Thousands turn out for Lake Zurich Lions Club Alpine Fest

housands came to downtown Lake Zurich this past weekend for the annual, three-day Lake Zurich Lions Club Alpine Fest, organizers said.
"It's been wonderful," said Lake Zurich Lions Club President Mary Tackett.

Tackett appeared in a convertible during the festival parade on Sunday morning. She also sat in the judges' stand on Main Street across from the festival grounds, where carnival rides and concessions awaited festival goers.
The parade on Sunday was considered among the largest this year in Lake County, attracting 52 parade entries, according to event organizers.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase the different organizations," said parade chairman Bill Zborowski. "It's a great family orientated parade and a tradition — a lot of fun for kids."

The community event also featured live music, as well as food, beverages, crafts and vendor booths. The carnival included family-friendly rides for children.

For the parade, participants began checking in their floats two hours before the parade began along Route 22 and Whitney Road.

"The parade is fun, and people really enjoy it," said event volunteer Bruce Jordan. "Our whole festival is about having people come out and promote the Lions Club."

The Lake Zurich Lions Club primarily serves Lake Zurich, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods and Deer Park.

Karie Angell Luc is a freelance photographer and reporter for Pioneer Press.

Published:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-zurich/news/ct-lzc-alpine-festival-tl-0721-20160718-story.html

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