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Des Plaines Park District's Spring Fun Fair draws hundreds

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  • Alivia Owen bounces in the inflatable obstacle course Saturday at the Des Plaines Park District's Spring Fun Fair.

      Alivia Owen bounces in the inflatable obstacle course Saturday at the Des Plaines Park District's Spring Fun Fair.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

  • Teddy Christiansen prepares to dig up the Juno Lighting parking lot Saturday at the Touch a Truck event during the fair.

      Teddy Christiansen prepares to dig up the Juno Lighting parking lot Saturday at the Touch a Truck event during the fair.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

  • Theresa Palmeri, 9, makes her way to the top of the Lattof YMCA climbing wall Saturday at the Spring Fun Fair.

      Theresa Palmeri, 9, makes her way to the top of the Lattof YMCA climbing wall Saturday at the Spring Fun Fair.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

  • The Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade awarded prizes for best helmets, best theme and other categories. Mayor Matt Bogusz gives Shelly Pantano and her dog, Jackpot, the first-place award Saturday in the "Look-Alike" division.

      The Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade awarded prizes for best helmets, best theme and other categories. Mayor Matt Bogusz gives Shelly Pantano and her dog, Jackpot, the first-place award Saturday in the "Look-Alike" division.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 
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Hundreds of families and their pooches strutted in a colorful parade Saturday during the Des Plaines Park District's annual Spring Fun Fair.

Most of the action -- like the Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade -- was centered around the Mountain View Adventure Center.

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"This is a wonderful event for families, and it gets bigger every year," Superintendent of Recreation Linda Traina said in a news release. "It's great to see so many come out to enjoy the park, the weather and learn about everything our city has to offer."

About 100 children were outfitted with free bike helmets thanks to the Des Plaines Healthy Community Foundation. Youngsters could also sign up for a Des Plaines Public Library card.

Crime Stoppers made fresh popcorn, and the University of Illinois Master Gardeners explained earthworms to young green thumbs.

Across the street, kids climbed aboard ambulances, police cars and public works trucks at a Touch-a-Truck event.

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