Beach Bash goes on in Mundelein after delay, and the water and sand were great

Warm sand between your toes was just the start of the fun Saturday during Mundelein's Beach Bash at Diamond Lake.

"This used to be a community picnic going back 17 years," said Kelli Schillaci, the Mundelein Park and Recreation District's party/special event coordinator. "But we turned it into a beach bash with different activities like beach games, paddle boats, and the School of Rock kids giving a concert in the park."

The Beach Bash was canceled back in June because of unsafe water conditions. But on Saturday, kids were splashing in the water and cooling off from the heat.

Seven-year-old Lilly Kurgan of Mundelein and her mom, Mariko, tried their hand at making sand castles. But that proved to be harder than they realized when the sand kept collapsing.

There were plenty of other things to do. The list of activities included swimming, yoga, and the popular watermelon eating contest.

  Lilly Kurgan, 7, of Mundelein and her mom, Mariko, try their hand at building sand castles Saturday during the Beach Bash at Diamond Lake in Mundelein. The event also featured a watermelon eating contest, yoga on the beach and paddle boat races. Mark Welsh/
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