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Hundreds brave rain for 3rd annual Pub in the Park in Lake in the Hills

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Hundreds faced a downpour Saturday to partake of brews, food and music at the third annual Lake in the Hills Pub in the Park craft beer and food truck festival.

The event brought more than 40 beer vendors, several food trucks and more than 600 people to Sunset Park. The crowd was able to sample craft beer from brewers around the Midwest and listen to live music from the dueling piano group Felix and Fingers.

Liz Wakeman, who organized the event, said the turnout was “excellent,” particularly because of the weather. A flash-flood warning and hazardous weather were in effect Saturday as thunderstorms moved across McHenry County.

“About 600 [tickets] were sold online,” Wakeman said. “And about 150 were sold through sponsorships, and we sold some at the gate.”

Event proceeds will go to the nonprofit People for Parks Foundation of Lake in the Hills Inc.

Wakeman co-founded the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department in 1996, which People for Parks supports.

The event has more than doubled in attendance and scope since its 2015 inception, Wakeman said.

People for Parks donates proceeds to the Parks and Recreation Department to fund things such as scholarships for kids to attend summer camps and preschool, buy helmets and tricycles, and busing.

Money from Saturday’s event will go specifically to buy a new bus for the department, Wakeman said.

“I am passionate about supporting that department,” Wakeman said. “The idea was to give us another opportunity so we can support them.”

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