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Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago at Crystal Lake's Closing Centennial Festival

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Eric Helm

Crystal Lake -- The closing of Crystal Lake's yearlong centennial brings with it another free family event this fall.

The Closing Centennial Festival will be on Sunday, Sept. 14. The celebration will be held in downtown Crystal Lake from 1 to 5 p.m.

The festival, along Williams Street near the Raue Center for the Arts, will offer fun activities for the while family. Music, dance, entertainers, and cupcakes will be part of the birthday celebration. The closing Centennial Festival is free and family friendly.

In the lobby of the Raue Center for the Arts, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., will be Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago, David Howard.

Howard is one of only six people in the United States (and 11 in the world) who currently hold the title of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder. These elite LEGO builders have successfully turned their skill and creativity with LEGO bricks into a full-time, paying job. "My lifelong passion for LEGO began at the age of four, so this is truly a dream job for me," Howard said. "I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love everyday and get paid for it." Howard travels all across the country to help launch new facilities and appear at LEGO events.

Not only will Howard be showcasing his talents all afternoon, but there will be plenty of LEGO fun for the kids to enjoy. "David is an extremely talented and creative LEGO builder with a warm and enthusiastic personality that families and children are drawn to," said Nick Miller, General Manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. Come to the lobby of the Raue Center for the Arts to witness David Howard build a famous Crystal Lake Landmark, or explore your own creativity with LEGOS.

The City of Crystal Lake is celebrating its Centennial Year in 2014. This yearlong celebration commemorates the incorporation of the City of Crystal Lake after the Villages of Nunda and Crystal Lake voted to consolidate.

The centennial celebration kicked-off in September of 2013 with the phenomenally successful kickoff festival at Three Oak Recreational Area.

The Centennial Celebration has continued with the Historic Speaker Series, the 100 for 100 Blood Drive, and the Propelling into the Future paddle scavenger hunt and other great events. The Centennial Closing Event will be the final signature event celebrating the city's centennial. For more information on the city's centennial celebration, see