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Algonquin Founders' Days organizers to hold 3-day benefit for Fox River flood victims

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Brogan Hora and Angelica Pesavento of Cary ride a carnival ride during Founders' Days. The festival is a family-friendly four-day event that includes a carnival, cardboard boat regatta, children’s games, market and bazaar, bake-off, music, parade, bag tournaments and fireworks on the Fox River. The event was canceled this year because of record flooding.
Shaw Media file photo Brogan Hora and Angelica Pesavento of Cary ride a carnival ride during Founders' Days. The festival is a family-friendly four-day event that includes a carnival, cardboard boat regatta, children’s games, market and bazaar, bake-off, music, parade, bag tournaments and fireworks on the Fox River. The event was canceled this year because of record flooding.

ALGONQUIN – Algonquin Founders’ Days organizers will hold a River Relief Benefit to raise money for those affected by the Fox River flood.

The benefit will be a trimmed-down version of the original event, which was canceled for the first time in 57 years in July because of record flooding, according to a message posted Monday on the group’s Facebook page.

“We’ve tried to find a way to still hold our festival but add a charitable aspect to it in light of recent events,” Algonquin Founders’ Days social media chairman Michael Wasz said in a statement. “Algonquin is a community of generous and caring individuals and supportive businesses, which we believe will be highlighted during the River Relief Benefit.”

The fundraiser will be from 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 on Harrison Street in downtown Algonquin, according to the Algonquin Founders’ Days website.

Details on the event still are being finalized, and they will be released on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FoundersDays/, and on the website, algonquinfoundersdays.com/. Those looking to volunteer can sign up on the website.

“Unfortunately, due to logistics, we are unable to have the parade and fireworks, two events that many attendees look forward to each year,” Algonquin Founders’ Days president Dan Barton said in a statement. “Thankfully, we have been able to keep many of our originally scheduled vendors and performers, and several other events that are less taxing on the manpower that we require from the village, that in recent weeks has been stretched thin.”

Historic flooding caused festival organizers to first move the event from downtown Algonquin to Algonquin Lakes Elementary School before canceling the festival all together.

Founders’ Days has been held in downtown Algonquin since 1961, according to the organization’s website. The festival moved to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in the 1970s because of flooding.

Founders’ Days also is collecting donations online at www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/algonquin-fight-the-flood-fundraiser.

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