Fun Fest: Parade

By on August 30, 2012

Maple Park
Fun Fest Parade

Saturday, Sept. 1
6 p.m.
Main Street, Maple Park

Miss Illinois 2012,
other groups to appear at Saturday festivities

by Susan O’Neill
Maple Park—Brittany Altepeter and her fellow Maple Park Fun Fest organizers Melissa Brady and Emma Smith were successful in booking the 2012 Miss Illinois, Megan Ervan, to appear in this year’s Maple Park Fun Fest Parade.

Ervan, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Western Illinois University, is promoting the Fight against Childhood Obesity and Inactivity as part of her platform throughout the year.

Also new to the parade is veterinarian Dr. Margaret Rogers of Maple Park’s Wingate Animal Clinic, together with some of her animal friends. Cami the camel, LeBronkey the miniature donkey, as well as a goat or two will accompany Rogers in the parade.

Cami, who lives with Rob and Marlene Davy in unincorporated Maple Park, will be available for rides during the Fun Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Wingate Animal Clinic on Maple Park Road.

Another new entry in the parade will be Connexion Communidad, a DeKalb-based social service organization. The organization will perform ethnic dances for the audience. Connexion Communidad provides classes, services and a meeting place for the local Latino community.

Honest Automotive owner Dennis Lexa will once again kick off the parade when he sings the National Anthem. The parade begins to roll once Lexa is done singing, at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Rich and Pam Ferdinand will be the masters of ceremony for the parade.

According to Altepeter, most of the 60 or so entries will be local businesses. Four local school bands, including those from Burlington Central High School, DeKalb High School, Kaneland High School and Kaneland Harter Middle School, will play and march in the parade.

Crowd-pleasers Marilyn’s Majorettes from Sycamore will be back again this year, as well.

“It should be a pretty good parade again this year,” Altepeter said.