Whether you came to ride, run or rock out, the 2016 Naperville Jaycees Last Fling has been one to remember.
“We’ve had a lot of people come out, the weather’s been terrific, we’ve had great crowds both on the Main Stage, the hill, Family Fun Land, and on Jackson Avenue with the carnival, the expo booths and our entertainment stage,” said 2016 Last Fling Co-Executive Director, Karen Coleman.
“The weekend has been fantastic! There’s beautiful weather, there’s all sorts of activities and events for the Naperville Community to enjoy. This is our largest service project of the year. So all the Naperville Jaycees, both past and present come together, with hundreds of volunteers to make sure the City of Naperville and all the surrounding communities can come out and enjoy this wonderful event,” said President of the Naperville Jaycees, Chad Pedigo.
And enjoy it they have. Thousands of people from across Naperville and beyond made their way to the Last Fling, competing in eating contests, taking in a duck race and for the first time, attempting to break a world record.
“We were attempting to break a world record for the most people performing burpees at one time. We didn’t quite make the world record, but we did set the Naperville record of 87 people doing burpees on Rotary Hill,” said Executive Chair of Special Events for the 2016 Last Fling, Lauren McLaughlin.
Also keeping fit at the Fling, the over 500 runners who participated in the Fling Mile and Rooster 5K.
“The Fling Mile has been going on for quite some time now, but this is just the second year for the 5K. It went very smoothly, we had a lot of on-site registrations that went well, and the mile took off fairly quickly and we finished up, sang our national anthem and the 5K started right after,” said Race Director for both the Fling Mile and Gerald Subaru Rooster 5K, Christina Savoie.
To cap off the weekends celebrations, and to say goodbye to summer, the Naperville Labor Day Parade marched through the heart of downtown, with the Naperville Park District and its officials serving as Grand Marshals of the parade, in celebration of their 50th anniversary
Special appearances were made by Mayor Steve Chirico and other local elected officials, along with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor Emeritus A. George Pradel.
Overall, the Jaycees are hoping this is a record-breaking year.
“Attendance has been great, and it all has to do with weather. We’ve had a lot of ticket sales, ticket sales are great, they look awesome. Hopefully we hit a number we haven’t hit before,” said 2016 Last Fling Co-Executive Director, Pete Paulsen.
All of the proceeds from the Last Fling are distributed to local charities by the Naperville Jaycees.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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