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Stadalsky: Three Rivers Festival deadlines approach

Friends enjoyed their special day at Three Rivers Fest in 2013.
Friends enjoyed their special day at Three Rivers Fest in 2013.

Although Channahon’s Three Rivers Festival still is more than three weeks away, there are a few upcoming deadlines for the events.

Beautiful Babies needed

Parents who want to enter their children in the Three Rivers Beautiful Baby Contest need to get their applications in by Aug. 1. Only 10 children will be accepted in each category/age group.

The contest boundaries have been expanded to include Minooka and Shorewood residents, said contest chairman Amy Singletary, because they would like to see more babies involved, particularly boys.

There are eight different age and gender categories from six to 35 months. The babies are judged on their personalities and cuteness.

To enter your little bundle of joy, bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate for age category verification to the Arrowhead Community Center. Registration is free to local residents.

Judging will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 on the Family Stage in Central Park.

There always are lots of prizes for everyone, thanks to sponsors John and Joann Carnagio, owners of local McDonalds restaurants, and the Three Rivers Festival.

And even if your baby doesn’t win top honors, you still can be proud to have participated in Channahon’s Beautiful Baby Contest.

Special festival day for those with special needs

The Rotary Clubs of Channahon-Minooka, Morris and Joliet sponsor a special day during the Three Rivers Festival for children and adults with special needs and their families.

On the first afternoon of the festival, Wednesday, Aug. 6, certain rides and games will be open only by invitation.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with an optional swim at the Tomahawk Aquatic Center at Central Park. Attendees will be served lunch at 11:30 a.m., compliments of Channahon-Minooka McDonalds restaurants,

Following lunch is an afternoon of rides and games especially accessible to those with special needs. The music will be turned down, carnival workers will be right there to lend assistance on and off rides and there won’t be any crowds to squeeze through to get to the rides.

There also will be games and prizes and everything is free, thanks to the Rotary clubs and volunteers from Fantasy Amusements who give their time and resources to make it happen.

Anyone with special needs is welcome but re-registration is required by Aug. 1. Registration can be done by calling Molly Burian at 815-725-4630 or emailing her at, and indicate if you will be having lunch.

This event is strictly for people with disabilities and their families, caregivers and teachers. The Three Rivers Festival opens to the public later that afternoon.

• Kris Stadalsky writes about people and issues in areas southwest of Joliet. Reach her at

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