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Algonquin Founders' Days Festival begins Thursday at new location

Brogan Hora and Angelica Pesavento, both of Cary, ride a carnival ride during a past Founders' Days Festival at Algonquin Lakes Park.
Brogan Hora and Angelica Pesavento, both of Cary, ride a carnival ride during a past Founders' Days Festival at Algonquin Lakes Park.

The Algonquin Founders’ Days Festival is here.

The four-day event starts Thursday afternoon and ends with a fireworks display Sunday night. Festivities will take place at various locations throughout the village, with a social garden, carnival and Taste of Founders at Spella Park, 2610 Harnish Drive.

The event – typically held at Riverfront Park – was canceled last year because of historic flooding of the Fox River. Organizers later hosted a Fox River relief benefit to raise money for those affected by the flooding.

This year, special parking restrictions in the area of Spella Park have been imposed, Algonquin police said. That includes no parking areas on Harnish Drive, Eineke Boulevard, Eineke Court, Wintergreen Terrace and Woods Creek Lane.

Designated parking for the festival, with a shuttle bus service to Spella Park, will be available at the School District 300 Administration Building, 2550 Harnish Drive; Target, 750 S. Randall Road; JCPenney, 800 S. Randall Road; and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 111 S. Hubbard St.

The Founders’ Days Festival began in 1961 by a group of local businessmen who wanted to celebrate their community. Every year, volunteers work to bring families, friends and neighbors together to enjoy family-friendly festivities.

Four-day passes are $12. For information, visit algonquinfoundersdays.com.

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