Early in the afternoon on Sept. 1, the Naperville Jaycees hosted the first of several competitions on the AAA Stage scheduled for Day 2 of Last Fling.

Twenty-three local bakers filled three categories with delectable homemade treats in both adult and youth divisions of the Dessert Bake Off set for the AAA Stage in the Riverwalk Parking Lot, located at the entrance to the Last Fling, 100 W. Jackson Street.

Following rules posted online, experienced and inexperienced bakers of all ages were eligible to enter the Dessert Bake Off, officiated by Lauren McLaughlin who serves as Special Events Director on the 2018 Last Fling Executive Committee.

Ten bakers entered with cookies in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Four bakers presented pies. And eight bakers baked cakes.

Sponsored by DeEtta’s Bakery, four judges filled their plates to judge each baked entry with scores from 1 to 10 according to appearance, taste and creativity. High scores won.

Judges included DeEtta’s Bakery owners Morgan Tyschper and Kevin Tyschper as well as AAA representatives Dave Anderson and Amad Hamadeh. The Tyschper’s daughter Greer helped tally scores.

At the end of the tasting, blue ribbon winners, pictured above, were recognized and all bakers were thanked for their participation.

“First-place winners will receive a blue ribbon, bragging rights and a gift card to DeEtta’s Bakery,” said Kevin Tyschper.  Individuals who placed in second and third place received ribbons.

Cupcake Eating Contest… Trivia… Naperville’s Got Talent…

A Cupcake Eating Contest was set for 3PM, followed by Trivia at 4:30PM. The day’s staged events at this location ended with the attractive annual Naperville’s Got Talent at 5:30PM when a variety of different acts filled the stage with the sound of music.

Bands Double Identity and Laconia performed first and second on the program. Next up were soloists Blake Buczkiewicz, Valerie Champer and Kyla Van Camp. A father and daughter duo followed with Tim Pratt on guitar accompanying his daughter, Meghan Pratt. The final two numbers were sung by Ella Morrell and Ava Morse.

Emcee Jodi Bernicky and Special Events Director Laura McLaughlin prepare to officiate the judging when audience enthusiasm by applause determined that Ava Morse was the crowd’s choice for the 2018 Naperville’s Got Talent Contest.

Resounding cheers and spirited applause supported every talented act. By the end of the judging, the voice of Ava Morse, pictured far right, received the most enthusiastic audience recognition, determining her as the winner of the 2018 Naperville’s Got Talent Contest.

Find free fun and competitive entertainment all weekend…

The AAA Stage will be filled Sunday and Monday with a variety of competitions and fun times, all free of charge.

Special Needs Friendly Bingo is set for 11AM Sun., Sept. 2, sponsored by Little Friends. A Spaghetti Eating Contest will follow at 1PM sponsored by Braconi’s. A Special Needs Friendly Glow Dance Party is planned at 4PM, also sponsored by Little Friends.

The final staged event at this prime location will be the “Pet Look-Alike” Contest at 4PM Mon., Sept. 3, sponsored by the Naperville Area Humane Society.

Look for the heart of downtown Naperville along Main Street at Jackson Avenue to find the AAA Stage, just steps from the beginning of the Last Fling Midway and all the entertainment.

For a complete list of scheduled contests at the AAA Stage and how to enter, visit www.lastfling.org/SpecialEvents.

Wear at paper crown to Naper Settlement at 12:30PM Sunday

Be on time to compete in the Paper Crown World Record at Family Fun Land at Naper Settlement. The competition runs with registration from 12:30PM to 2:30PM Sun., Sept. 2. Assembly is expected to begin at 1:45PM. Can Naperville beat the current world record of most people wearing paper crowns? (According to the internet, the Guinness record to beat is 1,324 paper crowns compared to 3,932 paper hats.) Join the fun of another silly contest with the Queen and knights from Medieval Times. Help put Jaycees Last Fling in the Guinness Book of Records!

For information regarding everything happening at Last Fling through Sept. 3, including Main Stage entertainment on Rotary Hill, visit www.lastfling.org.

Carnival rides and festival food along Jackson Avenue are attractive features of the Jaycees Last Fling every afternoon and evening. The annual Labor Day Parade steps off at 10AM on Mon., Sept. 3. Amusements and music at Last Fling continue until 6PM Labor Day, Sept. 3.