The Great Midwestern Ballyhoo of 2017

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Roll up on September 23rd, 2017 for The Annual Great Midwestern Ballyhoo, celebrating it’s 4th year in historical downtown Lockport, IL along the I & M Canal!

General Admission Includes:

Musical performers: Eli August, Le Percolateur, Mr. Automatic and Steam Powered Giraffe.

Performance Art: Angela Eve and Eve’s Parlor Productions and her Turn of the Century Variety Show; Aero & Character Burlesque, Artistic Pole Performance, Aerial Acts, Stilt Dancers, Grinder, Fire and Flow Performers & More!!

Curate your own style with sundries from the eclectic market filled with hand-selected vendors who have a passion for creating, recycling, salvaging and restoring wonderful pieces of history.

Speaking of passion, show us your best costume creations for your chance to win the costume contest (details to come)

After you have worked up an appetite dancing, shopping and carousing make your way to our food court for a festival snack.


Individual Photo Booth Package with Steam Powered Giraffe. You will have your chance to smile, make duck faces and more with Steam Powered Giraffe in our LED Photo Booth. $30.00

Free Class: 2:00pm Steampunk 101 & Accessories. Mandy, who was recently featured by Bristol Renaissance Faire, will be sharing her Steampunk knowledge and displaying handmade costumes and accessories. You don’t want to miss this. Tickets limited. – Great Midwestern Ballyhoo Ticket Holders only.

VIP Gala Package:

The Gala Package elevates your experience with special events, surprises and more!

With VIP tent viewing area *, indoor lounge with live feed, Beer Tasting, separate food & Drink, VIP A/C bathrooms and MEET & GREET, with Steam Powered Giraffe, the VIP Gala Package allows you to experience the festival to its fullest.

The Gala begins at 5:00pm sharp and will start with a beer tasting, Meet and Greet with Steam Powered Giraffe, followed by a Buffett Style Dinner with late night snacks.

Make sure to dress to impress so you and your squad can capture your memories in our LED Photo Cube and enter to win our COSTUME CONTEST. All VIP areas close at 11:00pm but venue is open until 2:00am.

High Tea

Do you like Tea? Start off your Saturday festivities by joining the Lockport Oolong Protectorate Society at their High Tea. Relax with tea, delicious foods, music and games. Best dressed guest with the best hat could win Hight Tea Contest. Same venue as the Great Midwestern Ballyhoo.

More information on the High Tea and Ballyhoo can be found at

*First come first serve

Date: Sept. 23, 2017

Location: 933 S State St Lockport IL 60441

Time: 11:00am-11:00pm

General Admission: $40.00

Gala/VIP Package: $125.00

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