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Kaneville Fest 2013 a success in the community

KANEVILLE—Horse-drawn wagon rides, face-painting, an ice cream eating contest, a fireworks display, and many other attractions contributed to a successful 2013 Kaneville Fest. Approximately 250 area residents attended the festivities the weekend of Aug. 22-25.

“(Kaneville Fest) went perfectly,” said Pat Hill, chairperson of the Kaneville Fest Committee and owner of Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville. “It went smoothly with no flaws, just like it should have.”

Movie night, held the evening of Aug. 23 at Hill’s Country Store, featured the children’s movie “Epic,” with at least 120 viewers in attendance. The festival weekend featured a book sale at the Kaneville Public Library and community-wide garage sales. There were also several crafting stands that featured a variety of local and commercial crafts.

“There’s something for everybody to do,” Hill said.

5-B’s Catering, based in Waterman, Ill., supplied food at 2013 Kaneville Fest to support the event. There were also raffle ticket sales, and Hill sold World’s Finest Chocolate candy bars in her store.

In fact, this year’s fundraising efforts provided enough to begin supporting the 2014 Kaneville Fest.

According to Hill, the recent fundraising efforts garnered a high volume of raffle ticket sales. Raffle winners redeemed their tickets during Kaneville Fest in exchange for prizes such as golf packages, wine baskets, gift cards and certificates for local shops, Amazon Kindles and more. All Kaneville Fest prizes were donated by either individuals or businesses in Kaneville and other local communities.

“I’d like to thank all of the volunteers and everyone who made (Kaneville Fest) a great success,” Hill said.

Hill intends to create an additional full day of activities for the 2014 Kaneville Fest. During this year’s festival, local car owners created an impromptu Cruise Night, which Hill hopes to bring to the festival again next year. Other slated activities include a parade, softball games, a watermelon eating contest and a horseshoes contest.