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The community cookout/Festival is back, and we are beyond excited. This free event is hosted by Elgin cares, but the entire community puts it on. We will have food, games, and competitions, not to mention the famous bingo game. Oh, since it is Elgin's 150 birthday, we will have gifts, door prizes, and other giveaways for every age group. So grab the kids, the stroller, Outdoors Armchair, your dog, your pet hamster, your grandmother, and the guy who takes 15 plates from the family reunion; this event is for everyone. And we do me, everyone. Keep reading for more details below.

We are serving up you BBQ plates with beans and potato salad for the sides. The kids can enjoy hotdogs and sweet treats from our vendors.

Live music is back on stage in 2022.  The last year we did this, it was a big hit. This time we will have local groups and rappers coming to the stage.

Music Performer

We will have games and activities for kids of all ages. That includes a bouncy house, a water slide, and water games.

Children's Race
Playing Cards

The adults will have games as well: dominoes and spades. But we are spicing it up a bit; each winner will receive bragging rights and $50.00 gift cards each. Word of warning chooses your partner carefully because your opponents are coming for you.

This year we are introducing a three-on-three basketball competition, and the winners will receive bragging rights and $50.00 gift cards each. When this competition is over, we will all know who is the best in the Elgin area.

Basketball Game
Image by Alejandro Garay

And for you bingo players, we haven't left you out. As you sit under the trees, you will be able to play as much bingo and prize-winning as you can take. It goes from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and starts again at 1:00 PM ending at 3:00 PM, so be there early.

We have other activities on the way. Check back often.

Volunteer Team


We need your help! Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject, and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." 


If you've been looking for a way to give back to your community, this is it. Or maybe you need Community Service Credit; we can offer that.

We have several areas in which we will need help. And we want to know if we can count on you.


  • Three on Three Basketball Referee

  • Judge for Spades, Dominos, and UNO ((You must know the official rules. We are not using house rules)

  • Kids activity (it will be clear rules and guidelines that you will need to enforce gently.)

  • Set up and tear down

  • Registration table

  • Graeter's

  • Security

  • Trash pickup (equipment will be included)

  • Price station

  • Snack stations

  • And a ton of other areas to serve in

If interested, please email us at

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