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Decatur Civic Center

The 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series trophy tour stops at the Decatur Civic Center. The civic center will host Downtown Family Fest on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30.

DECATUR — The Decatur Civic Center wants its Downtown Family Fest this weekend to be the answer for families looking for affordable fun.

The festival will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Activities and vendors will be in multiple areas at the civic center, including the main parking lot, the lawn and the arena. 

Stacy Hagan, civic center marketing manager, said the Family Fest was created in response to community members seeking something fun to do in town for no cost to attend. 

Its schedule of activities includes an indoor craft market in the civic center arena, performances by Wreckless Whiskey and The Boat Drunks, food trucks and an area where children can get their faces painted or play Knockerball

"There's a ton going on," Hagan said. "There's something that will attract every demographic."

Minor renovations are currently under way at the civic center, but General Manager Chris Brodnicki said attendees of the festival will not be inconvenienced. Any cones or barricades in place during the event will be easy for crowds to navigate around, he said. 

Brodnicki said the lobby is currently being reconfigured for ice skating season, and the carpeting has been removed to make way for rubber tiles. At the entrance, two concrete piers have been constructed for two light poles to be installed on top of them. 

"In years past, people have said that the front end of the civic center can get very dark at night," Brodnicki said. "The new lights will be installed within the next month." 

After being closed off for the past three weeks, the lobby's bathrooms have also been reopened in time for the Family Fest, Brodnicki said. 

Hagan encouraged anyone who is interested in the Family Fest to come out and have a good time. Looking forward, she said the civic center already intends to make the festival an annual event. 

"No matter what age, there's something for you to do here," Hagan said. 

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