WEST CHICAGO – West Chicago's 14th annual Blooming Fest in May was made possible through the support of countless volunteers, according to a city news release.
Each year, beautification efforts begin in the weeks prior to the festival in anticipation of the thousands of visitors expected to attend the event. This year involved the coordinated teamwork of the West Chicago Park District, Boy Scout Troop 33, Kramer Tree Specialists and staff from the West Chicago Public Works Department.
Initial input for the beautification project was provided by West Chicago Park District Superintendent of Parks Jesse Felix, the release stated.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 33 then volunteered to plant the annuals in the downtown area's flower beds, a tradition the troop began in 2012.
The final component to complete the flower beds was made possible by a generous donation of landscape-quality mulch from West Chicago-based Kramer Tree Specialists.
Other organizations used Blooming Fest as a way to support charitable causes.
Rite Way Automotive, 101 E. Washington St., sold water donated by State Bank of Illinois West Chicago and food donated by American Tire Distributors to raise $250 for Special Olympics. The owner's family also manned a lemonade and cookie stand, with sales generating $100 for a local food pantry.
The Chicago Corvette Club participated in the fest with a wooden race car track that visitors used to race toy cars purchased at the event. The activity raised $100 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
In its release, the city thanked the following Blooming Fest supporters: the West Chicago Garden Club, West Chicago Park District, West Chicago Public Library District, West Chicago Fire Protection District, State Bank of Illinois West Chicago, Boy Scout Troop 33, Chicago Corvette Club, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission and many community volunteers.