Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival closes summer season

LAKE IN THE HILLS — Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival will close the summer with a three-day event featuring carnival rides, a car show, a parade and more.

The 17th annual festival runs from Friday to Sunday at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills, and features amusement rides and live music each day.

Festival co-chairman and Lake in the Hills Trustee Ray Bogdanowski said he expects more than 20,000 attendees throughout the weekend.

Bogdanowski said his favorite part of the weekend is that all his kids come home from out of town.

"It's sort of like another holiday," he said. "My kids and grandkids come to my house and we just have a great weekend. It’s a good family-based event."

The festival is organized by a committee of volunteers that work throughout the year. It generates about $20,000, Bogdanowski said.

“Every year, we have never lost money," he said. "Compared to the [Lake in the Hills Rockin'] Ribfest, it is our goal to not make money but to break even so the residents can have a good time and have something to be proud of.” 

Friday kicks off the fest with a 2-mile fun run/walk, 5-kilometer fun run/walk or a timed 5-kilometer race with awards at 7 p.m. This year's race features a new course at Sunset Park, 9200 Haligus Road. People can sign up for the race online at www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/sunset-5k-fun-run-2-mile-walk.

Classic cars will be on display from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The festival parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and will feature bands, martial arts groups, dance groups and clowns, along with floats from local organization and businesses. The Crystal Lake Gators baseball team will be the parade's grand marshal for winning the 2017 state championship.

New to the festival this year is a craft fair featuring local arts and vendors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival caps off with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

For information about the festival, visit www.summersunsetfest.com.

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