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Family Fest moved to June this year, to take place outdoors

As we approach March, this time of year is usually a bit of a breather for the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce staff as we wrap up our annual Family Fest and get ready to gear up for our State of the Village addresses with local municipalities.

Because of COVID-19, we could not hold Family Fest in February this year. But the Chamber is excited to announce that Family Fest still is on and will instead take place this summer on June 26. The event will be outdoors at Morris Elementary School.

Every year, this event provides free family entertainment while showcasing what our local businesses have to offer. This tradition will continue, but it will look different in order to protect everyone from COVID-19. We will bring the event outside to be in the fresh air and provide adequate spacing for vendors and participants. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be followed.

Christina Van Yperen

Christina Van Yperen

The location might be different, but we still will have the kid-friendly entertainment your family has grown to love, such as Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles and character and mascot visitors. Some of our previous activities are not COVID-19-friendly, so we are brainstorming some replacements. We are working on a Touch-A-Truck area at the event, along with some other surprises.

Family Fest also will still have the business expo where families get to know some of our local businesses and organizations while their children are entertained. Every year, we have more than 50 booths at the expo, giving people the opportunity to see what services and products are available right here in Grundy County. We feel this event will once again bring people from all over the area and is a prime opportunity to promote your business at the event and through sponsorships.

More details on the event, as well as vendor and sponsorship opportunities, are to come, so stay tuned and follow our social media pages and website for the latest information.

For information, visit or contact Events Director Christine Mendez at 815-942-0113 or at

Minooka State of the Village address

Another Chamber event that still is on but slightly delayed is our annual State of the Village address with Minooka. This year’s event will be May 6 and take place virtually. Mayor Pat Brennan is retiring, so we will look back with him on his major accomplishments, and we will welcome the next incoming mayor during the address.

This event will be virtual since gatherings still are limited and we want anyone and everyone to be able to attend. The virtual State of the Village address will be at noon May 6. We will require registration in advance in order to share the Zoom link with participants, and we encourage everyone to grab some takeout from a local business to enjoy during the address. Participants who show us they’ve purchased a local lunch will be entered into a contest to win a Grundy County Chamber gift certificate.

Every year, the State of the Village addresses offer us an opportunity to review the year and look ahead with elected officials, and what a year we have had. There will be plenty to hear and learn about, and as business community members, it’s important to be in the know of what is happening in our place of business, as well as the towns around us. Plan to join us to make sure you are informed.

This also is a great opportunity to promote your business in front of a captive audience. The Chamber will have sponsorship opportunities for the Minooka State of the Village address. Contact events director Christine Mendez at 815-942-0113 or email

Keep up on all of the Chamber’s upcoming programs, as well as the most up-to-date COVID-19-related information at

• Christina Van Yperen is president and CEO of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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