GENEVA – Queen Meadowyn was getting her face-on in the parking lot of the old Kane County Courthouse in Geneva on Saturday.
The queen - also known as Juliet Devries of Waukegan – was holding still while The Ruby Ruse was painting her face for the big Pumpkins for a Cure Festival. Ruby, Ame Morghan of Chicago, already had her wings on.
The two were among many volunteers at the ninth annual event, a fundraiser for the Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation to support education and research related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of chronic childhood diseases.
"It's a good cause," Morghan said.
The fundraiser-festival, which continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, offers pumpkins fall mums and gourds with all sales going to fund research. One research grant will go to the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center; two education grants will go to the Chicago office of the American Diabetes Association and the University of Illinois Chicago Pediatric Brain Disorders Clinic.
Carla Henault, an event coordinator and Isaiah Horton, a volunteer and researcher, both with the Kovler Diabetes Center, said they were happy to be part of the effort to raise money for research.
Horton said he was part of a research group looking into the beta cells of genetically engineered mice and their secretion of insulin, in the effort to find better, more effective treatments.
The festive atmosphere filled the downtown area with other related attractions, such as glucose testing, face painting, a petting zoo, juggler and raptors.
Brad and Val Wolf of Batavia came with their two sons, Payton, 6 and Kalvin, 5.
"I think it's important to support the cause and have fun at an outdoor event," Val Wolf said.