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The start of the 104th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on Lake Michigan near Chicago on Saturday, July 21.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

B.J. Slinger and his granddaughter Abigail, 8, both of Wheaton enjoy the show during the 13th annual Wheaton Band Festival at Memorial Park Friday in Wheaton. Well over 200 people took part in this event.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Idle bull riders wait for the qualifying round Saturday evening at the Championship Bull Riding event at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles.

Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

Tyler Holder, 7, of Lake Zurich, hammers the bell for an amusement prize at Lake Zurich Alpine Fest at Lion Fred Blau Park in Lake Zurich on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band perform their Rockin' for the Troops concert at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, in honor of Operation Support Our Troops-America.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Abigal DeDina, 12, of Hampshire competes in the girls 8-14 division of the Milking Derby at the Kane County Fair Saturday.

Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

Natalie Miller, 3, of Barrington, screams for candy as she watches the parade with her father, Todd, during the Lake Zurich Alpine Fest parade Sunday along Route 22.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Jamie Luetkemeyer of Troy, IL waves to her family while competing in an inline skating marathon at the AT&T Center as part of the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Andrew Tidwell, 7, eats an ice cream bar as children from the Camp Wauconda keep cool swimming at the Wauconda Park District Beach Monday.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Naturalist Deb Krohn of Gurnee, aka "The Frog Lady" holds an Australian cane toad as it relieves itself during a presentation at Fremont Public Library Monday night in Mundelein.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Oli Barraclough, 9, of Glen Ellyn tends to his sheep in preparation for tomorrows opening of the DuPage County Fair.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Cortina Nystad and Kristen Guerrieri, right, wear red dresses during their regular run at rush hour on Route 31 in Algonquin. The Algonquin moms wear red dresses after seeing photos of young Cambodian girls sold into the sex slave industry, who were also wearing red dresses. They have organized the Red Run 5K Run/Walk to benefit organizations who help combat the problem.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Eight-year-old Alina Mower, of Lake Zurich, watches in amazement as Mr. Freeze of Fermilab demonstrates fun properties of cryogenics for children and parents Tuesday at Ela Area Public Library. Jerry Zimmerman "Mr. Freeze" discussed the properties of liquid nitrogen and its affects on air, liquids and solids.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Coco Lomeli, 4, isn't quite ready for her brother Christian Lomeli, 8, to return to classes at Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village. The school is one of few all-year schools in the area. Lomeli said he likes going to school year round because he sees his friends all the time.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Carol Stream Library Director Ann Kennedy tries to maintain her composure as she speaks to the crowd immediately following being fired by the The Carol Stream library board. They voted to fire her in a special session Wednesday night despite impassioned pleas from a packed room of her supporters.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

An overflow crowd of Carol Stream residents applaud in support of Library Director Ann Kennedy who was fired Wednesday night by the library board.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

Dick Davis of Lombard photographs the cows during the Daily Herald photo shoot out at the DuPage County Fair Wednesday. A total of 14 people took place in this judged contest.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Gregory Perisho of Warrenville moves in to get a shot of a tractor during the photography Shoot Out competition during the opening day of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton on Wednesday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Matthew Jaeger, 3, of Glen Ellyn gets a ride in a wagon with his sister Angela, 4, shading herself under an umbrella, during the opening day of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton on Wednesday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Rony Borowiak, 8 of Warrenville and his pullet named Temig, wait patiently to be judged during the opening day of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton on Wednesday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Baby robins are fed every ten minutes by volunteer Lindsay Andsager of Naperville at the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Motocross riders cross the finish line during the first night of the Lake County Fair Wednesday night in Grayslake.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

A motocross rider is silhouetted against the setting sun during the first day of the Lake County Fair Wednesday night in Grayslake.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Anne Kennedy gives a hug to Mary Clemens, the interim director at the Carol Stream Public Library on Thursday. The library board voted 4-2 on Wednesday to dismiss Kennedy as director.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Former Illini and Bulls star Kendall Gill stops by a kids basketball camp at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle. Above, Cameron Kruep, 7, of Naperville gets an autograph.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Sam Bialorucki, 19, of Algonquin keeps his head down on his collapsing board, paddling all the way and manages to take first place in the "12 and Over" category of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at the 53rd Algonquin Founders' Days on Thursday, July 26. He has been in the race for the last five years. He took third place last year.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Diana Kenney of Crystal Lake closes her eyes as the end of the motorcade for U.S. Navy Petty Officer John Larimer passes on Thursday afternoon on July 26. Kenney, who is President of the Crystal Lake Historical Society, is acquaintances with the Larimer family, living in the name neighborhood and her two children went to the same high school. "As a parent, as a fellow citizen, you have to wonder why this senseless tragedy had to happen. It's just such a waste."

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

3-year-old Jordyn Davis of Grayslake, left, milks a pretend cow at the Lake County Farm Bureau's new Ag Adventure exhibit at the Lake County Fair Thursday morning in Grayslake.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

A bearded dragon gets some attention Thursday at the Lake County Fair.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Crystal Lake family from left Grace Koeppen, 7, Laurie Koeppen and Andy Koepen, 5, ride the Cliff Hanger Thursday at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 7/30/2012 1:01 AM

About this Gallery

This week's edition of The Week in Pictures features highlights from several county fairs, the Mac race, the first day of school, and a toad.
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