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Madline Bogathy, senior at Lowell High School, demonstrates the dragon she designed for the school's Shrek musical. Bogathy is an aspiring FX artist and has had her work appear on productions of Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire and a Chris Brown music video.

The Germeraad family, of St. John, checks out the interior of a hot air balloon at the Lake County Fair in Crown Point.

Erik Roe, right, of Highland, snaps a selfie with other visitors on the steps on Mt. Tom Tuesday during the First Day Hike hosted by the Indiana DNR at the Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton.

Indiana Dunes Park Ranger Bill Smith checks on a goat and cow at the Chellberg Farm in Porter, Indiana.

Lasso tricks are performed on Parrish Avenue during the Mexican Independence Day Parade in East Chicago, Indiana.

Diego Padilla performs pull-ups during his JROTC period at East Chicago Central High School. The Cardinal Battalion garnered around 80 students to help kick off the program.

Portage High School dean of students Tim Kunstek, left, and comfort dog Isaiah, watch as graduates proceed onto the football field during commencement.

From left, Dr. Ashish Patel and Dr. Elian Shepherd, spine surgeons at Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, perform a surgery on a patient to straighten his spine.

Corey Miller, of Schneider, sits in a school bus-themed wagon before the beginning of the Lowell Kiddie Parade.

Ryan Bingham, worker with the Lake County Surveyor's office, uses tools to dismantle a beaver dam in Sprout Ditch in Hobart. He and others spotted two dams and a hutch in the ditch.

Lake Central High School graduates, including Camille Bereolos, far left, catch moments during a video tribute at commencement.

Rori Moorehead, of Valparaiso, digs into an ear of corn during Crown Point's annual corn roast at Bulldog Park.

Team "Sonic the Hedgehog" paddles away in one of Cedar Lake Summerfest's cardboard boat races.

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, center, talks with students in the cafeteria at Edison Elementary School in Hammond. The School City of Hammond celebrated National School Breakfast week with guest servers from the local fire and police departments.

Jim Spillers, of Park Forest, Illinois, Calumet Astronomical Society member, adjusts his telescope during an open house at the Calumet Astronomy Center in Lowell.

Nina Corder, of South Chicago Heights, Illinois, performs a gymnastics routine for residents at Hartsfield Village in Munster, Indiana. Corder is an award-winning Indiana State USA gymnast that practices at Midwest Training & Ice Center in Dyer, Indiana.

Rodger Pfalzgraf, of Staunton, Illinois, demonstrates his three-string cigar box guitar items for purchase on Sunday at the Shipshewana on the Road market in Valparaiso, Indiana. Pfalzgraf also made three-string guitars from bedpans.

Simon, left, played by Mario Aldape, helps Jesus, played by David Madriz, carry the cross down Broadway Street in East Chicago during Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross. Our Lady of Guadalupe commeorates Good Friday with the reenactment of Christ's Passion through East Chicago's Harbor section.

Courtney Maxwell is crowned Miss Porter County 2016 at the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, Indiana.

With Michel Jackson's "Thriller" playing in the background, Gordon Schieb and Angeline Shough walk down the aisle together following the end of their wedding ceremony. The two dressed as gothic vampires and had a Halloween-themed wedding at Angeline's mother, Connie's, home in Portage, Indiana. Guests were required to wear a costume in order to attend.

The Visiting Nurse Association of NWI brings a flurry of color to the annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Dancers with Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo perform in the middle of Columbus Drive during the Mexican Independence Day Parade in East Chicago, Indiana.