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Shade, sangria keep things cool at Wauconda Fest

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  • Kelly Englum of Elgin and her husband John, who works in Wauconda, enjoy the carnival and main stage from inside the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent at Wauconda Fest while having a glass of sangria and a Phat Chance blonde ale during the festival's third day Saturday.

       Kelly Englum of Elgin and her husband John, who works in Wauconda, enjoy the carnival and main stage from inside the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent at Wauconda Fest while having a glass of sangria and a Phat Chance blonde ale during the festival's third day Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Patrick Ringel, manager of Bulldogs Grill, left, and chef Martin Velazquez celebrate a penalty kick goal by Chile against Brazil in the World Cup while watching the game on an iPad during a break behind their food stand at Wauconda Fest on Saturday.

       Patrick Ringel, manager of Bulldogs Grill, left, and chef Martin Velazquez celebrate a penalty kick goal by Chile against Brazil in the World Cup while watching the game on an iPad during a break behind their food stand at Wauconda Fest on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Scott Weisbruch taps an India pale ale in the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent at the third day of Wauconda Fest on Saturday.

       Scott Weisbruch taps an India pale ale in the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent at the third day of Wauconda Fest on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Scott Weisbruch taps a glass of sangria in the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent at the third day of Wauconda Fest on Saturday.

       Scott Weisbruch taps a glass of sangria in the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent at the third day of Wauconda Fest on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

With the temperature and humidity still climbing at the start of the third day of Wauconda Fest, many took shelter in the food, bingo, or wine-tasting tents.

Kelly Englum of Elgin and her husband, John, enjoyed the carnival and main stage from the shade of the Bliss Wine and Gifts of Wauconda wine tasting tent while having a glass of sangria and a Phat Chance blonde ale at the third day of Wauconda Fest on Saturday.

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Kelly, after trading for a taste of her husband's ale, said, "I like the sangria; it's the wine you can drink in hot weather."

Bliss will sell 25 kegs of beer and 15.5 gallons of bottled wine, and three kegs of sangria according to owner Maria Weisbruch.

"This will be the biggest year yet, and all profits go to the park district," said Weisbruch, whose favorite festival wine is heavyweight cabernet.

The wine tent has a cold beer truck for the first time. "Last year we used over 50, 22-pound bags of ice; so far this year only eight," Weisbruch said.

Bulldogs Grill in Wauconda will sell more than 1,500 hamburgers and hot dogs during the four-day festival, according to owner Aaron Aggarwal. He was one of about 10 vendors in the food tent, which provided shade for more than 100 people attending the police dog demonstration. The Wauconda department's award-winning dog, Maxx, who will retire this year after nearly a decade of service, received a standing ovation.

The festival continues Sunday with a 5K/10K Challenge, Wauconda Has Talent contest, car show, and Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band performing Caribbean rock music at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $3. For information, visit waucondaparks.com.

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