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The tale of two fests

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CDT
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Erica Kaganovsky of Wauconda plays the Runnin Water game Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.
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Janine Hood, 19, of Wauconda and her father, John, play the Ring A Bottle game Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.
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Carson Mohr, 3, of Lakemoor, and his father, Tom, enjoy the Baja Buggy ride together Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.
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Jeff Hatzer of Streator plays his drums during a sound check before his band, Johnny Russler and The Beach Bum Band, went on stage Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.
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Michael Albano of Wauconda and his daughter, Leah, 3, go down the giant slide during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park on June 29.
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Hailey Dibas, 14, of Island Lake catches a fish at the Bass Fishing game Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.
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Luis Meraz of Wauconda and his daughter, Zarah, 8 months old, dance to the music of Johnny Russler and The Beach Bum Band Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.
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Johnny Russler of Minooka sings tropical rock music with his band, Johnny Russler and The Beach Bum Band, Sunday during Wauconda Fest at Cook Park.

WAUCONDA – Most teens and those younger took up position on one end of Cook Park during Wauconda Fest over the weekend. That's where the carnival and games were.

The other part was adult turf. That would be where bands such as Modern Day Romeos played – and where adults (with regulation wristbands) had easy access to beer and other drinks.

A huge canopy hung over most of the food vendors, including local favorites such as Three Amigas and Bulldogs Grill.

Outside that area, the stand for funnel cakes proved popular, with the line often long.

A ride on the ferris wheel gave riders a view of Bangs Lake, the park, the library and the high school.

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