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Mechanical bull a new draw at BeachFest

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  • Jason Hanenberger of Round Lake bounces up after flying off a mechanical bull and hitting an air-padded mat at the second day of Round Lake Beach BeachFest on Saturday at the Cultural & Civic Center.

       Jason Hanenberger of Round Lake bounces up after flying off a mechanical bull and hitting an air-padded mat at the second day of Round Lake Beach BeachFest on Saturday at the Cultural & Civic Center.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • "Almost Joe" out of Waukegan packed the stage and the seats at the second day of Round Lake Beach BeachFest on Saturday. The band consists of the Vega brothers on percussion, Hector on Timbales, and Angelo on congas, John Belpedio on bass, Manny Tapia on drums, Bill Cornish on keys, Dave Johnson on sax, Luis Allende on guitar, with vocalists Paul Veselak and Diane Savaglio.

       "Almost Joe" out of Waukegan packed the stage and the seats at the second day of Round Lake Beach BeachFest on Saturday. The band consists of the Vega brothers on percussion, Hector on Timbales, and Angelo on congas, John Belpedio on bass, Manny Tapia on drums, Bill Cornish on keys, Dave Johnson on sax, Luis Allende on guitar, with vocalists Paul Veselak and Diane Savaglio.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

A mechanical bull is at BeachFest in Round Lake Beach for the first time, according to Kevin Wallace, festival chairman.

Jason Hanenberger of Round Lake rode the mechanical bull for over a minute before losing his grip and being thrown off the bull by Rick Kirkland, the ride operator, who controls the variable speed of the bucking and spinning motion.

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"Once the spinning starts, it's hard to keep focus. When the bull went to the side, I overcorrected," said Hanenberger, who was riding one for the first time at the second day of the festival on Saturday at the Cultural & Civic Center.

The mechanical bull is made from parts of a real bull that was slaughtered, including the head, tail, and hide, according to Kirkland, "I make sure everyone has a good, safe ride -- including the little kids," he said.

Elsewhere at the festival, Fernanda Sotelo, 5, and her cousin Julian Celis, 9, both of Round Lake Beach were enjoying having their faces painted by Abundant Life Church volunteers before eating grilled corn for lunch.

The band "Almost Joe" out of Waukegan packed the cultural stage and the seats as they performed a fusion of rock, blues, jazz and Latin music in the afternoon.

Sunday will feature a variety of ethnic music, a children's entertainment stage, a full carnival, an exotic petting zoo, a crafters market and a Lowrider show for auto enthusiasts. Ethnic and festival foods and beverages will be available for purchase.

For band and event details, along with BeachFest hours, visit BeachFest on Facebook or www.villageofroundlakebeach.org, or call (847) 201-9032.

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