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Scott Soldwisch with Medinah Shriners hands out small toy to children while riding a mini motorcycle in Streamwood Summer Celebration parade on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Vendor Yessica Guzman sells souvenir novelties during the Puerto Rican Heritage Fest at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Vocalist Julissa Chapa sings during the Puerto Rican Heritage Fest at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. Chapa sings in the Ministerios Adonai DNA of Christ Christian Band.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Retired Chicago police officer, William Foley, rehearses with the Chicago Police Department Pipes and Drums band before performing at the Arlington Heights Irish Fest Saturday, July 27. The group consists of current and retired Chicago police officers.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

The Chicago Police Pipes and Drums band perform at the Arlington Heights Irish Fest Saturday, July 27.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

From left, Sam Frye, 5, and sister Isabel, 7, both of Arlington Heights dance to music at the Arlington Heights Irish Fest Saturday, July 27.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

Karolina Baran drums to get her Walgreens Chicago Suburbs team motivated in Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights on Saturday

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Red Fitness Center paddlers head to their dragon boat at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights on Saturday

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Cancer survivor teams wore pink and held a ceremony throwing roses into Lake Arlington during Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Wounded Warrior Project Chicago suburbs team raises their oars before competing in the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival returns to Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Anusha Amin, center, dances with other members of Junoon Dance Company in Streamwood Summer Celebration parade on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Lee Sedlack, left to right, June Euliano, Kathleen Donaldson, and Charlane Ahlin, on the Hanover Township Senior Services float celebrating Cats and the best of Broadway before the start of the Streamwood Summer Celebration parade on Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Caden Weiland, 6, of Sugar Grove throws his arms up in the air on the dragon ride at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil on Saturday, July 27.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

Peyton Jones, 4, of Big Rock gets a look at her start themed face paint at the Sugar Grove annual Corn Boil on Saturday, July 27. Grin and Wear It Face Painting was one of several activities at the Corn Boil.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

The Algonquin Academy of Dance & Music make their way down the parade route during Algonquin Founders Day parade Saturday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

One and a half year-old Ashley Ziolo of Lake in the Hills gets a ride on her dad Jason's shoulders during Algonquin Founders Day parade Saturday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Jimmy Findlay, owner of Brother's Ribs in Palatine, cuts up a roast pig at the Rockin' the Blocks community block party in Palatine Saturday, July 27

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

Kathy McLin, of Palatine, paints a rocking chair at the Rockin' the Blocks community block party in Palatine Saturday, July 27. The rocking chair will be donated to the Palatine Chamber of Commerce to be raffled off during the organizations movie night on August 18.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

Ella Bain, 3, of Mount Prospect, spins a wheel to win a prize from the Mount Prospect Lions Club at the Mount Prospect Midsummer Downtown Block Party Saturday, July 27.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

Dave Gehrke, of Arlington Heights, makes cotton candy at the Mount Prospect Midsummer Downtown Block Party Saturday, July 27.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

Backstage before their Battle of the Bands performance, Demonous huddles for a quick pep talk at the final day of the Algonquin Founders Day Festival Sunday in Algonquin Lakes Park. The Geneva band is made up of 18-year-olds Robbie Brouillete, Erik Eldridge, Julian Lynch, and Spencer Treece. They play Metal Rock.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Yo-Yo riders swing above the other rides except the Ring of Fire at the final day of the Algonquin Founders Day Festival Sunday in Algonquin Lakes Park.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Ilma Skrgic, 16, waits with a monkey on her back for her younger sister, who was on the Yo-Yo ride at the final day of the Streamwood Summer Celebration in Hoover Grove Park on Irving Park Road Sunday.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Mike Mindykowski relaxes in the sun as his kids enjoy themselves at the final day of the Streamwood Summer Celebration in Hoover Grove Park on Irving Park Road Sunday. It was his son's birthday. They live in Streamwood.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Cody Lang (left) and Brian Elingsworth collide in the lawn mower heat of the demolition derby at the 2013 DuPage County Fair on Sunday, July 28, 2013. The lawn mower heat was a new addition.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Two cars collide at the demolition derby at the 2013 DuPage County Fair on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Zachary Gonzalez of Carol Stream, 11, shoots a basketball to play on the games at the 2013 DuPage County Fair on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

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Lacy Frydrych of Chicago (sitting) gets jumped over by Lane George of Minneapolis, Minn., as a part of the BMX show at the 2013 Winfield Criterium at Oakwood Park in Winfield on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Todd Pogreba of Lombard (left) comes in second place in the category five race at the 2013 Winfield Criterium at Oakwood Park in Winfield on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Pogreba rides with EMC^2 Team.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Riders in the category five race round a corner at the 2013 Winfield Criterium at Oakwood Park in Winfield on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Danielle Krebs of St. Charles, 12, cheers on the BMX riders at the 2013 Winfield Criterium at Oakwood Park in Winfield on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Krebs won her race earlier in the day.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 7/29/2013 9:03 AM

About this Gallery

Images from this weekends festivals that include the Puerto Rican Heritage Fest, Arlington Heights Irish Fest, Rockin' the Blocks, Midsummer Downtown Block Party, International Dragon Boat Festival, Streamwood Summer Celebration, DuPage County Fair, Algonquin Founders' Day and the Winfield Criterium
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