Niles honors “favorite son”

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After their parade, the city of Niles hosted a summer festival to honor a man some call the city’s “favorite son.”

Harry Stevens invented some all-time American favorites such as the hot dog, the baseball scorecard and even the drinking straw.

Babe Ruth himself even called Stevens his second father.

“I’ve been shocked by how many people didn’t, not only know about Harry Stevens, but his story, his relevancy in the city of Niles. He bailed out the city in the depression with a giant loan,” said event organizer Ryan McNaughton. “When he died, New York City sent train load cars of flowers to remember him.”

Niles will end the day with a fireworks display.

The show is set to start downtown at 10 p.m.

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