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River Fest 2019

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Photos from Linda Bell, Songs of Life Photography Studio

Photos from Becky Mokelke, Becky Mokelke Photography

Photos from Karilyn Clevenger


(more photos to come!)

River Fest, held July 12-13, was co-hosted by the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce and United City of Yorkville Parks & Recreation Department. Our thanks to Presenting Sponsor, Earthmover Credit Union.

Live music, great food, and a variety of activities drew an estimated attendance of 5,000. We are grateful to a dedicated team of volunteers who assisted Parks & Rec and Chamber staff, offering help with promotion, set-up, games, and clean-up: Ethan Castilla & crew (Ethan’s Handy Services); Mike & Austin Allen (Stephen Allen Salon); Kristine Arch (Kendall Safety Group); Paul & Karen Auten (The Trailer Guy); Jerry Bannister Photography; Linda Bell (Songs of Life Photography); Karylin Clevenger (VAC); Doug Corrigan; Darren & Erin Fox (Idea Marketing Group); Jennifer Hendel (Response Graphics); Darlene Huntinghouse (PrimeMyBody); Sandra Hurtado (Harmony Aesthetics); Gina Johansen (Keller Williams Realty Infinity); Tom Kozlowicz (Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites); Denise Krafft (First National Bank); Kyla McClure (FNBC Bank & Trust); Becky Mokelke Photography; Joel Recchia (Heartland Bank & Trust);  Stephanie Roskopf (Yorkville Auto Body); Renee Tortorella (Blue Heron Estate Sales); Teresa Wedeen (Yorkville Junior Women’s Club); Heather Wilkinson (Yorkville National Bank); YHS Football Team members.

While River Fest continues to grow, it retains a community festival feel with the involvement of many local businesses & organizations.

The new “Stage 2” was sponsored by Virtues in Motion Dance Studio and coordinated by Ashley Preciado (RSI) and Mike Shepard (Shelter Insurance), with kids’ dance parties and performance demos by BH Martial Arts, Fox River Academy of Music, Spirit Cheerleading, STRONG by Zumba; Taekwondo Korea Center, YHS Foximus Prime Robotics, Yorkville STEP, and YPAC Your Performing Arts Center. Additional thanks to YPAC for providing sound equipment.

Along with the beer tent that additionally hosted craft beer and distillery tastings, an assortment of foods including ribs, tacos, burgers, and pizza were offered at food vendor booths from Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats, Knights of Columbus, Pepe’s, Rosati’s Pizza & Pub, and Trinity Church United Methodist.

A crowd favorite, the cardboard boat races saw a record number of creative entries from individuals, plus businesses including: A Royal Paint; Earthmover Credit Union; Ginger+Soul; Kiwanis Club of Yorkville; Little Rock Jewelers; Mars Wrigley Confectionery; The Law Office; Yorkville Auto Body. The event was organized by Stephanie Roskopf (Yorkville Auto Body) with support from Andy Cocallas (Chicago Whitewater Association) and Jeff Brown (Yak Shack), and sponsored by Yorkville Auto Body, Team Eagle Packaging, and Brenart Eye Clinic. Also back was the uniquely fun Apple Shots giant slingshot, provided by Darren Fox (Idea Marketing Group), who sponsored the activity along with Pet Supplies Plus. Additional thanks to Kate McNamara (Ginger+Soul).

Kid-friendly activities included games, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, hair tinsels, touch-a-truck, giant lite brite, and more. Thank you to sponsors FNBC Bank & Trust, Stephen Alan Salon; Harmony Aesthetics, Becky Mokelke Photography; and activity hosts: Fox River Academy of Music; Freaky Fun Faces; Grace Holistic Center for Education; Jen’s Limo Service Plus; Nock & Feather Kustom Archery; Septran; Taekwondo Korea Center; Yorkville Chamber Green Connect; Yorkville Police Department.

New this year, a Friday Night “Chamber Night” tent was hosted by Old Second National Bank, with showcase booths by: Edward Jones, Tim Ludwig, Financial Advisor; Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe; Heritage Woods of Yorkville; PrimeMyBody; Raging Waves Water Park; Schmieder Group/Keller Williams.

To escape the heat, a comfort & cooling station was hosted by Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus, complete with cooling towels, bottled water, and evaporative fans.

A free shuttle was provided from Yorkville Intermediate School by Kendall Area Transit.

Thank you to additional business sponsors: Pesola Media Group; First National Bank; Merlin 200,000 Miles Shop; WPSY-FM 107.1; Knights of Columbus; Midland States Bank; Nelson Funeral Home; Jocelyn Retz, Old Second National Bank; Rush Copley Healthplex; Songs of Life Photography Studio; Waubonsee Community College; Kendall Printing; Money Mailer of Kane, Kendall; Kendall County Record.

We are grateful to and encourage you to patronize the businesses represented by these sponsors, volunteers and participants. They are the heart of our community festival and made this year’s River Fest weekend an outstanding success. (River Fest photos may be viewed on the “Chamber News” page.)


The Chamber would like to thank the City, especially Tim Evans, Shay Remus, Scott Sleezer and the hard-working parks and recreation crew, for the partnership at River Fest.

Media Links:

Yorkville’s River Fest – Facebook (includes some shared post-event photos)

Kendall County Now: “Yorkville’s River Fest a splashy good time”

Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon News: “Cardboard boats take on unique looks in River Fest event”


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