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Batavians take in sights, sounds at Windmill City Festival

BATAVIA – Crew Pircon could not get enough of the rides on Friday at the Windmill City Festival.

The two-year-old went down a large slide twice as well as two car rides, and he was just getting started.

Crew, his mother Marin Sinclair and his grandfather Roger Sinclair, all of Batavia, were among the early crowd at the event, held every year at the Batavia Riverwalk in the city's downtown area. The festival, which began this year on Thursday and continues through Sunday, features a carnival, food booths, a beer garden, live music, performances and several other activities.

"I just like that it's a nice little community event that everybody can go to," Marin Sinclair said. "I can entertain [Crew] and get him out of the house – that's the most important thing."

Batavian Jennifer Fox said her daughter Grace, 12, enjoys the rides and socializing with her friends at the festival. While Grace took a couple turns on a Tilt-A-Whirl, Fox caught up with Sue Glasco, also of Batavia.

Fox said she was looking forward to cover band Arra's performance on Friday, as well as the group Hillbilly Rock Stars on Sunday.

A small crowd had already gathered prior to Friday's first performance by Midwest Dueling Pianos. Among those in lawn chairs near the front of the stage at the Peg Bond Center was Bob Spiewak and his wife, Cheryl.

The Spiewaks have attended the festival nearly every year of their 14 years living in Batavia. They come for the music and always get something to eat as well.

Bob Spiewak said the weather on Friday was not too hot, so it made the fest all the more enjoyable.

"We're really glad we have this every year," Cheryl Spiewak said. "It's good for the town."

OUTBOX: If you go

What: 2014 Windmill City Festival

When: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 12, noon to 6 p.m. July 13

Where: Batavia Riverwalk, Houston Street and North Island Avenue, Batavia

Information: www.windmillcityfest.org/schedule.htm

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