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Libertyville Days kicks off on a great night

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  • Six-year-old Bailey Powell enjoys a SpongeBob frozen treat during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday. The event featured food, music, the carnival and the Miss Libertyville pageant.

       Six-year-old Bailey Powell enjoys a SpongeBob frozen treat during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday. The event featured food, music, the carnival and the Miss Libertyville pageant.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Kids have fun on the Freak Out ride during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday.

       Kids have fun on the Freak Out ride during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Husai Morales, 5, of Mundelein and Mathias Klemp, 6, of Libertyville play a rings game on the midway during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday.

       Husai Morales, 5, of Mundelein and Mathias Klemp, 6, of Libertyville play a rings game on the midway during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Children ran around carrying stuffed animals and blowup toys while carnival music filled the air during the first day of the Libertyville Days Festival on Thursday evening.

The event featured carnival rides and games, Church Street Eats, a beer garden with music, the Miss Libertyville Pageants and an arts and crafts fair.

"We have perfect weather for the weekend and we have very good bands," said Art Kopp, a member of the Libertyville Days Festival Committee. The festival is the annual fundraising event to support the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation.

"All the money goes back to the civic center for improvements," Kopp said.

Thursday's entertainment featured the music of the Wall of Denial, a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band, and Sixteen Candles, which played '80s tunes.

"I really like it," said Libertyville resident Rachelle Hill as she stood in line for one of the carnival rides. "I just got out of the military and now I'm having fun."

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