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Party of the century: Village celebrates with 100-year bash

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 a.m. CST
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Residents relax in lawn chairs while listening to live music Saturday during Villa Park's 100th anniversary celebration at Cortesi Park. (Photo provided)
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Villa Park Village President Deborah Bullwinkel (left) chats with Leanne Rakosnik, wife of Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik, on Saturday during the village's 100th anniversary celebration. (Photo provided)
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School District Superintendent Anthony Palmisano completes the 5k run Saturday morning as part of Villa Park's 100th anniversary celebration. (Photo provided by District 45)
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A unicyclist entertains residents Saturday during Villa Park's 100th anniversary celebration. (Photo provided)
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Runners take off from the starting line of the 5k run Saturday morning as part of Villa Park's 100th anniversary celebration. (Photo provided by District 45)
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Villa Park residents Malinda Weaver and her son Jack Weaver, 11, watch as cyclists race by in the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10. Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media
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Racers in the Masters 30+ category compete in the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10. Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media
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Racers in the Masters 50+ category compete in the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10. Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media
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Racers hit the finish line in the Masters 50+ category of the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10. David Hudson of Chicago, left, was the winner. Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media
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Racers in the Masters 30+ category compete in the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10. Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media
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Jody Dodson of Palatine, and daughter Riley, 10, and son Logan, 5, cheer on their husband/dad in the Masters 30+ category compete in the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10. Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media
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Lombard resident David Wolff, 6, admires his ribbon for participating in the Villa Park Grand Prix bike race on Sunday, August 10 Steve Bittinger for Shaw Media

VILLA PARK – Residents came out in force to celebrate the village’s 100th birthday in style with a three-day bash over the weekend.

Highlighting the party was an all-day picnic Saturday, complete with pig and beef roast, kids games, live music and fireworks. An early morning 5K run/walk started the day.

A Villa Park centennial stamp cancellation and health screening kicked off festivities Aug. 8, the day marking the official 100th anniversary of Villa Park’s incorporation Aug. 8, 1914.

Sunday’s events included the Grand Prix Bicycle Race and an antique motorcycle show.

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