‘Celebrating 80 years of Fun in the Community’

By on August 19, 2009

Festival theme complemented by parade’s ’80s flair
by Martha Quetsch
Put on your old preppy clothes with collars turned up, tease your hair until it’s really big, and you’ll fit right in at the Elburn Days parade.

The 80th annual Elburn Days Parade, at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, has the theme, “80 Years of Service, ’80’s Style.”

Every year, local Lions Club members decide on a different theme for their summer festival, Elburn Days. For the 2009 event, the Lions decided the parade would have its own theme.

“We thought it would make it easier for people to come up with float ideas,” Lions member Tim Klomhaus said.

Klomhaus said he and a few other club members brainstormed, and the ’80s theme was an obvious choice.

“That was the one that really jumped out at us,” he said.

The theme for the event, overall, is, “Celebrating 80 Years of Fun in the Community,” reflecting the eight decades the summer festival has taken place in the village.

Last year’s Elburn Days theme was “Knights of the Blind Since 1929,” for the charitable contributions the Lions Club has made to organizations assisting the seeing impaired from the time it was established in Elburn.

Who’s No. 1?

Recalling the chart-topping songs from this week in the ‘80s
1980: “Magic,” Olivia Newton-John
1981: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
1982: “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor
1983: “Every Breath You Take,” The Police
1984: “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker, Jr.
1985: “Shout,” Tears For Fears
1986: “Glory of Love,” Peter Cetera
1987: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2
1988: “Roll With It,” Steve Winwood
1989: “Right Here Waiting,” Richard Marx
courtesy of www.popculturemadness.com

The top-grossing movies
1980: “The Empire Strikes Back,” $141 million
1981: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” $115 million
1982: “E.T. – The Extraterrestrial,” $228 million
1983: “Return of the Jedi,” $168 million
1984: “Ghostbusters,” $130 million
1985: “Back to the Future,” $104 million
1986: “Top Gun,” $79 million
1987: “Three Men and A Baby,” $81 million
1988: “Rain Man,” $86 million
1989: “Batman,” $150 million
courtesy of www.inthe80s.com