Letter: Thanks for attending the Sugar Grove bike parade

I would like to thank all the moms, dads and children that came out to the Sugar Grove July Fourth Bike Parade; without you there wouldn’t be a parade.

We had a 2-week-old baby join us, an 80-year-old lady with a red floppy hat, a woman in a wheelchair, and a parrot on the shoulder of a rider, along with lots of bikes, skateboards, scooters and wagons. What a parade this year.

Also, I would like to thank Matt McCannon, Bob Beetham and Dave Smith from the American Legion for being our color guard. What an awesome job these three guys did. It was so great to see spectators stand and put their hand over their heart to respect our flag and our nation.

The Sugar Grove Police Department and Sugar Grove Fire Department always add to the parade. They make our small-town parade seem much bigger and a lot more important. The Fire Department provides some noise and lights to add to the excitement. Of course, the Police Department ensures our safety along our route. Every year, they have generously given their time and equipment to join the parade on this holiday. Special thanks go to Wayne Parson of the Fire Department and Brad Sauer of the Police Department.

We all can’t forget to thank the Sugar Grove Park District for providing freeze pops after the parade. The weather was hot, but the freeze pops were so cool. Thanks to Barb Larson and Brian of the Park District.

Now I want to extend a special thanks to my clown friends, Mr. Mumbles, Tiny T and Calico Rose, for the fun way they add to each and every day. Last year in July, I was in the hospital and then spent an extended time in rehab. But my clown friends made sure that Sugar Grove had a bike parade. This year, I was back on my “clown Victoria” golf cart and enjoyed every minute of the parade along with my friends.

Hope to see you all on Sunday at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil on July 25.

JoJo the Clown
Karen McCannon
Sugar Grove