Although the National Weather Service is predicting winds as high as 60 mph Wednesday, Parkside Pub co-owner Jeff Lovell said Huntley’s 37th annual Turkey Testicle Festival still is set to open at 11 a.m.
Lovell said the bar and patio will be open for the event no matter what, but winds may prevent an outdoor tent used for the festival from being occupied.
“We believe we’re going to be fine, but we just want to make sure everything’s safe,” Lovell said.
The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch for northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana on Wednesday with southwesterly to westerly winds between 30 and 40 mph and potential gusts as blustery as 60 mph heading into Wednesday afternoon.
NWS meteorologist Kevin Birk said residents should proceed with caution if traveling north or south along the interstate and be mindful of loose Christmas lights or decorations displayed outside.
Huntley Village Manager Dave Johnson said the village has been in close communication with the owners of Parkside Pub and police and fire agencies to monitor the weather conditions.
“We’re monitoring the weather conditions, and we’ll continue to do so,” Johnson said. “Based on what we can evaluate from a safety standpoint, the expectation is that the event will take place in some form or fashion.”
Lovell said the weather never has postponed the festival, and there never was an expectation to call off the event. Lovell said that about 5,400 people attended the event last year.
“Even with [the weather], we hope to get another record crowd,” Lovell said.
Lovell said he will know for sure Wednesday morning when or if the tent will be opened.
The Turkey Testicle Festival is expected to last until midnight and will feature performances from a number of Chicago-area bands, including Voyage at 11 a.m., 7th Heaven at 1 p.m., Modern Day Romeos at 5 p.m. and Nashville Electric at 9 p.m.
For information on the Turkey Testicle Festival – including ticket prices and bus routes – visit www.parksidepub.com/ttf.