Walk Through Last Fling
The Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling kicked off today and we take you on a walk through to see what the event looks like this year. After being canceled last year due to COVID-19, the four-day event made a comeback on Jackson Avenue in Downtown Naperville.
This year, the Last Fling featured music, food, carnival rides, a business expo, dunk tank, and multiple family activities. Those included cotton candy and cupcake eating contests, the traveling world of reptiles, a princess, and more.
“The thing that most of us Jaycees in general are excited for is just getting everybody back together,” said Danielle Tufano, entertainment and public relations chair person for Last Fling. “We’ve downsized our event this year, we’re going back to our roots being a community festival, really serving the Naperville area and letting people know that we’re here. We’re here to raise money and give back and just have some fun at the end of summer.”
This year’s event was free, but donations were accepted. These go back to local non-profits. The Last Fling is the Jaycees’ largest fundraiser and has raised more than two million dollars for local nonprofits in the past 20 years.
On Monday, the Labor Day Parade will take place starting at Naperville North High School and ending at Naperville Central. Around 50 groups will participate, including an Edward Hospital frontline worker who will serve as the Grand Marshal. If you can’t make it to the parade in person, you can watch it on NCTV17.com.
Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ reports.