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Pet parade, 5K, live music set at Windmill City Fest

BATAVIA – The Windmill City Festival fun continues today in Batavia with a full schedule of events planned, kicking off with a short race along the Batavia Riverwalk and concluding with an evening of live music.

The festival, which is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to downtown Batavia through the weekend, kicked off Friday with a carnival, cheer demonstration, beer garden and live bands.

Today’s first event, the WCF Youth 1-Mile Run, starts at 7:30 a.m. and includes racers ages 5 and older. A longer race, the Windmill Whirl, starts at 8:30 a.m. and stretches 5 kilometers along the Fox River Trail. Registration is from 6:30 to 8 a.m., and the race begins on Island Avenue.

Those looking for shopping opportunities can stop by the Batavia Farmers’ Market on River Street from 8 a.m. to noon, or the Craft Show and Flea Market along the Riverwalk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration for the pet parade goes from 9:15 to 9:50 a.m. at the main stage. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best trick, fastest runner, most spots, longest ears, best costume, best kisser, highest jumper and most unusual pet. Registered participants can bring home a “doggie bag.” The parade starts near the main stage area.

The third WCF Wiffleball Home Run Derby starts at 1 p.m. and is free for participants. Several groups, including the Batavia Park District Flipper Demonstration – a demonstration of gymnasts and tumble teams – will take the main stage this afternoon from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cheerleading, Irish dancing and karate demonstrations will take place as well.

A golf challenge tees off at 2 p.m. at Depot Pond for those age 10 and older. Those interested in participating in the Diaper Derby at 3 p.m., can register at the main stage between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. Juggler Jason Kollum will be entertaining crowds in the tent area starting at 4 p.m., and he’ll be “strolling on stilts” around the festival starting at 5 p.m.

The Toss for a Cause bags tournament starts at 6 p.m. at the Turnaround parking lot.

Live entertainment kicks off with Libido Funk Circus from 6 to 8 p.m., and the evening is capped off with The Lounge Puppets starting at 9 a.m., concluding Saturday’s activities.

Events continue Sunday with 2 p.m. ice cream eating contest, and those with a big enough sweet tooth can register to participate at the main stage between 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. The contest takes place in front of the main stage. A fire hose competition will soak the Batavia Riverwalk at 3 p.m.

Sunday’s events conclude with live music, starting with CTA from 1 to 3 p.m. and ending with Back Country Roads from 4 to 6 p.m.

For a full list of events, visit

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