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Crowds warm up to Heritage Fest in West Dundee

Crowds peruse offerings vendors along West Dundee's Riverwalk during Heritage Fest. | ErSauder ~ For Sun-Times Media

Crowds peruse the offerings of vendors along West Dundee's Riverwalk during Heritage Fest. | Erin Sauder ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 18, 2012 6:11AM

WEST DUNDEE — The weekend’s pleasant temperatures and sunny skies proved to be the ideal backdrop for West Dundee’s annual Heritage Fest.

Crowds could be found milling throughout the village’s downtown — funnel cakes and lemon shake-ups in hand — listening to the music on the main stage or perusing the wares at the Arts and Crafts Fair along the Riverwalk.

Streamwood resident Leslie Berry especially enjoyed the Riverwalk’s offerings, which included items for sale such as apparel, jewelry, floral decor, ceramics and candles.

“I’ve never been to the craft show before, and I like it a lot,” she said. “It’s not real big. It’s just the right size.”

For vendor Carol Juntunen of Elgin, her crocheted necklaces were a popular draw among shoppers.

“I started the day with 140 necklaces, and I hardly have any left,” she said Saturday. “Business has been fantastic.”

And as for the weather, “You couldn’t ask for a better day,” Juntunen said.

Friends Kelli Krueger of Sleepy Hollow and Avelia Sosa of Carpentersville found Heritage Fest to be the perfect way to spend their Saturday afternoon.

“I come every year,” Krueger said. “It’s a tradition. I really like the shops.”

Sosa also enjoyed the shops, but for her there was a bigger draw.

“The food,” she said. “They have the best food here.”

The fest also included the annual car show — especially large this year — featuring a variety of new and old vehicles, lined up along South Second Street as well as in the old Ace Hardware parking lot; Friday’s annual fireworks show along the Fox River; a Battle of the Bands contest; and a homecoming parade, among other events. Sunday events featured the first ice cream eating contest at Grafelman Park, sponsored by Colonial Cafe.

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