Flossmoor owned Sept. 11 this year, with festive activities from just after sunup to after sundown.
Runners gathered before 7 a.m. for the second running of the Hidden Gem Half Marathon, many of them stretching and doing other warmup routines on Sterling Road among the booths and tables already set up for Flossmoor Fest.
The annual festival, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, began shortly after the Hidden Gem awards presentations ended.
Following a performance by Sam Calhoon and Timeless Evolution, Mayor Michelle Nelson introduced elected officials and other dignitaries, then reminded festival visitors . . .
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