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Enjoy Wauconda Fest this weekend

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  • Beth Ruehrdanz sings with the SwingSets jazz band in the wine and cheese tasting tent.

       Beth Ruehrdanz sings with the SwingSets jazz band in the wine and cheese tasting tent.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Children have fun on the Frog Hopper ride during the first day of the 35th annual Wauconda Fest at Cook Park on Thursday. The festival featured carnival rides, food tent, wine and cheese tasting, and musical entertainment.

       Children have fun on the Frog Hopper ride during the first day of the 35th annual Wauconda Fest at Cook Park on Thursday. The festival featured carnival rides, food tent, wine and cheese tasting, and musical entertainment.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Savannah Remillaro, Maiya Palmisano and Josh Brown ride the Cliff Hanger during the first day of the 35th annual Wauconda Fest at Cook Park on Thursday.

       Savannah Remillaro, Maiya Palmisano and Josh Brown ride the Cliff Hanger during the first day of the 35th annual Wauconda Fest at Cook Park on Thursday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Children were excited by the carnival rides while adults enjoyed the wine and cheese tasting during the first day of the 35th Annual Wauconda Fest in Cook Park Thursday night.

Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners hit the stage later in the evening to entertain the crowd with their brand of swamp boogie blues.

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"I think it is going to be great," said Nancy Burton, director of Wauconda Parks and Recreation."The weather has cooperated and today is beautiful. I am looking forward to everyone coming out and having a good time."

The festival features a food tent, carnival rides, games, entertainment and more with a bags tournament and water fights on Saturday and a craft show and car show on Sunday.

Musical entertainment will include Cavern Beat and Modern Day Romeos on Friday; Billy Croft & 5 Alarm and High Infidelity on Saturday; and Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band on Sunday.

The festival runs through Sunday, June 29, with a $3 admission.

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