All three villages, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, and Round Lake Park saw a record number of attendees at their “National Night Out” events held on August 7th.
I arrived at the event in Round Lake and the parking lot had already filled to capacity with cars beginning to park on the shoulder of Bacon Road. The tent set up for the puppeteers presentation had already filled up as well with parents and family members. Popcorn, fruit punch, cold water, and delicious Nathan’s hot dogs were all available at no charge for those in attendance. Several custom motorcycles had already arrived and additional custom cars continued to go on display. The hay rides were very popular with the kids as was Round Lake Area Park District Ranger police officer Terry Kaminski and his dog, Nadja. I wanted to cover all three RLA events so the photos in the video only include the festivities up to about 6:30 PM.
Parking was a bit more of a challenge at the Round Lake Park event since most spots on Main Street were taken and there was limited parking at the event itself. Several neat looking motorcycles were already on hand that may have been from the local club known as Evolution, who do a lot for our military veterans. There were also a couple of rows of custom cars to view as others continued to arrive. Face painting was popular and the lady doing the painting even offered to paint me a new face that would turn back the clock about 50 years (but I didn’t have time). Food included free hot dogs and popcorn. I was especially impressed by several military vehicles that the police department had obtained and refurbished to fit their local needs. One was a Humvee that was all spit-polished and looking nice and shiny, while another was a beefy-looking vehicle that could be used in a stand-off situation. It looked like it was built on a Ford Ranger chassis and had a V-8 engine under the hood hooked up to an automatic transmission. The RLP police have been known to use it when serving warrants, according to one officer. I didn’t spend more than an hour in RLP because I wanted some daylight left to shoot photos in RLB.
Arriving at the RLB event provided a real challenge just to find a parking place. Side streets from Cedar Lake Road were jammed with cars parked on both sides making it difficult to meet and pass oncoming vehicles. My press pass gained me an entrance into the boat launch parking area (thank you Mobile Eye volunteers) where they were also staging some of the late arriving custom cars. Talk about custom cars! You must view the video where you will see only a small portion of some of the beautifully restored as well as newer custom cars. Those who attended were given sheets to fill out, voting in several categories, for their favorite vehicles. It was about 8:30 PM and dark outside by the time they were done tallying the votes and announcing the winners. I included a small segment of Trustee Larry Mount winning in his category with his new little Miata convertible. I thought for sure that he would have entered his little scooter in the motorcycle competition instead!
There was so much going on that it would take several more paragraphs to describe it so i will just let you view the video instead. the line for free hot dogs was unbelievable but around 7:55 I noticed it had dwindled so I was able to grab one just before they closed down at 8:00. I do not have any of the car competition winners but was standing next to Trustee Mount when it was announced that he had tied someone else in his category.
Round Lake Area Park District Ranger police officer Terry Kaminski and his dog, Nadja, were on hand at this event as well. The Park District will be voting on whether or not to allow Nadja to continue to ‘ride along’ with Ranger Kaminski at their meetig Thursday night (RLAPD on Hart Rd at 7:00 PM) since they claim the added cost of insuring Nadja is not available in their budget. I encourage everyone who has seen Nadja’s abilities at various functions to attend their meeting.
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