Naperville's Last Fling setting up for end-of-summer fun

  • Carnival crews set up a children's ride in preparation for the Last Fling festival in downtown Naperville. The celebration opens at 5 p.m. Friday.

    Carnival crews set up a children's ride in preparation for the Last Fling festival in downtown Naperville. The celebration opens at 5 p.m. Friday. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • The main stage on Rotary Hill has been constructed for the 50th annual Last Fling festival in Naperville, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

    The main stage on Rotary Hill has been constructed for the 50th annual Last Fling festival in Naperville, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Crews set up a platform for spotlights in front of the main stage Wednesday before the 50th annual Last Fling festival opens this weekend in Naperville.

    Crews set up a platform for spotlights in front of the main stage Wednesday before the 50th annual Last Fling festival opens this weekend in Naperville. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/2/2015 4:42 PM

Final preparations are in the works for a summer send-off in Naperville at the 50th annual Last Fling.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday with a carnival, business expo and concerts.

 

It continues from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, including activities like a Labor Day parade, two running races, eating contests, a Disney star meet-and-greet, a skaters' picnic and two days of disc-catching contests for dogs and their handlers.

"We have 15 to 20 different special events that everyone rants and raves about each and every year," said John Trojanowski, Last Fling executive director.

Trojanowski said the carnival along Jackson Avenue and the main stage at Rotary Hill both were set up Wednesday.

That means finishing touches can be put in place Thursday before members of the Naperville Jaycees, the club hosting the festival, welcome revelers to the unofficial end of summer.

For details about Last Fling, visit lastfling.org.

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