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A Look Back On The Last Fling

The 50th Naperville Jaycees Last Fling has finally flung, making for an unforgettable weekend.

With more than 150 thousand people in attendance, this is the largest Labor Day weekend celebration in the Jaycee’s history.

“I really liked it last year and maybe the year before, and I just really wanted to…and it’s fun!” said attendee Sarah Godwin.

“The funnel cakes are really good here, I had those,” added another visitor.

“I love the last fling because everybody’s here, there’s so much to do and I love, even though I don’t want to be in the apple pie eating contest, it’s really fun to watch,” said Jeana Dimas, a Fling attendee.

Four days of entertainment, eatery and special events took local fun to a whole new level, thanks to the hard work of the Naperville Jaycees.

“The entertainment on both stages has been great. Yesterday was country night on the entertainment stage. Lots of fun,” said Karen Coleman, President of the Naperville Jaycees. “We’ve had a rock weekend on the main stage all weekend, which has been something new and different for us this year. Lots of fun. Lots of great people. Good crowds, no real problems. It’s been great.”

Other events included the Skaters Picnic and the Ashley Whippet World Championship Qualifier for disc dogs.

Finally, the weekend concluded with a Fling Mile and Rooster 5K just before the Labor Day Parade kicked off.

This year’s parade celebrated Grand Marshall Rick Motta who founded the Last Fling 50 years ago.

“It’s been a great weekend! We’ve had a lot of people coming out. I know that it’s been really hot, so we’re very thankful that the people who have come out, have come,” adds Coleman.

It’s more than just a weekend of fun. It’s local fun for a cause. All proceeds from the weekend will be donated to non-profit organizations and charities in the Naperville area.

Rachel Pierson reports.


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