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Jeff Fest Kicks Off On Friday With Music, Food Trucks, Beer

 The 16th annual Jeff Fest will offer two stages, along with food and beer.
The 16th annual Jeff Fest will offer two stages, along with food and beer.
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Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce

JEFFERSON PARK — Attention everyone named Jeff: this is your lucky weekend.

The 16th annual Jeff Fest, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, is designed to offer something for everyone, including music, food trucks, arts and crafts and beer.

Admission is free all weekend for everyone named Jeff — from Jeff Jones to Jane Jefferson — with proper identification, of course.

Admission is $5 per person not named Jeff. Proceeds from the fest fund scholarships for Jefferson Park students and benefit the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, organizers said.

The fest's two stages will take over Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., from 6-10 p.m. Friday and from 2-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday. There will also be a Kids Zone, art for sale and a juried photo art competition, organizers said.

For the first time this year, the festival will include a wine tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For $20, oenophiles can sample 15 wines.

Sixteen Candles, which pays tribute to the songs of the 1980s, will headline the fest's main stage Friday, while 70's Classic Rock Show will headline Saturday and Journey Unauthorized, a tribute band, will close out the fest Sunday.

The Ferns will headline the fest's community stage Saturday while pop band Butterfly in Traffic will play Sunday.

Admission is free for children 12 and younger as well as adults older than 65.

Lawn chairs are welcome, but coolers and alcohol are prohibited, organizers said.

The summer festival typically draws about 4,000 people to Jefferson Memorial Park.

For more information, go to jeffersonpark.net.

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