Editorial: Have a ‘totally rad’ Elburn Days weekend

Get out your hair spray and acid-washed jeans, the 1980s’-themes Elburn Days festival is upon us.

The theme of the entire event is “Celebrating 80 Years of Family Fun in the Community,” but we all know that the place to be when it kicks off is along Route 47 in Elburn for the annual parade. This year, the parade theme is “Celebrating 80 Years of Fun, 80’s Style.”

Following the parade is a full weekend of fun events and opportunities to get out and meet your follow community members. Read through either of our Elburn Days special sections, and it becomes clear that there is more than enough to entertain people of all ages and interests.

Community events like Elburn Days, Sugar Grove’s Corn Boil, and the upcoming, new Kaneville Fest set for the following week, are examples of opportunities to connect with your community—whether that is to strengthen bonds that already exist, reconnect with those you may have lost touch with, or create new friendships.

The strength of a community lies in its people and their relationships with each other. It is these relationships that help turn a place where people live into their hometown, and it is a strong hometown that gives people security and improves their quality of life.

Knowing that a neighbor will be there when you find yourself facing a difficult time (and you know this because you would be there for them), knowing the people you see around town by name, knowing the people behind the organizations trying to help out others in need—these are what some may call “little things,” but it is these “little things” that can make all the difference in someone’s daily life.

In general, times may be hard, finances are tight, stress may be on the rise, but more and more, people are finding out that it is the strength of their communities that make those difficulties easier to handle.

With that in mind, we hope to see you at Elburn Days, at Kaneville Fest, and at as many of the other smaller community events that occur throughout the year. You may find that they are just what you need.