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  • Riley, 10, manages to walk in her flippers while showing her costume at the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Day festival in Towne Park on Friday. Riley is owned by Alyssa Kirkpatrick, 12, of Algonquin. Alyssa worked on the scuba costume for over a month. This is the second time Riley has been in the best costume competition and has won both times.

       Riley, 10, manages to walk in her flippers while showing her costume at the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Day festival in Towne Park on Friday. Riley is owned by Alyssa Kirkpatrick, 12, of Algonquin. Alyssa worked on the scuba costume for over a month. This is the second time Riley has been in the best costume competition and has won both times.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bert, 12, patiently waits in his pirate costume before the start of the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Day festival in Towne Park.

       Bert, 12, patiently waits in his pirate costume before the start of the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Day festival in Towne Park.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bert, 12, is sized up by the judges in his pirate costume at the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Day festival in Towne Park. Bert is owned by Gabrielle Sarto, 10, and her brother, Riley, 8, of Algonquin.

       Bert, 12, is sized up by the judges in his pirate costume at the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Day festival in Towne Park. Bert is owned by Gabrielle Sarto, 10, and her brother, Riley, 8, of Algonquin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Chris Llewellyn, 9, and his sister Sarah, 4, of Bartlett ride the miniature Canadian National locomotive called Little Obie as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out.

       Chris Llewellyn, 9, and his sister Sarah, 4, of Bartlett ride the miniature Canadian National locomotive called Little Obie as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Whitney Dumke, 4, of Plainfield plays under a parachute as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out.

       Whitney Dumke, 4, of Plainfield plays under a parachute as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Don Llewellyn and his daughter Caitlyn, 6, construct a wooden periscope as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out on Friday.

       Don Llewellyn and his daughter Caitlyn, 6, construct a wooden periscope as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Olivia Kyes, 8, of Kansas rides the miniature Canadian National locomotive called Little Obie as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out. Kyes is in town visiting her grandparents.

       Olivia Kyes, 8, of Kansas rides the miniature Canadian National locomotive called Little Obie as part of Bartlett's celebration of National Night Out. Kyes is in town visiting her grandparents.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Olivia Maliszewski, 8, of Algonquin and Caroline Baran, 10, visit the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Olivia Maliszewski, 8, of Algonquin and Caroline Baran, 10, visit the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Layla Marcus, 2, of Elgin enjoys some Dippin Dots at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Layla Marcus, 2, of Elgin enjoys some Dippin Dots at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Brandon Berg, 13, and Haley Berg, 9, ride the Scrambler at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Brandon Berg, 13, and Haley Berg, 9, ride the Scrambler at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Crowds meander at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Crowds meander at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kids wait in lines to buy ride tickets at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Kids wait in lines to buy ride tickets at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Zachary Flosi of St. Charles chows down on some Chicago-style pizza at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Zachary Flosi of St. Charles chows down on some Chicago-style pizza at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Juliette Rodriguez, 14, and her friend Ilma Skrgic, 14, both of Streamwood, visit the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Juliette Rodriguez, 14, and her friend Ilma Skrgic, 14, both of Streamwood, visit the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Doing a little air dancing to the sounds of the band April's Reign, Kym Tinerella and her daughter Addison, 4, of Streamwood visit the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Doing a little air dancing to the sounds of the band April's Reign, Kym Tinerella and her daughter Addison, 4, of Streamwood visit the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Noey Alagna, 14, of Streamwood mans the dunk tank, which was raising money for the Streamwood High School cheerleaders at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.

       Noey Alagna, 14, of Streamwood mans the dunk tank, which was raising money for the Streamwood High School cheerleaders at the Streamwood Summer Celebration on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Ed Berg of North Aurora tastes some chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff, held along the Batavia Riverwalk.

       Ed Berg of North Aurora tastes some chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff, held along the Batavia Riverwalk.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A panel of judges sample chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff in Batavia.

       A panel of judges sample chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff in Batavia.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Chili eaters move from tent to tent tasting various types of chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff in Batavia.

       Chili eaters move from tent to tent tasting various types of chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff in Batavia.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Kim Spencer of Champaign, IL dishes up some of her husband's chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff held along the Batavia Riverwalk.

       Kim Spencer of Champaign, IL dishes up some of her husband's chili during the Windmill City Chili Cookoff held along the Batavia Riverwalk.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Ali Carlson, 13, of Sycamore performs with M&M Dance out of Elburn during the Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Volunteer Park on Saturday, July 30. Dancers of all levels performed several routines.

       Ali Carlson, 13, of Sycamore performs with M&M Dance out of Elburn during the Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Volunteer Park on Saturday, July 30. Dancers of all levels performed several routines.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Andrew Drabik of Aurora pulls out a cooked batch of sweet corn at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Volunteer Park on Saturday, July 30. This is Drabik's second year volunteering for the Boil. Each pot holds about 50 ears and takes 10 minutes to cook. 11,000 ears of corn will be made over the three day festival.

       Andrew Drabik of Aurora pulls out a cooked batch of sweet corn at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Volunteer Park on Saturday, July 30. This is Drabik's second year volunteering for the Boil. Each pot holds about 50 ears and takes 10 minutes to cook. 11,000 ears of corn will be made over the three day festival.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • While Director Israel Villodas, left, tunes up, Araceli Magana, 10, hits her notes before playing onstage at the 40th annual Puerto Rican festival in downtown Aurora. They are both members of Orquesta de Cuatro Fenix in East Chicago, Indiana.

       While Director Israel Villodas, left, tunes up, Araceli Magana, 10, hits her notes before playing onstage at the 40th annual Puerto Rican festival in downtown Aurora. They are both members of Orquesta de Cuatro Fenix in East Chicago, Indiana.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Jessica Guzman sells clothing and other memorabilia during the 40th annual Puerto Rican festival in downtown Aurora.

       Jessica Guzman sells clothing and other memorabilia during the 40th annual Puerto Rican festival in downtown Aurora.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011 makes its' way across the Route 62 bridge.

       The Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011 makes its' way across the Route 62 bridge.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A gigantic flag makes its' way South along Route 31 during the Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011.

       A gigantic flag makes its' way South along Route 31 during the Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Dylan Augustine, 5, of Algonquin waves his flag as the parade passes him during the Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011.

       Dylan Augustine, 5, of Algonquin waves his flag as the parade passes him during the Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Thousands of people line the streets to see the Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011.

       Thousands of people line the streets to see the Under the Sea Parade at the Annual Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin Saturday, July 30, 2011.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • On Sunday, Justin Coffman of Algonquin and Joe DiGrazia of Lake in the Hills, judge the Illinois State Regional Teen Battle of the Bands Competition during the Algonquin Founders Day festival. Coffman works at J.C.'s Guitars and Music Lessons, and DiGrazia is the manager for Guitar Center in Algonquin. Six bands competed for the chance to play at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this summer.

       On Sunday, Justin Coffman of Algonquin and Joe DiGrazia of Lake in the Hills, judge the Illinois State Regional Teen Battle of the Bands Competition during the Algonquin Founders Day festival. Coffman works at J.C.'s Guitars and Music Lessons, and DiGrazia is the manager for Guitar Center in Algonquin. Six bands competed for the chance to play at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this summer.
    Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer

  • The recent winners of the Oregon, IL band competition, One Step Closer, preformed at the Illinois State Regional Teen Battle of the Bands Competition during the Algonquin Founders Day festival on Sunday. The band originates from Oregon and has four members: Zach Smith, 17, (lead singer), Braden Barton, 17, (drums), Phil Godby, 18, (bass), and Tyler Bowers, 17, (guitar). Six bands competed in front of four local judges, for the chance to preform at the Illinois State Fair this summer.

       The recent winners of the Oregon, IL band competition, One Step Closer, preformed at the Illinois State Regional Teen Battle of the Bands Competition during the Algonquin Founders Day festival on Sunday. The band originates from Oregon and has four members: Zach Smith, 17, (lead singer), Braden Barton, 17, (drums), Phil Godby, 18, (bass), and Tyler Bowers, 17, (guitar). Six bands competed in front of four local judges, for the chance to preform at the Illinois State Fair this summer.
    Kristin Ackmann | Staff Photographer

 

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