Food, Music, and More

Summer is coming to close but not until Naperville has one Last Fling.

“The best part about last fling is the corndogs and all the rides they have here,” said Naperville resident, John Hook.

Sophia Povod of Naperville came out for the rides. “I went on the Moby dick and on the Pharroh, and it was like an exhilarating rush, it was awesome,” said Povod.

The festival of carnival rides, food, and big name music acts is completely run by volunteers. It’s the largest fundraiser event for the Naperville Jaycees, a service organization designed to encourage and grow community leadership.

Kristin Meadow of Naperville is volunteering all weekend. “It’s a great opportunity. It feels great to give your time, and especially in an event like this where everyone is happy, and having a good time. It’s a lot of fun.”

What started as a get together between friends over 20 years ago now attracts thousands of people to downtown Naperville to enjoy one last summer festival.

“Originally, the old Napervillians would have a little party at the end of the year and it was over down by the beach, where the beaches parking lot is. And then, of course as you can see, it’s really bloomed into a big thing, and it’s awesome, you can’t beat it,” said resident Don Wirth.

The event runs for four days, and wraps up with the Labor Day parade through downtown Naperville.

Brianna Giacobbe and Ava Parilla have their tickets for each day. “We come here everyday of the weekend,” said the two.

All proceeds go to area not-for-profit organization in the community.


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