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On a wonderful Sunday afternoon, everyone at the festival in Anticoh seemed to be having a great time. | FRANK ABDERHOLDEN~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Antioch IDOL semifinalists who performed live were: Holly Beemer, Brianna Boyd, Haley Boyd, Jsmine Brean, Rebecca Brewer, Paule Ceneac, Gillian Etherington, Adia Fuller, Devin Gackle, Sheridan Hurtig, Skylar Kite, Patrick Kroll, Jessica Lamberty, Lillian Noonan, Elise O’Connel, Reagan Penn, Karen Pimpo, Emma Skrodski, Tanner Skym, Karla Toman, Taylor Vermeyen, and Andrea Weaver.

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Updated: September 23, 2013 6:15PM

Antioch’s Taste of Summer got a taste of some real hot weather, but it was a little cooler on Sunday, which was the final day of the festival.

The four-day Taste of Summer featured almost a dozen area restaurants serving Mexican, Chinese, American, BBQ, Italian and many others dishes and also incorporated an old Antioch tradition of sidewalk sales that included crafters downtown.

There were bands each night and an Antioch IDOL contest in the William E. Brook Memorial Entertainment Center downtown and a carnival next to the entertainment Center.

“I think the heat really held it back a little bit,” said Mayor Lawrence Hanson, in front of his store, BJ’s Fashions For Men, on Main Street on Sunday afternoon. “We’re not breaking any records this year,” he said, adding that he would ask people if they were coming to the festival and some responded, “I don’t want to go up town because it’s too hot.”

Serena Larsen, 7, liked the slides so much she had to go a couple of times while her mom, Shannon Taylor of Antioch and her partner, Lee Goheen of Antioch, waited on a bench. “We came the last two nights to listen to the bands,” she said and they were planning on listening to 7th Heaven on Sunday.

“We come every year. Last night, we saw the IDOL finalists and the Modern Day Romeos (who played for the singers in the contest), they were just great. They were so much fun,” she said.

“My son (William, 9,) is around here somewhere with a group of boys. They’re having fun,” she said.

The IDOL contest is like the one on television and the three winners, who are awarded scholarship money to continue their musical careers, were Jessica Lamberty of Antioch the IDOL who took home $2,000, Holly Beemer of Gurnee took second place and $1,000 and Elise O’Connell of Trevor, Wis., took third place and $500. The scholarships can be used toward any future education.

This was the festival’s 23rd year in downtown Antioch and there was parking near the carnival and throughout the downtown area to encourage residents and visitors to walk the downtown.

Holly Dalson of Fox Lake was there with her grandson, Austin Layton, 11, of Ingleside.

“This is only our second time here,” she said as she enjoyed a “Tatter Twister” from the Brat Stop that is a whole potato spiral-cut on stick and fried. She thought is was pretty good, “I’ve never seen anything like that,” and Layton, eating the standard hot dog with ketchup, also gave it a “Thumbs up,” literally.

He liked the games. “Bumper cars,” were declared his favorite, but grandma didn’t go on. “She’s a scaredy cat,” he said. She enjoyed the sidewalk sales, “the crafts and the jewelry,” she said.

Linda Alread of Antioch was there with her brother, Robert Kurek of Round Lake Park, checking out JJ Blinkers, one of the more interesting shops in downtown Antioch where there are gag gifts, costumes, masks and a lot of other merchandise that will surprise you.
“Usually, we come here for the festival and now I’m just looking for sales,” she said. Kurek said he drove his wife because she wanted to see the band 7th Heaven and he was killing time looking at the Halloween costumes on sale.

“Look, a Racer-X for $5. But I need a Trixie for my wife (Sue),” he said looking.

Decisions, decisions.

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