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August 25, 2013

Enjoy the last weekend of summer

Residents in the Vermilion County area can celebrate the traditional final weekend of summer by enjoying the Labor Day festivals scheduled for Hoopeston and Westville.

The National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston pays tribute to the days when the community served as the home of several food processing plants.

The festival in McFerren Park always includes a variety of events sure to be of interest to the youngest and the oldest of its visitors. And the National Sweetheart Pageant, which features contestants who often go on to participate in the national Miss America pageant, gives visitors a unique glimpse into the world of top level pageants.

In Westville, the Labor Day festival traces its roots back to the days when the southern part of the county was heavily engaged in mining.

Zamberletti Park will be filled with people who will enjoy the food, the entertainment and all of the other attractions on the schedule.

The festivals — along with the many others on the summer schedule — also represent the success Vermilion County has seen in attracting visitors.

From its acres of natural beauty in the state and county parks, to the unique shops in local communities, to the many successful festivals, the county draws more tourists in each year.

With its geographic location within three hours or less of Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis, the area can count on bringing in even more visitors.

So enjoy summer’s last official weekend with greasy, sugary fair food, carnival rides and fireworks. It’s a great way to head into autumn.

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