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    ON THE COVERHerschel Luckinbill, a Vietnam vet-eran and Montgomery resident, was among local residents and officials who gathered at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Oswego Tuesday morning, Flag Day, to announce that the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be coming to Oswego next year.

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    Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission, Montgomery Village Hall.

    Monday, 7 p.m.: Montgomery and Country-side Fire Protection District Board, Station One, Montgomery.

    Tuesday, 9 a.m.: Kendall County Board, County Office Building, Yorkville.

    Tuesday, 9 a.m.: Kendall County Board Forest Preserve Commission, County Office Building, Yorkville.

    Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Kendall County Board of Health, County Health and Human Services Building, Yorkville.

    Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Oswego Village Board Com-mittee of the Whole, Oswego Village Hall.

    Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Oswego Village Board, Oswego Village Hall.

    Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Montgomery Village Board Committee of the Whole, Montgomery Village Hall.(May be canceled)

    Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.: Fox Metro Water Reclamation District Board, Main Treatment Plant, Oswego Township.

    Wednesday, 5 p.m.: Oswego Public Library District Board, Oswego Campus Library.

    Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Kendall County Regional Plan Commission, County Office Building, Yorkville.

    Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Oswego Historic Preser-vation Commission, Oswego Village Hall.

    Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: KenCom Executive Board, County Public Safety Center, Yorkville.

    Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: Oswegoland Park Dis-trict Board, South Point Center, Oswego.

    Wine on the Fox drew biggest crowd yet, officials announce

    By ERIKA WURSTnews@kendallcountynow.com

    The numbers are in, and this year, Oswegos annual Wine of the Fox festival drew its largest number of participants to date. Whether it was the weather, the wine or the weekend, the conditions seemed perfect for visitors and residents to enjoy some fun in the sun.

    Estimates show that nearly 6,000 peo-ple showed up to eat, drink and dance at Hudson Crossing Park for the two-day event, held this year over Mothers Day weekend.

    We had a very generous turnout, said event organizer and Village Com-munity Relations Manager Michele Brown.

    While the event is typically held on the first week in May, it appears that changing the date to Mothers Day week-end was a success, she said.

    Several wineries that had partici-pated in the past had to bow-out during

    this years festival because of conflicting schedules, but 13 wineries proved to be enough to keep event-goers occupied.

    I felt like there were a good number (of wineries). There was a lot of vari-ety for people to try, Brown said. Not many people had concerns that there wasnt enough to do.

    Since the event began in 2007, tasting tickets have been collected at the end of the two-day festival. During its inaugu-ral year, the event brought in 10,505 tast-ing tickets. This year, 33,805 tickets were collected up from 23,725 sold last year.

    For each ticket collected, .80 cents goes back to the winery where the tasting oc-curred and .20 cents goes to the village as revenue. After considering expenses like band fees, sound and staging, advertis-ing, tents, wine glasses, bathrooms, gen-erators and ice, the village maintained a budget very much in the green Brown said. The expenses were about $50,600. The event earned $128,198 in revenue. At the end of the weekend, $77,561 remained

    in the event fund to plan for next year.Because of this years success, several

    board members suggested keeping the festival on Mothers Day weekend.

    If we saw such an increase in activ-ity on (Mothers Day), maybe its worth looking into, Trustee Karin McCar-thy-Lange said.

    Others suggested having a second wine fest held in the village, in addition to the Wine on the Fox event.

    Congratulations, you rocked it, Trustee Luis Perez told Brown, noting her efforts in putting the event togeth-er. There were a lot of people involved and you did a great job...This begs the question: Are there other weekends that might be good? Should we do two of this? Maybe the answer is emphatically no, but I like to challenge those things.

    Brown said at one point, they consid-ered adding a third half-day to the Wine on the Fox event. The park would have opened from around 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday to kick off the weekend.

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    PrairieFest has something for everyoneBy MATT SCHURY


    Your PrairieFest checklist is ready: Big name musical acts Marshall

    Tucker Band, Smash Mouth and Lucky Boys Confusion (LBC), check.

    Carnival rides, check. PrairieFest expo village, check. Annual Oswego Fire Protection

    District bucket brigade competition, check.

    Childrens entertainment Mill-ers Petting Zoo, Paint a-Palooza and magician Keith Cobb presenting illu-sions and comedy, check.

    Senior fun Quilters Dozen Quilt raffle at the Little White School Muse-um and senior bingo and breakfast at the Tillers, check.

    Charity events Kiwanis Bag Tournament, PrairieFest Duck race benefitting the Rotary Club, check.

    PrairieFest parade, check.Of course, thats just a small sam-

    pling of all the events and activities at the 28th annual PrairieFest that begins today, Thursday, June 16 and runs through Sunday, June 19. Activities at the free festival take place throughout the village, but main events are held at PrairieFest Park along Plank Road between Plainfield Road and Oswego High School.

    The park district has sponsored the festival for almost 30 years. In 1989, the Oswegoland Park District began spon-soring the villages annual summer festival under the name PrairieFest. Before then it was known as Oswego Days and Oswegorama when it was started in the late 1950s. Over the years the festival has continued to grow along with the community.

    Kristie Vest, special events supervi-sor for the Oswegoland Park District, said they try to represent Oswego with a mix of eclectic events.

    Our feeling is that this is the festival for everyone so we better start hitting everyones interests and that is awfully varied, she said. Id like to believe that everyone finds something of interest at PrairieFest, whether it is going to fish with your kids or listen to the Marshall Tucker Band or even just

    trying some alligator over at the food vendors.

    PrairieFest is still a local festival but has a regional draw.

    We realized that we were drawing from across the state and actually I get some calls from outside of the state, she said, We started to realize that this has the potential to be unrecogniz-able to our residents and we dont ever want that to happen.

    Vest said they focus on the spirit of the town and making it a great party for everyone, h