Spotty weather no match for Kaneville Fest 2014

By on August 29, 2014

KANEVILLE—Pat Hill couldn’t say enough good things about this year’s Kaneville Fest event, even after losing her voice. And that included how the weather seemed to cooperate with all the planned events.

“Everything went according to plan, and it rained between events,” Hill said. “We saw the weather coming in, and the car show guys got the awards in before the downpour.”

Although she said she was concerned about rain on Saturday, she realized there was nothing she could do about it and “put it in God’s hands.”

“We had only about 40 cars because of the threat of rain, but there were some really cool old cars out there,” said Alexa Hill, Pat’s daughter.

Pat said the garage sales went well and the dinner was well attended, with only seven fewer dinners sold this year than last.

Although she didn’t have exact numbers of participants, Pat said about 35 people participated in the ice cream-eating contest and 20 to 25 joined the watermelon-eating contest.

“I did the ice cream-eating contest,” Pat said. “(State Rep.) Bob Pritchard was there rooting me on, but I couldn’t do it; the ice cream kept going up my nose and I couldn’t breathe. It was a riot.”

She said the band Red Woody rocked and had the crowd dancing during the festival, and George Alexander of Batavia provided horse-drawn wagon rides and wouldn’t take payment.

“He donated his payment back to the festival,” Pat said.

Kaneville Fest concluded its Saturday portion with a fireworks bonanza.

“The fireworks were awesome,” Alexa said. “A lot of people came out and had a good time. I think it went pretty well overall.”