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‘Great’ turnout at Elburn Days

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ELBURN – Its “Idol” champion crowned, volleyball players muddied and root beer float customers satisfied, the Elburn Lions Club reported that “overall turnout was great” for its signature event – Elburn Days – which was Friday through Sunday in the area near Lions Park.

The festival, the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, thrived with rain-free weather. Dave Broz, the club’s president, said new amenities, such as bleacher seating at the tractor pull and mud volleyball venue, were received well. Broz said the root beer float stand manned by the club’s junior members – the Leo Club – “had a very successful weekend.”

Geneva’s San Sandberg won the Elburn Idol teen competition. Sandberg, who said she has been singing since she was 3 years old, said it was her first time at Elburn Idol, but she had spent the last few months competing at singing competitions. She finished among the top 10 in a talent competition in Arlington Heights, and she won Fox Valley Repertory’s talent contest.

The junior Elburn Idol competition was won by Maggie Madziarczyk, a sixth-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School. Katie Landahl, who did an a cappella version of the song “Cups” while playing the cups, finished second, Eva Ottoson finished third.

Madziarczyk said it was the first time she had won a singing competition. She is a Sugar Grove resident. Her mother, Jennifer, said Maggie has been involved in 19 theater productions, including “Scrooge, the Musical” at the Steel Beam Theatre and “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Fox Valley Repertory.

Elsewhere at the fair, Kaneland High School cheerleaders were sitting in a dunk tank, raising funds for the group as customers paid for the opportunity to hit a target and drop the girls into a tank of water. Two girls sat at a time.

Sinclair Cress, a freshman, was shivering under a towel after a half-hour session in which she said she was dunked as many as 20 times. It was Cress’ first time, but another team member, junior Alexis Lund knew it was a good thing to sit in the tank during the day.

“At night, there is a breeze,” Lund said.

Lund said it’s a popular fundraiser and the girls stay busy climbing back from the tank after someone hits a target.

And even if they don’t, she said, they’re sometimes invited to press the target to dunk the cheerleader. That happened after Lund’s shift, when Elburn brothers Austin and James Hall, ages 7 and 9, respectively, weren’t able to sink the girls despite hitting the targets.

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