South Elgin celebrates World of the Faeries
The World of Faeries Festival drew a crowd of kids into a magical world Saturday in South Elgin.
It was the 12th annual weekend celebration of all things magical.
"We get more and more people coming to this every year," said Gloria Yaeger of Crystal Lake, co-owner of the event with her husband David. "I love the spontaneity of the crowd. Everybody has fun. They relax and they can put the 'adult' in them aside for a couple of hours."
Ellie Butcher, 8, of Hampshire, attended with her two 5-year-old sisters, Audrey and Riley, and with Michelle Hayes and Kay Lincicome, both of Elgin. It was their first time attending the festival.
"It just seems magical!" Ellie said. "It's sort of funny, but I like how my nanna is turning back into a 3-year-old being here. ... I can't wait to sprinkle some of the fairy dust that I got on my dolls when I get home so that they'll come alive!"
Michelle Hayes of Elgin, Ellie's grandmother, was indeed enchanted.
"I wish I was 5 years old again just to experience this as a 5-year-old," she said. "I love all the imagination and creativity that went into it."