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Down on the Farm

We Care at the Farm hopes to continue growing

CHANNAHON – It gets harder and harder to find a carnival with an old-fashioned midway, but this Sunday families from the Grundy County area will have the opportunity to explore one with their kids.

We Care of Grundy County is hosting its sixth annual We Care at the Farm event, this time moving it to a larger space at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon.

“It’s grown every year,” Executive Director Eric Fisher said.

He said he recently found out that the first one began as a sort of tailgating event.

“It’s just grown and grown over the years and turned into a family fun day. ... We try to add to it every year,” he said.

This year people coming to the event can expect a live reptile show, a fortune teller and a magician, and Joliet Radio Control Club is bringing out several things.

“They’re bringing out their big planes to show, a flight simulator for the kids, and they’ll [have] some of the planes in the air and do a mini air show,” Fisher said.

Other attractions include a bounce house and a strongman game.

“We’ve got an old-fashioned carnival midway this year that we built ourselves, with old-fashioned carnival games,” Fisher said. “Kids can just play and play and play and play.”

From 1 to 3 p.m., there also will be a dunk tank, with various community members from education and political offices taking a turn in the tank.

The games all are free after paying the admission fee – $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Mary Rossio, a member of the We Care board, said people also have full access to the Dollinger Family Farm, such as the corn maze and the train, during We Care at the Farm.

“It’s a unique, affordable opportunity to have a fun day and support a great cause,” Rossio said.

Planning begins months in advance, with planning for this year beginning in April, Fisher said.

“It’s been a busy summer getting ready for it,” he said.

Funds go to We Care of Grundy County and will be used to help Grundy County residents. We Care provides number of services for Grundy County residents, such as a mobile food pantry, rent and mortgage assistance, a clothes closet and utility assistance.

“All proceeds go to We Care,” board member Christine Mendez said. “The money will stay in Grundy County and help Grundy County residents.”

We Care at the Farm is We Care’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Last year, Fisher estimated between 200 and 300 people showed up, and the fair brought in almost $13,000.

This year, he wants to top that, and thinks he can thanks to the larger venue.

This year he’d like to see between 300 and 400 people come through and raise $15,000 for We Care.

“We’ve got the space for it,” he said.

We Care at the Farm is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dollinger Family Farm, 7420 E. Hansel Road, Channahon.

“It’s a fundraiser, but it’s also our way of giving the families something to do and kind of our way of giving back to the community,” Fisher said.

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