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Big Bear Lake at Century Park - The Chicago R/C Model Yacht Club will be hosting four national championship sailboat races at in Big Bear Lake in Vernon Hills. The competitions will take place in near the Boat Dock Shelter. There will be four classes of competition including some boats as large as 8-9 feet long. Races will start at approximately 9:30 am daily beginning Friday and end at 3:00pm. The largest class of boats will be sailing on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. There are as many as 30 competitors during the weekend races. Come out to Century Park and enjoy watching this fun and unique competition! - Daily: 9:30am-3pm More Info
Independence Grove Forest Preserve - Paddle our giant canoe while learning about the fur trade in 18th-century Lake County and the lives of the Voyageurs. Register by September 19th by mail, email, online or by phone. Ages 9 and older only and must be accompanied by an adult. Residents are $7 per person and non-residents are $10. - Saturday: 6pm-8pm More Info
Blarney Island - Come out and celebrate another season at Blarney Island. Closing weekend will include drink specials all weekend long! Help finish the inventory before the year is over. - Saturday-Sunday More Info
Fish Lake Beach Campground - Come out and enjoy of swimming, picnicking and fishing. Fish Lake Beach features two fishing piers, a playground, beach volleyball, mini golf ($2), an arcade, swimming beach and much more. Stay for the day or stay for longer in the campground. Low season is before Memorial Day and after Labor Day office and fishing hours may vary. Memorial Day through Labor day hours 7am-7pm. Select weekdays are family days with special admission prices. - Daily: 7am-7pm, Beach 10am-6pm More Info
Lake View Villa Park - Come out for the 6th Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Fishing begins at 7am, with registration beginning at 5am. Entry forms can be downloaded from the rules page to help speed up the process. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest northern, bass, crappie, bluegill, and perch. There also will be side raffles for additional prizes. Bait will be available at the check-in tent from Smitty's Bait & Tackle. A Special Fly-Over from the North American T-6 Texan during the National Anthem. If there is bad ice the make-up date will be February 15th. - Saturday: 7am More Info
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