Carnival and Culture Fox River Festivals Merge for Weekend of Entertainment

By McKernan, Jonathan | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 15, 2000 | Go to article overview

Carnival and Culture Fox River Festivals Merge for Weekend of Entertainment


McKernan, Jonathan, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Dundee Heritage Fest has grown so big that organizers of the annual event have decided to expand the location of the three-day event.

Since the Heritage Fest was started three years ago to celebrate the communities of West and East Dundee, the festival has been confined to downtown West Dundee, overlooking the shores of the Fox River.

But after a couple years of increases in attendance, event organizers have found that the streets of West Dundee are too small to accommodate the popular celebration. So this year Tower Park is being transformed into a temporary Heritage Fest playground for area children.

Moms and dads don't have to worry about getting their children to the square-block park located on Route 72 between Fourth and Fifth streets. Trolleys will be available to shuttle fest-goers between downtown West Dundee, where most of the entertainment is based, and Tower Park.

Tower Park also will have something for people who appreciate and value history. An antique show will be held at the park throughout the weekend as well.

"We're shooting for 10,000-plus people, so this will be a real nice event," said Steve Ciaccio, a West Dundee business owner and member of the Dundee Main Street, the group organizing the festival. "With all the new stuff we're having, we could go above that."

The Dundee Township Fine Arts Council also will hold its annual Art in the Park celebration in conjunction with Heritage Fest, drawing even more people downtown. Art in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Depot, 319 N. River St. in East Dundee.

Heritage Fest begins at 6 p. …

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