Residents and businesses in the village of Elburn responded, and now the community is preparing for the return of Elburnâ€™s Day in the Park festivities, set for Saturday, July 11.
From 1997 to 2008, the Day in the Park was a way for area residents and members of the community to gather and have fun during the day, culminating with a fireworks display at night.
Due to financial difficulties, the host of the event, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, had to cancel the Day in the Park in 2009.
This year, the public responded, and in a big way; and their response allows the chamber to move forward with this yearâ€™s event.
According to reporter Paula Coughlan, who spoke with Day in the Park Committee Chair Leslie Flint (who is also an employee of the Elburn Herald), the community has already raised most of the $10,000 needed to put on the one-day festival and fireworks display. The remaining funds needed will be obtained from festival-day fees and vendor-booth rentals.
The community should be proud of their collective efforts to bring the event back. Through their individual support of directly dropping off donations to the chamber, to their collective support of taking part in the various fundraisers held this year, to the businesses that offered their funds and efforts to help the Day in the Park return, everyone pulled together to help make sure the event continues.
The day begins at 11 a.m. and continues through the fireworks display that starts at 9:30 p.m. In between those two times, there is more than enough to occupy residents of all ages. See Coughlanâ€™s story for a full line-up and schedule of events.
We hope to see you there.