Dundees coming together for Heritage Fest this weekend
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 11:10AM
Strolling musicians perform in Grafelman Park during the 2010 Heritage Fest Antique Fair in West Dundee. This year, both East and West Dundee are joining in the annual Heritage Fest celebration, scheduled for this weekend. | Sun-Times Media fiel photo
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:34AM
If you haven’t yet gotten your funnel cake fix this summer, there’s still an opportunity this weekend.
The 16th annual three-day Heritage Fest kicks off Friday in both East and West Dundee.
In East Dundee, a carnival will be held in the downtown, along with live music, a beer garden and vendors. West Dundee’s events also will include music, as well as food, an arts and crafts fair, a car show, battle of the bands contest, children’s games, an outdoor movie, fireworks, Baggo bag tossing tournaments, the Dundee Lions Club pancake breakfast and more.
The 30-minute fireworks display will begin at 8 p.m. Friday from the footbridge that connects West Dundee and East Dundee, with easy viewing from the festival’s main tent area downtown as well as from the Riverwalk, Water Street or the Main Street bridge.
East Dundee resident Keith Lessert said he and his family try to attend every year.
“I really enjoy the live music, the classic cars, and of course the fireworks. The parade is a family favorite as well,” he said.
Lessert describes the fireworks show as “top notch.”
“They don’t cut any corners, and it is a nice way to celebrate the end of summer,” he said. “Everyone in the neighborhood usually attends, so it is a nice way to interact with them as well.”
West Dundee resident Jason Inks said he has gone to the fest for the last seven years.
“I have always liked downtown Dundee,” he said. “I like meeting old friends and hanging out with the locals. It has always been a time of year when the town comes together and has some fun.”
East Dundee officials hope the carnival and other events will encourage those who attend West Dundee’s annual festival to make their way across the river.
Inks said the carnival is a good addition to festivities.
“It will give the kids more attractions than the couple of things they have every year,” he said. “Personally, I usually make my way to East Dundee. I have friends over there, and the bars are always a great ending point of the night after the music is over. If they have attractions over in East Dundee to bring the towns together, people will travel.”
Mark Herrera of East Dundee is excited that the village is involved in this year’s fest. He’s looking forward to the beer garden East Dundee is hosting.
“The local Rosie O’Hare’s is going to be there setting up a booth,” he said. “That’s been our favorite local hangout lately.”
He also enjoys the other activities that are part of Heritage Fest every year.
“We like the food and the crafts and the car show and sometimes the music,” he said. “And we like just seeing people.”
A full schedule of events can be found at www.wdundeeheritagefest.org/.