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Lemont’s Heritage Fest a draw for families

Lemont's Natalie Wojtczak 14 months meets goats pigs up close with her dad Dan Wojtczak petting zoo Saturday Lemont Heritage

Lemont's Natalie Wojtczak, 14 months, meets goats and pigs up close with her dad, Dan Wojtczak, at the petting zoo Saturday at the Lemont Heritage Fest. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media

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Gray skies and occasional light sprinkles may have deterred some. For those who attended the Lemont Heritage Fest, they sure had a lot of fun.

People from all over Southland attended the Saturday evening fest. Gates opened at 4 p.m. but it did not take long for kids to get tuckered out, like Lockport’s Aria Reed. The toddler was asleep with her pacifier in her stroller after an hour, her mom Priscilla Reed said.

Two boys who were not tired were the Kowalczyk brothers Matthew, 9, and Patrick , 6, of Darien. After they zip lined, the older brother said he wasn’t scared. Younger Patrick, said he was “almost scared.”

Any fear didn’t slow them down though, following the zip line with a rock climb. Matthew reached the zenith and pushed the button that set off the flashing light announcing the achievement.

Another young boy with lots of energy Saturday was Aydan Ostrander, 2. With a shirt that read “lock up your daughters,” the little rocker donning a short mohawk danced to the live bands.

Girls were not to be left out. Ava Kupczyk, 8, of Plainfield, also got a good distance up the rock climbing wall. Diana Elhrisse, 6, of Darien, got her first attempt at the climb, too.

Natalie Wojtczak, 14 months, and her dad, Dan, of Lemont, fed the goats in the petting zoo. All these activities were free, including pony rides, bounce houses and more.

The fest was not just for the kids, though. Ken Stocker, a kid at heart, took a sledge hammer to a junk car to raise money for the Cub Scouts. As he stood on top of the hood, he wielded the sledge with a yawp.

Vendors, like the Lemont fire fighters, had fun, too. They roasted corn to raise money for four charities, including burn camp, pediatric cancer, Wounded Warriors and I Am Me, said fire fighter Rami Elshareif.

As the evening went on, some light sprinkles came. That’s when umbrellas came out. Tom and Vicki Burton of Lemont and Denise and Anthony Duda of Homer Glen agreed the rain was not going to stop them. They sat under an umbrella and continued to enjoy the night.



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