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Campton Hills festival looks to unite community for music, fun

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The inaugural United Fall Fest in Campton Hills Saturday will be a mix of bands, pig roasts, a bags tournament and a 5K run.

But what organizers really hope is for families to enjoy an affordable day that brings people together under the umbrella of fun for all.

"There's something for kids of all ages," said Mark Molloy, one of the festival's organizers. "We've got two really good bands. That's going to be the draw, I think. We're trying to make it a little something for everybody ... very affordable, a bringing together of the entire community,"

The fest will be held from 3 to 9:30 p.m. behind the Congregational United Church of Christ at 40W451 Fox Mill Boulevard, about a mile south of Route 64.

Molloy said people began kicking around the idea of an event about a year ago.

About four months ago, talk turned to action and the last 90 days have been full-on planning with the help of Fox Mill residents, along with volunteers from the village and the church.

The day begins with the Fox Mill 5K and Fun Run at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online and details are at foxmill5k.com.

The Kids' Corner opens at 3 p.m. with inflatable moon walks, snow cones, cotton candy, kettle corn an interactive station offering fun drills to encourage fitness by LaFox Martial Arts.

The live music lineup is the Wasco-area band Fam Jam from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by and Bubblegum Jack, a downstate band, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The bags tournament begins at 4 p.m. and prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants. People may sign up in pairs for $25 or as a single player and be matched with a partner. To preregister, send an email to uffbags@gmail.com or go to http://uccstc.org/uffbags.html.

Molloy said admission is free, but folks must pay for food, drinks or beer. He said organizers tried to keep prices affordable -- bottled water is $1 and it's $6 for a pulled pork sandwich with all the fixings -- and all proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Molloy said organizers were appreciative of all the sponsor support and hope to make the United Fall Fest a yearly event.

"I really think we got something here. It keeps building momentum. Everyone we went to said 'yes,' " Molloy said.

For more information, visit uccstc.org/Flyer_UnitedFallFest_2011.pdf.

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