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With a carnival, food and drinks and free entertainment, it’s no wonder that Pontoon Beach’s Party at the Beach is going on its fifth consecutive year with an even bigger headliner and higher expected turnout than ever before.
Thursday, Aug. 11, will mark the early opening of the carnival, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 12, the carnival will go from 4 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to midnight.
The party officially starts Friday with food vendors, drinks, carnival rides and more. The musical entertainment will kick off at 7 p.m. with Breach of Peace, a St. Louis rock ’n’ roll/party band. This act will be followed by Dr. Zhivegas, St. Louis’ most popular cover band, at 9 p.m.
In between the carnival rides and the musical entertainment, partygoers can watch the Balloon Glow at dusk.
“Starting at dusk, we’ll be blowing up three St. Louis-area hot air balloons. It’ll be pretty spectacular, especially if you’ve never seen hot air balloons up close before,” Pontoon Beach Mayor Mike Pagano said.
The festival will continue into Saturday, with doors opening at 10 a.m. Acoustic music can be found on the small stage from 1 to 5 p.m., with Todd and Ethan Jones being one of the featured acts.
Saturday night continues the musical entertainment, with Vote for Pedro’s rock/hip hop/funk tunes starting off the night with dancing and energy at 5 p.m. Following them, Danny Liston & Friends’ rock band will perform at 7 p.m. The beach party’s headliner, Night Ranger, will be hitting the stage at 9 p.m., bringing their 30-plus years of experience and playing all the hits.
“We’re excited for all of our entertainment, and Night Ranger will be a great way to end the weekend. Night Ranger has been around for so long — whenever I played in bands I even played some of Night Ranger’s songs. They’re going to put on a great show. With three of the original members still performing, it’ll make the concert even better,” Pagano said.
Admission to the party and concerts will be free, with the only thing partygoers having to pay for is food, drinks and carnival tickets.
“We make a little bit of money off of carnival, drink and food sales, but we use our tourism fund to pay for the entertainment,” Pagano said. “We use the money to promote the village. What better way to promote the village than to have free concerts and to give all of the local businesses more business, too?”
After five years of the Party at the Beach, not just Pontoon Beach residents are attending anymore. The Party has gotten much advertisement through tourism magazines, word of mouth, and will even be advertised on a KSHE95 radio show. St. Louis residents might even be lured in by the city’s mascot, the Budweiser Clydesdales.
The Party at the Beach will be at the Randall D. Dalton Veterans Park, located behind the Bank of Edwardsville on Illinois 111. For information, contact Pontoon Beach’s Administration Office at (618) 931-6100.