by Lynn Meredith
This year, children will have the chance to have their own Fun Fest parade. Fun Fest has added a bike parade for kids in the afternoon before the big parade. Kids up to age 14 will have a chance to decorate their bikes and then line up to parade them down Main Street.
“This is the first year we’ve had it. It will be held earlier. It’ll start at 12:30 with decorating before that,” said Brittany Altepeter, parade co-chair. “They will go down Main Street, loop around at the end of Main and come back.”
Entrants have a chance to earn prizes for bikes decorated in two categories. They can win $25 for the bike that is decorated the most patriotic, and $25 for the bike that is decorated the most creatively.
The Fun Fest parade will begin at 6 p.m. The parade has about 70 entries consisting of local area businesses, along with clubs and organizations. Favorites such as Marilyn’s Majorettes will be on hand. Organizations like the Kaneland Fine Arts Festival will have floats. Altepeter said there will be no clowns this year.
Trophies will be awarded for the entry that is the biggest crowd pleaser and for the best motor vehicle.
“We’re hoping to get more floats this year,” Altepeter said.
Both the Kaneland High School and the Kaneland Middle School marching bands will perform. DeKalb High School marching band will also be there.
Awards will be given for the two best marching bands. Last year, Kaneland High School marching band and Burlington High School marching band were awarded the trophies.
Judges for the floats and bands will be chosen from people not closely associated with the entrants, Altepeter said.
For the last few years, Rich Ferdinand served as emcee for the parade.