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Fun on the Fourth

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 12:53 p.m. CDT
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U.S. Marine Corporal Svitak let children tour a military vehicle at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. "Patriot Park" was new to the festival this year - an area for those spreading military awareness.
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Western Sky Band, of McHenry County, performed modern country hits at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. Vocalist Camille Eiseman opened with patriotic ballads, accompanied by vocalist and guitarist Terry Tank (left), guitarist Steve Plump (right), and drummer Pete Nutley. Not pictured was bassist James Hay.
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Visitors climbed a portable rock wall at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. The three-day festival featured food, music and family entertainment.
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Artist John Murawski showed visitors how to draw caricatures at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. Murawski, an architect by profession, travels to several festivals each year to showcase his talents.
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U.S. Army veteran Joe Messineo, of Roselle, (right) showed visitors paratrooping equipment at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday.

BARRINGTON – The Fourth of July holiday brought three days of fun to downtown Barrington.

This year's Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival, hosted and organized by the Barrington Lion's Club, kicked off Thursday. New this year was "Patriot Park," where military personnel and support organizations worked to spread patriot awareness.

Each day of the festival began with a Color Guard presentation and the National Anthem. Other activities included rock climbing, Baggo, face painting and art lessons. The festival was free for children.

The Western Sky Band performed modern country hits Thursday, followed by Suburban Cowboys. All event proceeds will be donated to local charities. The festival was 100 percent volunteer-based.

Fireworks began at dusk Friday. An obstacle course and bands Alex and the Allstars and Sixteen Candles drew crowds to conclude the festivities Saturday.

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