Fun Fest: Marching bands, Model Aâ€™s, majorettes
by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARKâ€”Those who arrive at Fun Fest early on Saturday can reserve their best vantage point for watching the annual parade.
Attendees will be treated to traditional parade favorites: marching bands, antique cars and Marlynâ€™s Majorettes. They also will have a chance to see antique fire trucks from neighboring towns, classic cars from the Kane County car clubs and even the winner of this yearâ€™s Toilet Bowl race.
The Girl Scouts will lead off with a welcome banner, followed by the Maple Park Police Department, the trustees, and the fire trucks. Fox Valley Model A Club will be there, as will the Kane County Corn Growers, who drive go-carts styled as ears of corn. Also in the lineup will be local businesses, politicians and floats.
Rich Ferdinand will reprise his role as master of ceremonies for the third year. He will announce this yearâ€™s 72 entries.
Judges name the winners in three categories. They select two winners from the marching band category. Kaneland High School marching band, along with Kaneland Middle School marching band, will compete with DeKalb and Burlington Central bands. Also, the best motor vehicle and the biggest crowd pleaser receive trophies.
â€œWe have two judges who keep an eye on the crowd and see which entry gets the most response,â€ Brittany Alpeter, one of the parade organizers, said. â€œThe winner is announced after the parade.â€
The Fun Fest Parade begins at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4.