Known as the fastest spinner in the world on a BMX bike, “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist Matt Wilhelm will perform at this year’s Monarch Festival on Sunday, September 7 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the corner of Clayton and County Streets in downtown Waukegan. The Monarch Festival is a free family event dedicated to raising awareness in the community about the environment, healthy living, and the importance of physical activity and exercise.
Wilhelm’s amazing BMX bike tricks have earned him 3 X-Games Medals, 2 National Championships, and a host of other awards. His presentation and performance includes his own personal childhood story about bullying and he speaks to children about perseverance and motivation. Last year he performed at over 300 different schools around the country.
Other performances during the day include the Waukegan Police Department K-9 unit, the Mexican cultural dance group Erande, and local DJ Alejandro. Waukegan Public Library Summer Reading Club finishers will be recognized on stage for their accomplishment in reading over the summer.
This is the fifth year for the Monarch Festival, which draws around 1,000 community members for free games, activities, and science-based learning. During the free event, children can scale a climbing wall, see how fast they can kick a soccer ball, fly a quad copter drone, get their face painted, make a butterfly mask, hula hoop, jump rope, and much more.
Local restaurants, including Rosita La Michoacana, Dockside Dogs, and Las Marias Tortilleria, will sell food and drinks and the Chicago Botanic Gardens Green Youth Farm will offer fresh fruits and vegetables from their local farmer’s market.
Sponsors of the Monarch Festival include Bright Start College Savings, Prairie Crossing Charter School, Great Lakes Credit Union, Words on Wheels, Lewis Fresh Market, Vista Health, Consumers Credit Union, Erie Family Health, H&R Block, Rosita La Michoacana, Classic Toyota, Puro Futbol, Mundo Fox, Waukegan Park District, and Most Blessed Trinity Parish.
For questions about the festival, the performers or exhibitors, call Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.