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Huntley Fall Fest extravaganza

View of the lit-up Ferris Wheel, The Zipper, and various other rides at the Fall Fest (P. Moore)

On September 23, the Huntley Fall Fest Committee hosted their 11th annual Fall Fest at Deicke Park. The festival has grown from a one day event to a multiple day celebration with food, music, and a carnival.

“Fall Fest is up to a three day weekend,” Dave Rysavy said. “The full carnival was added six years after the fest began in 2006.”

Rysavy has been on the Huntley Fall Fest Committee for eight years now.

Fall Fest expands over a three-day weekend every year, culminating with the fireworks show on Saturday.

“I usually like going on Saturday because I get to see all of my friends,” seventh grader Breonna Culver said. “I also love seeing the fireworks.”

The music was loud and the food was selling, which included Morkes Chocolate and Parkside Pub, making this year one of the busiest.

“Local food vendors usually come back every year and can advertise their businesses at the festival,” Rysavy said. “We look at bands that are popular currently or who we’ve worked with in the past to determine who will play.”

Each year, along with the main stage bands such as 7th Heaven and Livewire, there is also a kids stage which has many different acts performed by young children.

“There were kid prodigies [Elite Kids] that performed, who were really interesting,” Culver said.

With multiple festivals going on throughout the year in the area, Fall Fest has a unique aspect to it regarding prices.

“We’re able to give things back to the community by having more free activities,” Rysavy said. “There is free admission now and no charge for the kids activities.”

Over the weekend, the community was able to come together for a fun three days. With so many things to do, Fall Fest was booming with many people supporting the festival.

“The festival is a great way to get the community together,” Rysavy said. “We want to give back as much as possible.”

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