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Contests galore at Batavia's Windmill City Festival

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  • Festival food, anyone? Julio Garcia grills sausage and hamburgers at the Genoa Pizza stand during the last day of last year's Batavia's Windmill City Festival.

       Festival food, anyone? Julio Garcia grills sausage and hamburgers at the Genoa Pizza stand during the last day of last year's Batavia's Windmill City Festival.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer, July 2011

  • The Windmill Whirl kids' race takes off at last year's Windmill City Festival in Batavia.

      The Windmill Whirl kids' race takes off at last year's Windmill City Festival in Batavia.
    Daily Herald File Photo/July 2011

 
Daily Herald staff reports

If you have a competitive spirit, Batavia's Windmill City Festival along the Riverwalk is the place to be this weekend.

The event runs from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Free parking is available north of the government center.

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The three-day festival features several contests, and visitors of all ages can join in the fun.

From noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, the Golf Challenge will let would-be golf pros take their shot at chipping a hole-in-one on a green floating in the Depot Museum pond. From 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. Friday, rock out to the Game Stop Guitar Hero Competition.

Saturday will feature the pet parade at 10 a.m. Invite your furry -- or not-so furry -- friend to this unique parade and win pet prizes for the following categories: Best Trick, Fastest Wagging Tail, Most Spots, Longest Ears, Most Unusual Pet, Best Costume, Highest Jump and Best Kisser.

Registered parade participants will receive a complimentary "doggie bag" to take home courtesy of local sponsors. Registration will be held near the main stage from 9:15 to 9:50 a.m.

Also on Saturday will be the Kane County Cougars Wiffle ball Home Run Derby and a bags tournament.

Sunday is when things get serious with the Windmill Whirl, a 5K run and youth 1-mile run. For kids, there will be Big Wheel races at noon and an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, teams are invited to compete in the Fire Hose Challenge, using fire hoses to send a ball across your opponent's line.

The festival also features a carnival, food vendors, beer garden, nightly entertainment on the main stage, and on Saturday, Touch a Truck, a farmers market and a craft show and flea market.

For a complete schedule, visit windmillcityfest.com.

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