Deja vu as Campton Hills United Fall Fest leans on past plan, looks to 10-year mark

  • Large inflatable obstacles are a drawing card for the "Kid's Corner," one of numerous activities and attractions at the Campton United Fall Fest, now entering its ninth year. This year's fest will be held on Sept. 7.

    Large inflatable obstacles are a drawing card for the "Kid's Corner," one of numerous activities and attractions at the Campton United Fall Fest, now entering its ninth year. This year's fest will be held on Sept. 7. Charles Peterson/courtesy of Campton United Fall Fest

 
 
Posted9/3/2019 11:00 AM

It might seem like déjà vu all over again at the ninth annual United Fall Fest in Campton Hills on Saturday, Sept. 7, as organizers have basically adopted a carbon copy of last year's lineup.

Organizers of the fest, which began as a way to bring the village together after a contentious battle to incorporate in 2007, are already looking forward to the 10th anniversary in 2020.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This year will be a repeat of last year. Everything now is really a continuation (from last year)," said Mark Molloy, one of the United Fall Fest's organizers. "We started out as a pig roast. (Now) the planning committee has its eye on the 10-year anniversary and trying to do something special."

Face painting, such as the unicorn on the face of Mallory Blomquist of St. Charles, is one of many attractions for children at the annual Campton United Fall Fest, now entering its ninth year.
Face painting, such as the unicorn on the face of Mallory Blomquist of St. Charles, is one of many attractions for children at the annual Campton United Fall Fest, now entering its ninth year. - Charles Peterson/courtesy of Campton United Fall Fest

Held from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., the family-oriented event features a Kids Corner; an assortment of inflatable obstacles; a car show; bags tournament; live music; a movie on a large, outdoor screen; fireworks and other activities.

"We really do center this around the Kids Corner," Molloy said. "The center attraction is always the Kids Corner."

This year's movie will be "Pokemon Detective Pikachu."

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For the third year in a row, the fest will feature a full-blown fireworks show, sponsored by the Fox Mill Homeowner's Association and Kari and Kari Farmer's Insurance.

More than 150 volunteers worked in two hour shifts starting at 4:30 in the morning Saturday at the 6th Annual United Fall Fest on the grounds of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised for local charities.
  More than 150 volunteers worked in two hour shifts starting at 4:30 in the morning Saturday at the 6th Annual United Fall Fest on the grounds of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised for local charities. - John Starks | Staff Photographer

It will begin at about 8:15 p.m. to accommodate families with younger children.

There is no admission charge to United Fall Fest, and organizers estimate it draws about 1,500 to 2,000 people each year.

Proceeds from the event go to support several local charity organizations: CASA Kane County; the Elderday Center in Batavia; Habitat for Humanity, Pottawatomie Chapter; the Riverwoods Campus; St. Charles Shelter Assistance; and TriCity Family Services.

For more information, visit unitedfallfest.com.

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