Summer wasn’t over yet, thanks to the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling. The 4-day event along the Naperville riverwalk celebrates the end of summer and benefits Naperville during the seasons to come.
“All the profits generated from the Last Fling goes into our donation fund,” said Executive Committee member Tom Manno. “Then throughout the year the Naperville Jaycees donates that money back into the community.”
This is the 45th annual Last Fling, the last thirty-one organized and planned by the Naperville Jaycees, and this fling had something for the whole family.
“It’s awesome,” said 13-year-old Naperville resident Matt Gazall. “There is a lot of fun stuff here like rides. We have a really cool downtown and to have the Last Fling come is really cool.”
Adults that didn’t feel like taking a ride could enjoy a cold beverage, classic carnival treats, or the business expo. And every night was capped off with a full line up of musical acts on the Belagio Catering Rotary Hill Main Stage.
“I’ve been coming for the last ten to fifteen years,” said Aurora resident Dave Heiss. “They do an excellent job. We have been to a lot of fests and they are the best.”
The weekend also featured special events like a bags competition with over forty competitors, and a four legged follies contest where performing pooches battled it our in a high jump competition, distance fetching, and even a costume contest. No Labor Day celebration would be complete, however, without a Monday morning tradition.
“We’ve got a parade on Monday that we do every year,” said Manno. “It’s one of the biggest in the area. Last Fling isn’t just a clever name it really is the last fling of summer.”
All those in attendance may not have known it, but their good time this weekend will benefit the town that hosted the celebration till we have to say goodbye to summer next year.
Marc Dahlquist reports.
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