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RotaryFest ready to kick off summer fest season

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  • Francois Smit of South Africa and Maurico Rojas of Mexico set up the Matterhorn ride at the 2014 RotaryFest carnival.

       Francois Smit of South Africa and Maurico Rojas of Mexico set up the Matterhorn ride at the 2014 RotaryFest carnival.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Donna Bartoli, an Elk Grove Rotary Club board member, and Bill Marston, chairman of RotaryFest, haul water to the tents as they prepare for Wednesday's opening of the annual fest.

       Donna Bartoli, an Elk Grove Rotary Club board member, and Bill Marston, chairman of RotaryFest, haul water to the tents as they prepare for Wednesday's opening of the annual fest.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The first major festival in the Northwest suburbs opens Wednesday in Elk Grove Village.

Crews were on site Tuesday making final preparations for the annual RotaryFest, which features a carnival, food and drinks, live entertainment, a classic car show and much more.

The fest continues through Sunday in Lions Park at 200 Rev. Morrison Boulevard, next to Elk Grove High School. Admission is free.

Hours are 6-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6 p.m.-midnight Friday; 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 2-10:30 p.m. Sunday.

The main stage will be filled with local bands throughout the five-day fest. Saturday will feature the Hometown Parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. with the theme, "Under the Big Top." Fireworks are at dusk on Saturday.

For more on RotaryFest, turn to today's Neighbor section.

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