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River View Miniature Golf Course in Pottawatomie Park

8 North Avenue

St. Charles, IL

(630) 584-1028

River View Mini Golf

Meet Stanley, River View’s frog mascot as a costumed character! Participate in 10 untimed, family-friendly physical and puzzle challenges placed strategically throughout the Pottawatomie Park. Those who complete at least seven challenges will be awarded a goodie bag with treats, two 18-hole rounds minigolf and two complimentary guest passes to Swanson Pool. Those who play minigolf that night will also get a free frozen treat as part of the Putt-n-Save Family Night special.

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Geneva Train Station, 328 Crescent Pl, Geneva, IL

DATE: May 30, 2022 | 10am

FEATURES: Our annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at the Geneva Train Station. The parade will travel north on Third Street through the center of town, ending at the Wheeler Park WW-I Monument located at 400 Wheeler Drive by the Township Senior Center. Parade units will assemble at 9:30am and the parade start time is 10:00am. Following the parade, there will be a gathering in the Wheeler Park War Memorial at 10:20am at which time the Memorial service will commence. The service typically concludes between 11:15am-11:30am.

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SWEDISH DAYS

On Third Street and adjacent streets

DATES: June 22 - 26, 2022

FEATURES: A must stop for a summer fun destination is Geneva’s Annual Swedish Days Festival. “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” is scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday, June 22 - 26, 2022. Full schedule will be posted prior to the event. SUMMER DOESN’T GET ANY SWEDER THAN THIS!

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Geneva Arts Fair

On Third Street

DATES: July 23 - 24, 2022 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: For 20 years, the juried Geneva Arts Fair has risen in attendance and notoriety. The fine arts show showcases over 155 fine artisans from around the country in a host of mediums from 10 am-5 pm. Historic downtown Geneva serves as a picturesque backdrop for the outdoor fine arts show on Third Street in Geneva.

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FESTIVAL OF THE VINE

Various Locations Downtown Geneva

DATES: September 9 - 11, 2022

FEATURES: More than 140 artists will show their work – from drawing, painting and sculpture to ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry. All art is available for sale. 

INSIDER TIPS: Purchase tasting tickets in advance directly from restaurants and shops.  Our favorite tasting is the Graham's Tent.

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CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Courthouse Parking Lot on 4th Street and James Street

DATES: Thursdays in July and August | 5pm - 8pm

FEATURES: Step back in time and join us on Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm during July and August at the historic Kane County Courthouse as car collectors gather together to show off their rides. The audience comes from near and far to enjoy great music and food while they ogle the beauties and vote for their favorite make and model. Please Note: The Chamber will decide by 3 p.m. on the day of the show to cancel the car show in the case of questionable weather conditions. Please check the Geneva Chamber Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GenevaILChamber/) or the home page of this website to check the status.

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TOUR D'ELEGANCE

Third Street and South Street, Geneva

DATES: August 28, 2022 | 10am - 4pm

FEATURES: Classic Car enthusiasts will view a beautiful collection of antique, classic, and modern automobiles. Participants from all over the Country displayed their prized automobiles on Third street, hoping to be awarded one of the coveted "Benz" Trophies. 

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Kane County Fair & Festival

Kane County Fairgrounds | 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

DATES: July 13 - 17, 2022 | Wednesday & Thursday 3pm - 11pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm - 12am, Sunday 12pm - 1pm

FEATURES: Wednesday is a FREE ADMISSION day!  Admission and hours vary, but you can find a monster truck show, demolition derby, bull riding, live music, amusement rides, kid attractions, petting zoo, and MORE!

  • Wednesday: FREE admission

  • Thursday: $5; children under 3 FREE

  • Friday—Sunday: $10/adult | $5/children 3-12 | FREE/children under 3

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Fine Arts & Jazz Weekend

Various Locations

 

DATES: September 8 - 11, 2022

FEATURES: St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event that coordinates and promotes live jazz music in different downtown establishments. An array of downtown St. Charles venues will take part. Patrons can enjoy jazz music from lunch through the evening, with the opportunity to visit multiple venues, including the 1st Street Plaza on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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fishing derby

Clark Island, 2 E. Laurel St, Batavia, IL

DATE: June 18, 2022 | 10am - 12pm

FEATURES: It's time to grab your gear and reel in the fun with your whole family! Enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing. Bring your Dad to celebrate Father's Day in the great outdoors together! A limited supply of fishing gear is available, but please feel free to bring your own. There will be prizes, too! This event is free for all ages and no registration is required.

FREE ADMISSION

Batavia

Windmill City Festival

The Riverwalk

DATES: July 8 - 10, 2022

FEATURES: Many family-friendly attractions including a golf competition, food and beer garden, carnival, live music, yard games, a diaper derby, and a pet competition!

FREE ADMISSION

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bug fest

Red Oak Nature Center | 2343 S. River Street, Batavia 

DATES: TBD

FEATURES: Bug Fest is back and bigger than ever! Tickets must be purchased this year to enter Bug Fest where you will be greeted with games, activities, inflatables and more! Visit our participating agencies with their bug-themed activities or stop by one of our investigation stations where you can search for bugs in the pond, prairie or woodlands! Concessions are available at Red Oak Nature Center where you can grab everything from a Bug Fest t-shirt and bug related treats or play it safe with a slice of pizza and a drink. Complete all the stations and pick up your Bug Fest prize at the nature center as well before boarding the shuttle back to Schneider Elementary.

COST: Adults, $2 | Kids, $5

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Taste of Batavia Block Party

Various Locations, but centered around The Riverwalk

DATES: September 4, 2022 | 4pm - 9pm

FEATURES: Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia! The party comes complete with awesome live music, a Car Show, Pie Bake-off, and free kids area!

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community read-a-thon

Peg Bond Center, 151 N Island Ave, Batavia, IL

DATES: July 16, 2022 | 9am - 2pm

FEATURES: A day full of children's books coming to life with hands-on activities, take home activities, games, lunch, dinner, a book walk, book/age themed raffle baskets, a goodie bag, book fair, and more!

COST: $12 per child

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Sandwich Fair

15730 Pratt Road, Sandwich

DATES: September 7 - 11, 2022

FEATURES: The Sandwich Fair, first started as an annual livestock show in DeKalb County. Held yearly, Wednesday–Sunday after Labor Day since 1888, it is one of the oldest continuing county fairs in the state of Illinois. Large crowds stroll throughout the beautiful tree lined grounds, all five days of the fair, which has something of interest for everyone.

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THe world of faeries festival

35 W 217 Route 31, South Elgin, IL

DATES: August 6, 10am - 7pm, and August 7, 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Features include a "Unicorn Dreams" theme, fairy tea times, crafting, bubbles, storytelling, and live music.

COST: $15 cash, or purchase online for a discount. 12 & under are free!

South Elgin

South Elgin Summer Music Fling

Panton Mill Park, N. Water + Prairie Streets, South Elgin​

DATES: August 20, 2022 | 12pm - 10pm, fireworks at 9:30pm

FEATURES: Music, food, and fireworks will mark the end of summer in South Elgin! Music performances by Dynamix at noon, Will Thompson Band at 2:30pm, The Boy Band Night at 5pm, and Modern Day Romeos at 7:30pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm!

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Elburn Days

Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn, IL

DATES: August 19 - 21, 2022

FEATURES: In 1934 the Elburn Lions Club began an annual event known as “A Day in the Park”, which later became known as Elburn Days, running for over 85 years now! Details will be posted as they are available, but plans include a carnival, food and drink, entertainment, parade and more!

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Strawberry Fest

Historic Downtown Long Grove

DATES: June 24 - 26, 2022

FEATURES: Like usual, the almighty strawberry is the star attraction at Strawberry Fest. Some of the area’s most popular restaurants, chefs, and vendors will pop-up shop to serve unique strawberry-centric cuisine. Featured items usually include things like strawberry BBQ sauces, deep fried strawberries on a stick, chocolate strawberry popcorn, strawberry kabobs, strawberry jams, strawberry fudge, funnel cakes with strawberries, strawberry smoothies, strawberry blintz, strawberry banana Nutella crepes, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry donuts, strawberry shakes, strawberry ice cream, chocolate strawberry sundaes, and much more. A wide variety of non-strawberry-centric vendors will also be on-hand also dishing out other summertime delights. For those who like to mix it up, Strawberry Fest includes live music and family entertainment. Non-stop tunes, from solo acts to touring bands, on multiple stages will ensure there’s never a dull moment for teens and grown-ups, while complimentary children’s games and activities will capture the kids’ attention just the same. As in year’s past, a classic carnival with everyone’s favorite rides will thrill the young and young at heart.

COST: $5 per guest (kids under 6 are now FREE)

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Frontier Days

Recreation Park  | 500 E. Miner Street, Arlington Heights 

DATES: June 30 - July 4, 2022

FEATURES: The Festival features FREE Entertainment on three stages. We have great food prepared and served by volunteers, assisted by local community groups. There are many FREE Family events and Sports Activities along with Carnival rides and one of the largest Fourth of July Parades in the northwest suburbs. One of the Festival’s highlights is the Citizen’s with Disability Day when people with special needs and their immediate families are invited to come to a complimentary, fun-filled, event.

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Naperville jaycee's last fling

Downtown Naperville, IL

DATES: September 2 - 5, 2022

FEATURES: The Naperville Jaycees' Last Fling is a family-friendly community festival which takes place over Labor Day Weekend near Downtown Naperville and, for many, is a fun way to say farewell to summer! The Last Fling offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages to enjoy including: musicians on multiple stages, Family Fun Land area, a carnival, unique special events, a business expo and a running event.

COST: FREE!

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naperville fine arts and artisan festival

Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St, Naperville, IL

DATES: June 25 - 26, 2022 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Since 1959, the club has presented a free art fair in the summer. The longest continuously running art fair in Illinois, this event brings a weekend of art and artistry to Naper Settlement in a free, fun, and family-friendly environment. Held on the weekend after Father’s Day, the event features over 100 artists, a Silent Auction, Empty Bowls fundraiser for food pantries, a free children’s activity tent, an interactive Community Mural, 3D chalk artist, balloon artist, music, and food.

COST: FREE!

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Great Galena Balloon Race

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa 

DATES: June 17 - 19, 2022

FEATURES: Take in the balloon race and enjoy “country elegant” accommodations only minutes from historic downtown Galena, IL. Activities include live music, inflatables for the kids, a classic car show, and of course - hot air balloons!

COST: $5 cash only

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Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Volunteer Park 

DATES: July 28 - 31, 2022

FEATURES: Although corn is a major part of this festival, you will also find live entertainment, classic car shows, parades, fireworks, food & beer, outdoor movies, and more family-friendly fun!

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prairiefest

91 Plank Drive, Oswego, IL

DATES: June 16 - 19, 2022

FEATURES: Oswego’s four-day community celebration brought to you by the Oswegoland Park District, generous business sponsors, civic organizations, and hundreds of volunteers. We warmly invite you to be a part of the community celebration. Whether supporting the fest, hosting an event, or participating in the fun, there’s a place for you at your community festival. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road, Oswego, IL.

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Maple park fun fest

County Line Road, Maple Park, IL

DATES: September 3 - 4, 2022 (Schedule TBA)

FEATURES: Craft Show, Car Show, Bags Tournament, Kids’ Bike and Wagon Parade, live entertainment, food vendors, 5K race/2 mile walk, and the Kid Zone, loaded with activities.

Fun Fest is a not-for-profit event, run completely by volunteers. Funds that we raise are mainly used to support the festival the following year, but we also purchase items for the village of Maple Park.

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street eats festival

Montgomery Park, 301 River St., Montgomery, IL

DATES: June 4, 2022 | 11am - 7pm

FEATURES: Hey Foodies! The Village of Montgomery is bringing you the Inaugural Montgomery Street Eats Festival. Featuring 10+ of the regions best food trucks, live DJ Entertainment, a beer garden and a Vendor Village (featuring local businesses) - it's fun for the whole family.

COST: Free admission, but please register

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ribfest

*NEW ADDRESS* DuPage Event Center & Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL

DATES: June 17 - 20, 2022 | Full schedule TBA

FEATURES: The Exchange Club of Naperville is excited to announce the 2022 Ribfest will be held June 17 through June 20, 2022 at the DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL. The venue will allow patrons plenty of space to enjoy the carnival by Fantasy Amusements Co., award winning ribs, Wintrust Community Banks family fun area and exhibits with no entry fee. The dedicated entertainment site will offer a lineup of premium artists each day and will require a ticket purchase which includes full venue access. Toby Keith is the opening act on June 17!

COST: No entry fee, concerts require tickets

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Cream of Wheaton

Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave, Wheaton, IL

DATES: June 2 - 5, 2022

FEATURES: Cream of Wheaton is an early summer festival featuring a carnival, food vendors, business expo, arts & crafts, and entertainment!

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wheaton brew fest

Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave, Wheaton, IL

DATES: August 6, 2022 | 12pm - 4pm

FEATURES: Join us for the best party in Wheaton with unique brews and seltzer, food, fun and live entertainment by 7th heaven!

COST: TBD

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all night flea market

DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL

DATES: August 20, 2022 | 3pm - 3am

FEATURES: Our Markets host antique, vintage, and collectible dealers from throughout the Midwest in indoor buildings, open-air and heated tents. Offered for sale will be a variety of antiques and collectibles, including country furniture, estate jewelry. Victoriana, postcards, art glass and porcelains, advertising items, old toys, vintage clothing and linens, coins, decorator items, paintings, primitives, treasures, and much, much more.

COST: $10 per attendee | Children 12 years and under free with adult | Free parking. Tickets available at the gate.

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shakespeare in the park

Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave, Wheaton, IL

DATES: August 25 - 27, 2022 | Times TBA

FEATURES: Everyone knows a few lines of Shakespeare. Everyone’s seen a play or two. Experience another of the world’s greatest playwright’s works in the newly renovated Memorial Park Bandshell. Shakespeare in the Park is a high-quality annual theater event presented free of charge to the public by the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater.

COST: FREE!

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brew at the zoo

Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 S. Randall Rd, West Dundee, IL

DATES: July 16, 2022 | 5pm - 9pm

FEATURES: Enjoy a night under the stars and support the Randall Oaks Zoo animals at BREW AT THE ZOO! Featuring adult beverages, food trucks, live music, zoo tours, photobooth, lawn games, raffles + more.

COST: $15 - $30 per ticket. AGES 21+ ONLY.

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memorial day parade

W Benton St & S River St, Aurora, IL

DATES: May 30, 2022 | 12pm

FEATURES: The City of Aurora's Annual Memorial Day Parade will step-off at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2022, in downtown Aurora! Route The Parade will begin at the intersection of Benton St. and River St. March east on Benton St. to Broadway (Rt. 25) March north on Broadway (Rt. 25) to Downer Pl. March west on Downer Pl. to River St. where the Parade will conclude The Reviewing Stand will be placed in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, located at 20 East Downer Place, for best viewing.

COST: FREE!

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alley art festival

Water Street Mall, 13 Water St, Aurora, IL

DATES: August 27, 2022 | 12pm - 5pm

FEATURES: Alley Art Festival is a local, grassroots outdoors art festival typically held at Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora on the last Saturday of August. It’s a day of fun, music, and art – with tons of local artists! ALL AGES

COST: FREE!

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Fox river arts ramble + aurora arts weekend

Various Locations in the Fox River Valley

DATES: June 11, 2022 | 10am - 4pm

FEATURES: The Fox River Arts Ramble is a collaborative effort of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St. Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios. The event was created in 2018 with the mission of promoting arts and culture in the Fox River Valley. Over 50 artists opened their studios to the public that year! The event will be held rain or shine.

COST: FREE!

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Aurora pride parade

Downtown Aurora (see description below for details)

DATES: June 12, 2022 | 12pm

FEATURES: Come celebrate Pride with a parade stepping off at 12:00 PM Parade Route: * Staging on Benton, from River to Broadway * Stepping off at Broadway and Benton * Traveling North on Broadway to Downer * Traveling West on Downer to Middle * Ending at Downer and Middle

COST: FREE!

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Wines + Finds

Starts at 434 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL

DATES: June 16, 2022 | 5pm - 7pm

FEATURES: Downtown Glen Ellyn’s 8th Annual Wines & Finds is a wine tasting and shopping event. Couples, friends and wine enthusiasts are invited to spend that Thursday evening enjoying Glen Ellyn’s historic downtown and all that it offers. Additional details to come, stay tuned!

COST: TBA

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festival of the arts glen ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL

DATES: August 27 - 28, 2022 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Join us for the 53rd Annual Festival of the Arts in Glen Ellyn. This is a juried fine arts show held in the Chicago western suburb of Glen Ellyn. All booth spaces are along a concrete walkway that winds through century old oak trees surrounding picturesque Lake Ellyn. New this year, we are bringing a yarn & folk event, a fiber arts event including live music, to the Boathouse at the same time as the show. We think live music will complement the fine art and our local yarn store has great ideas for classes and demonstrations inside and around the Boathouse. We even are going to have Barn Dance Saturday night!

COST: FREE!

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Wine and Art walk

The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL

DATES: August 19 - 21, 2022 | 10am - 5pm

FEATURES: Sip wine and shop for nature-themed art as you stroll around Meadow Lake. Browse this juried art show featuring photography, woodturning, jewelry, painting, ceramics, fused glass, and more from Midwest artists. Guests can purchase wine and other beverages to enjoy as they browse the artworks on display.

COST: $11 - $16 per ticket

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ribfest

Elm Street, Sycamore, IL

DATES: August 27, 2022 | 5pm - 11pm

FEATURES: Bigger and better than ever! More ribs, beer and music! The Fest will be held August 27 from 5:00 to 11:00pm downtown Sycamore on Elm Street and City Lot 1 & 2. RR&B Fest consists of award-winning rib vendors from across the region, craft beer, and crowd-pleasing musical entertainment from headliner, Back Country Roads. Guests can raise their glasses and sip craft beer from all over the nation. Please stay tuned as we announce this years craft beer line-up. Delicious ribs and side dishes will be served up by multiple vendors and compete for the title of RR&B Fest Champion.

COST: Vendor prices vary

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Bartlett 4th of July festival

Stearns Rd + Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL

DATES: Fourth of July Weekend

FEATURES: Carnival, food, beer, bands. Friends. It's on! More info to be released. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 2, and the parade on Saturday, July 3rd! Live music all weekend.

COST: FREE ENTRY!

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elgin fourth of july celebration

Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin

DATES: July 4 , 2022 | Parade at 9am, Food trucks at 4pm, Concert at 7pm, Fireworks at 9:20pm

FEATURES: The City of Elgin is excited to celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, concert and fireworks, all occuring on Monday, July 4th, 2022. This year's theme is "There is No Place Like Home". The parade will kick off at 9a.m. on Slade and Douglas street, and end in front of Elgin City Hall. It will feature various forms of entertainment to enjoy. Food trucks suited for various tastes will be parked on Grove street (adjacent to Festival Park) starting at 4:00 PM. The concert will occur at Festival Park (132 S Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120) and begin at 7PM. Viewers will enjoy musical entertainment provided by The Modern Day Romeos. This all-day event will end with a vibrant fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:20 PM.

COST: VFREE!

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