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Heritage Fest offers affordable family entertainment

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:17 p.m. CDT
A Band performs at last year's Lemont Heritage Fest. Matt Piechalak file photo - mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

LEMONT – The village of Lemont is bringing back favorites and a couple of new attractions for its 23rd annual Heritage Fest, from 4 to 11 p.m. July 13 in downtown Lemont.

New this year is a trackless train that will be used as transportation between areas of the festival.

The windjammer swing, a carnival ride for adults and children, will be a new attraction for some attendees. Village of Lemont Marketing Coordinator Donna Pecina said the festival had the ride once several years ago.

The festival also will bring back attractions such as the zipline, Euro bungee jump and smash-the-car.

Pecina said an appeal of the festival is most of the entertainment is free.

“What we try to do is keep it very family friendly with the cost of it,” she said. “It’s hard to find something that a family can afford to go to these days.”

The event is organized by a festival committee that determines the entertainment. Pecina said the Public Works Department is crucial in setting up the event.

The village funds the festival primarily through sponsorships.

“In years past, we’ve been able to cover the entire cost of the festivals through sponsorship,” Pecina said “This year, we’re a little bit short of that.”

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