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posted: 8/5/2014 12:07 PM

Fireworks highlight the annual Lakemoor Fest celebration

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  • The Zipper spins in the evening sky during Lakemoor Fest.

       The Zipper spins in the evening sky during Lakemoor Fest.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer, 2012

Village of Lakemoor submission

The 19th annual Lakemoor Fest will be held at Morrison Park, 233 Rand Road (Route 120), Friday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 10.

The annual festival started in 1995 as a small community event to bring residents and neighbors together. Since then, it has grown to include carnival rides and games, food vendors and beer tent, crafts, a bags tournament, fishing derby, and live bands and entertainment.

The highlight of festival is the fireworks display, considered among the best in Lake and McHenry counties. The village is seeking to collect $5,000 in donations from residents and visitors through the "Get a Bang for your Buck" fundraising campaign to enhance the fireworks show.

This year, the water portion of the fireworks show is back by popular demand. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend the festival during the weekend.

Admission is free. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 9; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

Besides four live bands, there are wristband specials for carnival rides from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

The festival is paid for mostly by sponsorships and donations from residents and the general public, with very little reliance on taxpayer funds.

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