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Kaneland Connection: Post-Fourth of July festival might return to Elburn

ELBURN – For years, the Day in the Park festival provided post-Fourth of July fun in Elburn, sponsored by the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

That was discontinued after the 2010 event, which took place at Lions Park. At the time, chamber officials said they were losing thousands of dollars on the festival, which included a fireworks show. But the event was popular, and chamber officials have heard from residents who enjoyed having an event that took place on the weekend after the Fourth of July holiday. And at last week’s chamber of commerce luncheon, Dan Murphy, the chamber’s vice president of committees, mentioned the idea of bringing the festival back.

This time, however, the chamber would be looking for help. Murphy said he is reaching out to leaders of other organizations in town in an effort to partner on such an event. Some money could be raised through chamber events, such as its annual golf outing, he said.

The Day in the Park festival took place from 1997 to 2008. It was canceled in 2009 and brought back in 2010, but officials said that it lost as much as $6,000 that year.

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Chamber scholarships

The chamber also announced the recipients of $1,000 scholarships, which were won through a competition in which participants wrote an essay. The winners were from the Kaneland community – Hannah Augsburg, who will attend North Park University, and Joshua Cohrs and Connor D. Johnson, who both will attend the University of Illinois.

Crafters needed

Chamber officials say there is a need for participants for two events associated with the Elburn Days festival.

Vendors are needed for the sidewalk and flea market event that takes place Aug. 15 and 16, before the parade that kicks off the festival. The event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 in downtown Elburn, along Route 47. Applications can be found on the chamber’s website – The registration deadline is Aug. 5.

Crafters are needed for the Elburn Days craft show, which takes place during the festival. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn. Registration for that event also is Aug. 5, and an application can be found on the chamber’s website.

‘Joseph’ performances continue at Kaneland

MAPLE PARK – The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s presentation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” continues Friday through Sunday at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

Shows will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and $25 for a family ticket. The family ticket admits all family members currently living in one household for the price of $25. Preschoolers are free. Tickets are on sale at Information regarding the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival can be found on Facebook at

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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