Depot Days weekend events kick off on Thursday night


AMBOY — The 2021 Annual Amboy Depot Days offers something for everyone. This year’s festival runs Aug. 26-29.

The annual festival kicks off on Thursday night in downtown Amboy with the opening of the food stand and carnival. Thursday night is family night and all rides are $2 for this special night. The Depot Days Little Dancers will take the Main Stage at 6:30 p.m. The Miss Amboy and Little Miss Amboy pageant will begin at 7 p.m. with the crowing of the new Miss Amboy at 8:30 p.m.

On Friday at 8 a.m., the community wide garage sales and the vendor booths downtown open for business. The food stands open at 10 a.m. and the carnival will open at 6 p.m. The carnival special for Friday night is $20 bands for unlimited rides. The free concert on the Main Stage is The Beaux Band, sponsored by Shell Oil, from 9:30 – 1 a.m. The Knights of Columbus is again hosting a beer garden, where Class Field Trip will be performing.

Saturday morning kicks off bright and early at 7 a.m. with the Amboy Fire Department pancake breakfast. After breakfast, at 8 a.m., the annual Amboy Education Foundation Sylvan Shuffle Adult 5K Run/Walk begins. The Amboy Farm Tractor Show will be held in downtown Amboy from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also open in downtown Amboy at 8 a.m. will be the vendor booths. The community wide garage sales will open at 8 a.m. The food stands open at 10 a.m. and the KC Beer Garden opens at 11 a.m. 

The carnival opens at noon on Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m., they will offer an arm band special of $20 for unlimited rides. 

Mr. Steve Magic Show will be on the Main Stage beginning at 2 p.m. Whimsey Face Painting will be on hand in the Depot Parking lot decorating faces for free from 2 – 4 p.m.

The annual Amboy Lions Depot Days parade will step off at 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

Whiskey Romance will take the Main Stage for a free concert from 7- 9 p.m. The final act of the evening is live music of Burn ‘n’ Bush in the KC Beer Garden from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday morning begins at 6 a.m. with the opening of registration for the 30th annual Depot Days Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. 

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 6:30 – 10 a.m., at the beer garden. 

At 8 a.m., the downtown vendors and community wide garage sales open for business. The food stands open at 10 a.m. 

Judging for the annual car show begins at 11:30 a.m. 

At noon, the KC Beer Garden opens and the carnival will offer an arm band special of $20 for unlimited rides from noon to 4 p.m. 

The Depot Days car show awards will be presented at 3 p.m., followed by the 50/50 raffle winner drawn.