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Green Light Nights returns to downtown Rockford this weekend

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You might remember Sophie B. Hawkins rocking the stage back in 2010. Thanks to festival organizer Chris Wachowiak, Green Light Nights returns to downtown Rockford this Saturday. This outdoor block party focuses on family fun and entertainment.

"It's a great night activity. You can't beat five bands for $5, plus there's also a lot of beverages and treats for the kids." -says Wachowiak.

Local acts like Stendek, a self-proclaimed loop artist, will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. While adults enjoy the music, there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy.

"We have bouncey houses, bouncey slides, someone doing fake dreads for the kids, and henna tattoos." -says Wachowiak.

The block party starts off with a less-than-one-block run against Parkinson's Disease, sponsored by Yackle Charities. That's followed by a rock-paper-scissors tournament for families to enjoy. The race registration fee is $20 dollars, but the event ends up paying for itself.

"With the $20 dollars you get a T-shirt, a baby pizza from Capri restaurant, pancakes from The Stockholm Inn, and your choice of beer or mixed drink." -says Yackle Charities Director Jason Warner.

And thanks to one local sports club, there's incentive to win the tournament.

"The winner ends up winning a year's fitness membership to PEAK Fitness on State Street. So, we're endorsing some healthy activity, and a healthy prize." -adds Wachowiak.

Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping to promote Green Light Nights. President and CEO John Groh says the block party's downtown setting is ideal.

"One of the things that's really great about Rockford is there's a lot of different venues. I think anytime you can use an urban setting, like these two blocks along Main Street, is really unique." -says Groh.

The final band will play until 11:30 p.m., followed by an after-party at Kyrptonite. Registration for the run against Parkinson's starts Saturday afternoon at 3:30.

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