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Family-friendly fun at Creve Coeur Days 2017

By: Katie Ward Beim-Esche


Scenes from Creve Coeur Days 2016

Where, when, and how much

Creve Coeur Days will be held again on the campus of De Smet Jesuit High, 233 N. New Ballas Road, just north of Ladue Road along Interstate 270. This family-friendly festival and charity event celebrates its 51st year with a carnival midway, parade, live entertainment, concessions and more.

The midway is open during the following hours:

  • Thursday, June 22 from 6-10 p.m.
  • Friday, June 23 from 6-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 24 from noon-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25 from noon-6 p.m.

Admission is free. As is tradition, proceeds from the 2017 event will be distributed to local charities.

For participation info, visit www.crevecoeurdays.com.

 

Parking

Limited free parking will be available at De Smet Jesuit High School. Additional parking also will be available, after business hours, at the U.S. Post Office and the Creve Coeur City Hall on New Ballas Road. Guests are asked to avoid parking tickets by observing police “No Parking” signs in nearby subdivisions.

 

 

Rides at Creve Coeur Days 2016

Armband Night

Thursday night, known as Armband Night, is a special preview of attractions. Guests who purchase a $20 armband can ride all the rides as much as they’d like for the whole evening.

 

Carnival games at Creve Coeur Days 2016

Carnival midway

Come one, come all to the carnival midway! Guests can try their luck for prizes at the game booths or enjoy exciting carnival rides. Food booths and food trucks will feature a variety of concessions, including shaved ice, Mexican cuisine and wood-fired pizza.

 

Mack Daddyz at Creve Coeur Days 2016

Live entertainment for kids and adults

Festival-goers will be dancing in the streets as local bands rock the main stage throughout the weekend.

The Jobz 300 kicks things off from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, June 23. This five-piece outfit describes itself as “fun-lovin’, rockin’ party band.” They play a mix of 80s alternative, up-tempo blues, country and bar favorites.

Saturday afternoon features the goofy stylings of Babaloo at 3 p.m. Babaloo is an award-winning, wild, wacky, musical comedy children’s performer. His high-energy, interactive act keeps kids laughing with silly songs, props and antics. There’s dancing, shouting and beanbag-bopping in this show, which has been described as “carefully controlled kid chaos.” Some tunes are hilarious and ridiculous, while others deal with sharing, acceptance or character education.

On Saturday, June 24 from 7-10 p.m., Mack Daddyz brings the heat. This trio’s motto is, “If it rocks, we play it.” Jam with the band as they play 80s and 90s hard rock, plus a few rock/pop favorites from the 60s to today.

Next stop: Fun Station, also known as The Bubble Bus. The Bubble Bus brings its interactive bubble-making fun to the festival at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. The hand-painted school bus is an extravaganza of glowing blacklight bubbles – some big, some small, all non-toxic. Stop by to see “the world’s most sure-fire way of spreading joy and bubbles to people of all ages.”

 

Charity fundraising

Creve Coeur Days has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, as well as philanthropic and civic organizations. In 2016, a portion of the proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society, The BackStoppers Inc., Camp Rainbow, Crisis Nursery Saint Louis, De Smet Jesuit High, Give Kids a Smile and The Kaufman Fund.

Creve Coeur Days, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and is not a department of the city of Creve Coeur, Missouri. The festival is organized and managed entirely by volunteers, rather than by the city government itself. Many volunteers for the nonprofit organization have served on the board for many years, but new members are added every year and anyone is welcome. Volunteers do not need to be residents of Creve Coeur to participate.

 

Parade and mascot marshals

The Creve Coeur Days Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Participants set off from the Centerco Office Suites building. The route travels south down New Ballas Road in the northbound lanes, finishing at Shaare Emeth Congregation at New Ballas and Ladue roads.

This year’s Grand Marshals are two beloved local mascots, Louie from the St. Louis Blues and Ruffy from the River City Rascals. Other parade participants include the Shriners, as well as vintage cars and local businesses.

Spectators are invited to line the streets to watch the parade. The best observation points will be on the east side of New Ballas Road. Park along the parade route and pick your favorite viewing spot. Please note that on Sunday, most office buildings, including the post office, will be closed.

Visit www.crevecoeurdays.com for additional festival and parade details.

 

Sponsors

Sponsors for the event help make it possible by providing service and financial assistance. West Newsmagazine continues to be a proud sponsor of Creve Coeur Days. This year’s sponsors also include Lion’s Choice, Monsanto, Plaza Motors, USA Mortgage, Weber Chevrolet, Enterprise Bank & Trust, The Goddard School in Creve Coeur, Great Southern Bank, Brown Smith Wallace, Mathnasium of Creve Coeur, Smoothie King and Centerco Office Suites.

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