Everybody loves a parade

By on September 3, 2009

Festival lineup includes traditional, new entries
by Martha Quetsch
The 2009 Maple Park Fun Fest parade will have a few newcomers in the mix of club and business entries that make up the popular, rural-themed event.

The parade will step off at 6 p.m., traveling from the lineup area on Ashton Drive east to Broadway Street, north to Main Street, west to County Line Road, and north to Ashton.

Check-in for parade participants is at 5 p.m.

Parade co-coordinator Brittany Altepeter said the event will have more than 60 entries this year. Sign-up will continue until the day before the parade, with applications available at A & P Grain System, 410 S. County Line Road, Maple Park.

Among this year’s parade participants are new businesses Honest Automotive and Zobie’s Artworks. Returning to the event are many familiar entrants, including a spectator favorite, KC Corn Growers.

“They are always a big crowd pleaser. They have go-carts modified to look like ears of corn,” Altepepter said.

Other popular entries that will be featured again include Marlyn’s Majorettes.

The Maple Park Lions Club, whose representatives typically drive golf carts in the parade, is doing something different for this year’s event. Members will ride in a hayrack pulled by an antique John Deere tractor owned by Ed Weydert.

Altepeter is organizing the parade with Melissa Brady. The pair stepped in to assume the responsibility that Marianne Delaney held for many years, until she passed away in 2008.