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Itasca Fest opens its four-day run

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  • Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comDon Marino of Bolingbrook cooks up pork chops that will be made up into pork chops on a stick at the Itasca Fest on Thursday night.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comDon Marino of Bolingbrook cooks up pork chops that will be made up into pork chops on a stick at the Itasca Fest on Thursday night.

  • Jenna Danicek, 8, and her sister Taryn, 4, of Itasca sample each a slice of pizza as they sit on a curb during a hot summer night  full of fun, food and music as Itasca Fest flows around them.

      Jenna Danicek, 8, and her sister Taryn, 4, of Itasca sample each a slice of pizza as they sit on a curb during a hot summer night full of fun, food and music as Itasca Fest flows around them.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • At top, people stand in line to buy tickets for thrilling rides Thursday as Itasca Fest begins in Washington Park.At right, Jenna Danicek, 8, and her sister Taryn, 4, of Itasca each sample a slice of pizza as they sit on a curb during a hot summer night while Itasca Fest flows around them.

      At top, people stand in line to buy tickets for thrilling rides Thursday as Itasca Fest begins in Washington Park.At right, Jenna Danicek, 8, and her sister Taryn, 4, of Itasca each sample a slice of pizza as they sit on a curb during a hot summer night while Itasca Fest flows around them.
    Photos by Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Itasca's biggest party of the year opened its four-day run Thursday evening in Washington Park with carnival rides, bingo, plenty of food and concerts by a men's a cappella group called The Arlingtones and by Throwback Jukebox performing hits of the '50s and '60s.

And here's the best part: Things are just getting started. The fest will continue from 6 p.m. to midnight today, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the park at 350 E. Irving Park Road.

The fest is presented by the Itasca Lions Club in conjunction with the village and admission is free. Organizers say the party usually draws about 40,000 people over it's four-day run.

For details, visit itascalions.org or Itasca.com.

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