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Des Plaines spring fair draws crowds

Katelyn Dahl was awarded the prize for best helmet in the Pooch, Pet, and Pedal Parade during Saturday's Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair.

Katelyn Dahl was awarded the prize for best helmet in the Pooch, Pet, and Pedal Parade during Saturday's Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair.

 

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Teddy Christiansen gets ready to back up a Des Plaines Fire Department ambulance at the Touch a Truck event during Saturday’s Spring Fun Fair in Des Plaines.

Teddy Christiansen gets ready to back up a Des Plaines Fire Department ambulance at the Touch a Truck event during Saturday's Spring Fun Fair in Des Plaines.

 

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Aidan Graham winds up to give the Accurate Auto wreck a pounding at the Touch a Truck event during Saturday’s Spring Fun Fair in Des Plaines.

Aidan Graham winds up to give the Accurate Auto wreck a pounding at the Touch a Truck event during Saturday's Spring Fun Fair in Des Plaines.

 

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Shelly Pantano and Jackpot, her rescued German Shepherd, won the prize for best theme Saturday at the 11th annual Pooch, Pet, and Pedal Parade.

Shelly Pantano and Jackpot, her rescued German Shepherd, won the prize for best theme Saturday at the 11th annual Pooch, Pet, and Pedal Parade.

 

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By Daily Herald report

Dozens of Des Plaines families enjoyed free activities, including a pet parade during the sixth annual Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair Saturday at the Mountain View Adventure Center and in the Juno Lighting parking lot in Des Plaines.

State Rep. Marty Moylan and Des Plaines police officer Michael Meyers kicked off the 11th annual Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade with prizes awarded in 10 categories including, best theme, best wheels, best helmet, and best tail wagger.

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Children participated in a 100-yard dash on the Prairie Lakes field, bounced in the inflatable obstacle course, climbed the Lattof YMCA climbing wall, and practiced safe "driving" in Safety Town.

The Des Plaines Healthy Community Foundation fit children for free bike helmets, Crime Stoppers made fresh popped corn, and Master Gardeners taught children about the importance of earthworms.

The highlight of the day for many children was the Touch a Truck event sponsored by the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce. Children climbed aboard Des Plaines emergency management vehicles, ambulances, police cars, public works trucks, and big rigs from local businesses and the park district.

"This is a wonderful event for families," said Linda Traina, superintendent of recreation for the Des Plaines Park District, in a news release. "It's great to see so many come out to enjoy the park, the weather, and learn about everything the city has to offer."

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