Fairs are the last remaining bastion of an America that survived harsh winters by eating elephant ears and exchanging stuffed animals as currency in exchange for the eradication of feral balloon packs. Remember a bygone era with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two days of general admission to the Taste of Joliet at the Joliet Memorial Stadium (a $20 value). This Groupon is good for admission on any two days in the Taste of Joliet’s three-day schedule: Friday, June 24; Saturday, June 25; and Sunday, June 26.
The Taste of Joliet acquaints festival-goers with a cross-section of the city's eateries, plus games and music, to create a memorable weekend for friends and families. Bellies can indulge in open-air provender from the myriad food vendors peppered throughout the festival, including Jody's Hot Dogs, Mr. Smoothies, Cemeno's Pizza, and Cold Stone Creamery, the popular sweets shop that extracts ice-cream from deep within marble slabs. The festival regales attendees with live entertainment, including performances by Kenny Rogers, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cody Simpson. Settle lifelong disputes over whether water is just undercover ice with a bevy of friendly contests while aspiring adults caper about in the kid zone.
Joliet Park District
The Joliet Park District sprawls across more than 1,000 acres, engaging visitors with everything from sports to nature. Guests can wander through the foliaged paths of the Pilcher Park Nature Center and the organic community garden, or treat their senses to the floral colors and aromas that fill the bird-haven greenhouse. The 10,000-seat Joliet Memorial Stadium hosts high-school and college sporting events, while a dozen athletic fields fill with recreational players hitting baseballs, catching softballs, and spiking soccer balls when the referee isn't looking. During the summer, inner tubes transport patrons down Joliet Splash Station's high-speed water slides and 865-foot lazy river, and the glittery strands of Fourth of July fireworks color the skies above the stadium.
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