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Flea market a quieter part of Windmill City Fest
By Harry Hitzeman | Daily Herald Staff

A member of the Chick Magnets team is tagged out, unable to dodge, duck, dip, dive or destroy in a game vs the Burrito Dodgers.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Maddie, a 5-year-old Puggle, is no newbie to Batavia's Windmill City Days pet parade. Dressed as a pig and wearing Doggles, Maddie is a three-year veteran of the event.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Vanessa True, 9, of Batavia cuddles with her 8-week-old puppy, Lucy, before the start of the Windmill City Days pet parade in Batavia.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Stephanie Rodriguez, 11, of the No Names and Joe Raucci of the Dodging Burritos duke it out, being the last on their teams during a dodgeball tournament at Windmill City Days.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Heidi, a 9-month-old hamster, peers over the shoulder of her owner, Mindy Mate, 15, of Batavia. Heidi was the only non-dog participant in the pet parade at Windmill City Days.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The second day of Windmill City Days included a dodgeball tournament at Memorial Park.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The second day of Windmill City Days included a dodgeball tournament at Memorial Park.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The second day of Windmill City Days included a dodgeball tournament at Memorial Park.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The second day of Windmill City Days included a dodgeball tournament at Memorial Park.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The second day of Windmill City Days included a pet costume contest and parade on the Riverwalk.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

It's a near escape for Heidi, a 9-month-old hamster, as her owner Mindy Mate, 15, of Batavia gives her a tiny push in her rolling ball. When the lid pops off, swift action by Mindy kept Heidi from getting out.

 

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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Kids on rides screamed and the bass reverberated with authority, but all was quiet on the northern front of Batavia's annual Windmill City Fest: the flea market.

Browsers sifted through lawn art, purses, compact discs and the latest in dog training technology Saturday afternoon.

While some people used the market in hopes of making a few dollars, James and Amy Laughead used it to make a difference.

When Emily, the North Aurora couple's daughter, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 4, the family knew little about the disease.

Since then, they've reached out to raise money for research at emilyshope.org in hopes of finding a cure for their daughter, who will turn 11 this month. This was their first time at the Windmill City Fest and they were selling an assortment of games (where everyone wins) for a nominal price.

"We're just trying to do our part to raise money for a good cause," said James Laughead. "(Traffic) has been pretty good. It comes in waves. We'll be doing this (festival) for many years."

Holly Graham, who is half of H&L Jewelry Designs with Lori Hoad, said ear rings were a hot seller for her booth as people looked for value and to help a local entrepreneur.

Graham said this also was the first time at the fest for her North Aurora-based business, which has its designs carried at Eclectibles in Batavia.

"This location is wonderful," she said of Batavia. "I'll give it another try next year."

The festival continues through today. This is the first year a third day has been added. Today's highlights include: a big wheel race at 1 p.m.; ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m.; "Cavern Beat," a Beatles cover band at 2 p.m. on the main stage; and "Pirates over 40," which plays Jimmy Buffett songs and other hits at 5 p.m.

The festival is organized by the Batavia Park District, Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Batavia Depot Museum and city of Batavia. For more information, visit bataviaparks, org.