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Maple Park flushed with fun

Maple Park readies for Fun Fest weekend

MAPLE PARK – When planning this weekend’s Maple Park Fun Fest, organizers addressed the one complaint they often heard: the three-day festival lacked kid-friendly activities.

“We’ve added some children’s activities this year,” said Beth Miller, director of marketing and public relations.

Maple Park Fun Fest is set for 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; and 7 a.m. to noon Monday. Most of the activities will happen on Main Street. Other activity locations are North Park, the Maple Park Firehouse and the Civic Center baseball fields.

On Saturday, the bike parade will return for its third year at 12:30 p.m., organizer Brittany Altepeter said. Children 14 years old and younger may participate. Two $25 cash prizes will be awarded – one for the most patriotic entry and another for the most creative, she said, adding all participants will get ice cream donated by the Cream King.

The new children’s activities will follow the festival’s ninth annual Toilet Bowl Challenge, which consists of teams of three racing a commode up and down the street. The race is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

At 2 p.m. that day, Kidzmagic will take the stage, and the Knights of Columbus’ Minute to Win It game show will follow at 3:30 p.m.

The parade on Main Street is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Entries include school bands, Miss Illinois and crowd-pleaser Kane County Corn Growers, Altepeter said, noting the corn growers travel in corn cars.

“They’re like go-karts but look like ears of corn,” she said.

Sunday’s activities include a softball tournament, inflatables and a car show on Main Street.

Melissa and Jason Brady brought back the car show last year after a brief hiatus. The couple is expecting a better turnout than last year’s 50-car turnout, Melissa Brady said, explaining organizers began advertising earlier.

The show’s main event will be a 1:45 p.m. demonstration by a nitro dragster named Frantic Fueler, she said.

“It’s unbelievable how loud this car is,” Melissa Brady said.

Car show admission is free for spectators. For participants, pre-registration $10, and day-of registration is $15, Melissa Brady said. She said there will be cash and plaque awards, as well as a 50/50 raffle drawing.

An 8:30 p.m. fireworks show will conclude Sunday’s events. Although the fireworks will be launched in a different place, Miller said they should still be visible from the Civic Center fields. In the event of rain, the fireworks show would be rescheduled for 8:30 p.m. Monday.

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