175 years of community

By on August 25, 2011

Photo: The entire population of Kaneville Township posed for a photo 25 years ago in 1986. The 2011 population of the Township is invited to pose for a new photograph on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. Courtesy Photo (View larger version)

by Lynn Meredith
Although Kaneville Fest is only a few years old, Kaneville Township has been around a lot longer. This year marks the township’s 175th anniversary. The community is ready to come out and celebrate during Kaneville Fest on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28, with not only a cake, but also a township picture.

That’s right. The entire population of Kaneville Township is invited to pose for a photograph on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. following the cutting of the anniversary cake. This isn’t the first time Kaneville has called up its ranks. They did it in 1986 (see photo).

The community will open its doors for three days with a plethora of events and activities. They will hold community garage sales starting at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The library will hold its book pre-sale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday with a $5 cover, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Friday night at 8 p.m., Hill’s Country Store will show a “kid-appropriate movie,” according to Pat Hill, one of five organizers of the fest. The anniversary celebration will have its own commemorative T-shirt with the Kaneville logo costing $12 to $15.

“Pre-orders will be accepted at the store,” Hill said. “We have all sizes.”

While there are no food vendors this year, there is a community bake sale with donations being taken at Hill’s store. Hill will grill out on Friday as she does every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer. During the fest, she will also grill steaks, brats and pork chops on Friday and Saturday, lunch and dinner.

Colonial Ice Cream will sponsor an ice cream eating contest at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Blue Meadow Belgians will give horse-drawn wagon rides starting from the community center. The Kaneville Fire Department will have Touch-a-Truck and water fights. Inflatable jumping slides will be available for kids to play on. Also, they can participate in a bike parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday night highlights include music by Back Country Roads on stage behind the community center from 7 to 8:30 p.m., fireworks at 8:30 p.m. and more music from Back Country Roads from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The fireworks, provided by Maple Park pyrotechnician Roger Kahl, are paid for by fundraisers.

“We raise money all year long. We have a pork chop dinner in the spring and another one in the fall. We keep a bucket out to get ahead for next year,” Hill said.

Raffles and prizes will be given out during the fest. One that is being pre-sold at Hill’s store is four tickets to a Cubs games, with other Cubs memorabilia.

Sunday morning service will be held outside at the pavillion at 9:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the Kaneville United Methodist Church. At noon, the community will hold a pot luck dinner with meat provided by Kaneville Township. The cake cutting and township picture follow.

The Kaneville Historical Society will hold a cemetery walk at 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will dress up as people buried in the cemetery and give a talk about their lives and contributions to the town.

“They will dress up as Amos Miner or another person buried in the cemetery—someone important or one that they want to pick, like founding fathers or relatives,” Hill said. “They’ll wear what they’d wear and talk about that person.”

The fest ends with pick-up softball games starting at 3 p.m.