2024 Harvest Fest

Presented by

Steve Ostrowski State Farm Agency

About Harvest Fest

Wildwood Park District’s Harvest Fest is a free one-day event where residents and non-residents come out for a fun filled day to celebrate the beginning of the fall season. Attendees can enjoy live music and entertainment on the main stage, beer tent, delicious food, antique car show, dunk tank with local celebrities, games, kids activities, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin and face painting, decorated lake front photo op area, vendor booths, sponsor booths, and more!

Thanks to the hard work of the Harvest Fest Planning Committee, the Harvest Fest event has seen tremendous growth year after year. Now a well-know and well-attended staple of the Wildwood community, Harvest Fest typically attracts between 800 – 1,000 festival goers.



Schedule of Events

Free Entertainment

10am-3pm: Car Show (Classic, New, and Special Interest Cars)

12-12:30pm: Stillman Nature Center Owl and Hawk Demonstration (Main Stage)

12-6:00pm: Wildwood History Museum (Cottage Building)

12:45-1:45pm: TBD (Main Stage)

2-2:45pm: TOPS K-9 Dog Show (Main Stage)

3-3:30pm: Magic of Gary Kantor (Main Stage)

4-6pm: School of Rock (Main Stage)

Food & Beverage

12-6pm: Beer Tent (Miller Lite, Coors Light, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, White Claw, and Water)

Wildwood Park District Apple Cider Donuts (Gurnee Donuts), Popcorn, and Water

Gagewood Lions Club Food Tent (Burgers, Brats, Walking Tacos, Chips, and Soda)

Stone Grill & Catering Food Tent (Assorted Spring Rolls and Fries)

Kiki’s Cotton Candy/Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Kids Activities

12-6pm: Pony Rides and Petting Zoo

Warren Township Highway Department Touch-A-Truck

Dunk Tank

Pumpkin Painting

Gages Lake Conservation Committee Minnow Races

Troop 671 Rope Bridge

Troop 672 Wild Wild West

Bounce House

Photo Op Area (Lake Front Fishing Pavilion)

3:30pm: Water Balloon Toss

Vendor and Sponsor Areas

12-6pm: Browse and shop from local business vendors and sponsors!





Event Map

Please check back for the 2024 event map, as it will be posted here once available.


Becoming a vendor in our vendor area at Harvest Fest is an easy way for you to sell your product(s)/service(s), market your business, gain exposure, connect directly with your target audience, and find new customers. Vendors have the chance to meet people in your area and let them know that you are their local connection for your business. Harvest Fest is a very well attended event and can have a high return on your investment.

What to Know

  • The cost of a booth is $50.
  • Vendor area is open from 12pm – 6pm.
  • Vendors will be approved on a first-come first-served basis, and applications will be date and time stamped once received.
  • A Wildwood Park District staff member will reach out to you once your application has been reviewed to let you know whether your application has been approved/denied. Application denials may be due to a duplicate vendor, or a vendor’s product(s)/service(s)/goal/mission offers competing programs and/or services or is in conflict with the Wildwood Park District’s mission and vision statements and core values.
  • No duplicate vendors will be accepted, with the exception of accessories, jewelry, garden, produce, and/or floral.

What is Included in the Booth Fee?

  • 10 X 10 booth space. Vendor provides their own tent, signage, chairs, and 6-8 foot (max) table.
  • The Park District can provide a 6-8 foot table and two chairs for an additional $10 flat fee (orders due September 1st, checks only).
  • Electricity will not be provided.

Application and Map

Vendor registration is now open to the public. All applications will go through a review process and are approved/denied on a first-come first-served basis. To apply to become a vendor, please download and complete the Vendor Application and submit to:

Download Vendor Application

Download Vendor Map

Attending Vendors

Below is a list of attending 2024 vendors. More vendors will be added as applications are submitted and approved.

Alchemy Clay Studio- Polymer clay jewelry.

Audies Bakery- Homemade baked goods, cakes, cupcakes, breads, brownies, and more!

Barb’s Custom Rocks and Crafts- Hand painted rocks with motivational/inspirational/humorous sayings.

Color Street- 100% dry free nail polish, hand and nail product, lip product, cheek product.

DMC Designs- Woodcrafts, cutting boards, pens, boxes.

Not the Butcher, Not the Baker- Hand-turned wooden candlesticks, wine bottle stoppers, and home décor.

Viper Spit Brands- Hot sauce, hot honey, fresh peppers and spice rubs/salt blends.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring Wildwood Park District’s Harvest Fest event provides many benefits to your business, as well as the local community.

Increase Exposure and Visibility

By becoming a sponsor, your company name and logo will be featured in digital and printed promotional materials and publications that reach thousands of people in the Wildwood, Gages Lake and Grayslake area.

Connect with the Community

The Wildwood Park District offers programs and events for all ages, youth to seniors. Each sponsor level provides businesses the opportunity to directly interact with community members so you can connect with your specific target audience.

Find the Right Fit

Our flexible tiered sponsor levels offer businesses of all sizes the opportunity to be involved. Starting as low as $100, we work with you to find the right fit for your budget.

Build Company Reputation

It’s always good to see businesses use their platform for good, especially within their own community. Share your values and make a positive impact by showing your customers the human side of your business through the sponsorships you endorse.

Download Sponsorship Guide and Application

Know Before You Go

Below is helpful information regarding parking, what to bring/what not to bring, accepted payment methods, activity and game tickets, and emergency action plan that will help ensure you have the best possible and safest experience at Harvest Fest. Additional questions can be directed to the Wildwood Park District office at 847.223.7275 or info@wildwoodparkdistrict.com.

Wildwood Residents- We HIGHLY encourage walking for all Wildwood residents as Harvest Fest has seen significant growth every year and typically brings about 1,000 attendees, both resident and non-resident. Wildwood residents who choose to park at a Wildwood Park District park parking lot must have a current Wildwood Park District parking sticker properly displayed on their windshield. Vehicles that are parked in a Wildwood Park District park parking lot without a current Wildwood Park District resident parking sticker, or are improperly parked on a right-of-way (street parking) that are blocking a fire hydrant, mailbox, driveway, etc. are subject to towing.

Non-Residents- Per Wildwood Park District ordinance, parking in a Wildwood Park District park parking lot is for Wildwood residents only and requires a current Wildwood Park District resident parking sticker properly displayed in their windshield. Parking for non-residents is located on the Sears Blvd. right-of-way, in the grass at Willow Point Park (33666 N. Cove Rd., Wildwood, IL 60030), or in the parking lot at the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (33428 N. Sears Blvd., Wildwood, IL 60030). See details below. Vehicles that are parked in a Wildwood Park District park parking lot without a current Wildwood Park District resident parking sticker, or are improperly parked on a right-of-way (street parking) that are blocking a fire hydrant, mailbox, driveway, etc. are subject to towing.

On-Site Parking

  • Limited ADA and General Parking is available at Rule Park where the event takes place.
    • ADA Parking: is located on the west side of the Rule Park entrance on Sears Blvd. ADA drop-off is also available at the Rule Park entrance on Sears Blvd.
    • General Parking: is located on the right-of-way on Sears Blvd. (please park vertically to allow more vehicles to park).

Off-Site Parking

Additional ADA and General Parking is available at the following locations:

  • Willow Point Park (33666 N. Cove Rd., Wildwood, IL 60030)
    • Paved parking lot (for Wildwood Park District residents only)- 32 total parking spaces and an additional 2 ADA parking spaces.
    • Grass where the baseball field is located.
    • The entrance to a paved ADA path is located in the cul-de-sac of Woodland Terrace adjacent to Willow Point Park that leads to the festival.
    • Once parked at Willow, follow directional signage or ask a parking attendant how to make your way to the festival.
    • Paved parking lot (10 total parking spaces and an additional 1 ADA parking space).
    • Once parked at Pebble Beach Park, head south down Sears Blvd. until you reach the festival.
  • Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (33428 N. Sears Blvd., Wildwood, IL 60030)
    • Parking is for both residents and non-residents and is available on a first-come first-served basis. Please only park in the marked designated parking spaces, as vehicles who are parked outside of designated parking spaces are subject to towing.
    • Once parked, head south on Sears Blvd. until you reach the festival.

  • Event is rain or shine so please dress accordingly.
  • Bring lawn chairs, sun screen, bug spray, and cash/card for food, beverages, and tickets.
  • Friendly dogs are allowed, however, they must remain leashed and with their owner at all times. Please make sure to clean up after your pet. A Mutt Mitt dispenser is located near the Rule Park exit to Rule Ct.
  • No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to golf carts, four wheelers, dirt bikes, mopeds/scooters) will be allowed in Rule Park during the event, with the exception of emergency vehicles, Wildwood Park District vehicles, and vendor vehicles who have received prior approval. This, of course, does not apply to ADA mobility devices.
  • Outside alcohol of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • No firearms allowed.

  • The Wildwood Park District accepts cash or card payments for ticket sales (tickets are for activities such as face painting, games, pony rides, petting zoo, etc.), and our popcorn and water sales.
  • All other vendors (food, beverage, business) are responsible for their own transactions and accepted payment methods. We suggest having both card and cash on hand.
  • There will not be an ATM on-site since the Wildwood Park District accepts cash and card payments.

Activity and game tickets are good for activities and games ONLY. All food, beverage, beer tent, and business vendor and sponsor sales are cash and/or card only. Activity and game tickets will not work at the beer tent, or with food, and/or business vendors and sponsors.

  • Fire or Electrical Related Hazard: the event rally point for safety will be at the Main Stage Tent located at the north-central side of the park and Rule House.
  • Active Threat/Acts of Violence: the event rally point is Willow Point Park pavilion as primary location. If unsafe, secondary rally point is Pebble Beach Park playground.
  • Severe Weather: The Wildwood Park District staff and volunteers will closely monitor the weather in the days leading up to and on the day of the event. Due to the small size of the Wildwood Park District's office/Rule House, it will not serve as an adequate tornado shelter for all patrons. If deemed necessary for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and patrons, we will postpone or cancel the event ahead of time or do our best to give sufficient warning so that people can leave the premises and safely get home. In the event of lighting/thunder, we will have to suspend all activities outdoors based off of 30 minutes of no further lighting/thunder after the last lighting/thunder is observed/heard. Announcements will be communicated from the main stage as well as on our website and social media. If it is a sudden weather situation, please find low ground without trees. Staff and volunteers will take shelter in the interior bathrooms in the Oak Room of Rule House.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Wildwood Park District relies heavily on volunteers and is currently seeking volunteers, ages 14+, to help with Harvest Fest to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely. Even a few hours makes a big difference! We offer many different volunteer opportunities, such as helping with set-up, running kids activities, assisting with logistics, working the beer tent, and much more! Whether you’re seeking more social interaction, community service hours, or just looking to get involved and give back, volunteering has many career, educational, personal, and social benefits.

Sign Up to Volunteer

  1. To volunteer, please click the “Sign Up to Volunteer” button below and sign up for one or multiple shifts. Once you have signed up, you will need to sign a volunteer application/waiver and volunteer manual.

Sign Up to Volunteer

2. Once you have signed up to volunteer, you will need to fill out and sign a volunteer application/waiver and volunteer manual. Forms can be submitted to info@wildwoodparkdistrict.com, faxed to 847.223.2820, or mailed/drop off at the Park District front desk:

Download the Volunteer Manual

Download the Volunteer Application


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Stage Sponsor


Beer Tent Sponsor


Event Sponsor