T’Mo’s Tacos. Barney Q’s and Pickerell’s will be on hand for barbecue and Freddy’s Food Truck will be on site providing an array of Mexican cuisine. Local Pontoon Beach distillery, “Mastermind Vodka” will providing its products, and the Long Lake Fire Department will be serving adult beverages, along with Sloan’s Pub House.
A variety of local businesses and organizations come together to help sponsor the event. The Village Board and administration provide most of the logistical support for the event with local police and EMS departments supporting it as well. All six hotels located within the village also participate by supporting the event through special offers for future hotel stays.