What great timing I had. As I was arriving the parade was about ready to kick off and a helpful policeman, after figuring out that I really didn’t want to head down the street toward the front of the parade, pointed me to the parking area.
As I was walking toward the street, I could see healthy crowds lining the street.
I made it just in time for the color guard.
Considering the aversion that Crystal Lake has to throwing candy, I was surprised that Lake in the Hills allows it. There may have been other elected village officials, but, not knowing most of the players, I couldn’t pick them out. Certainly, there were not cars with signs, as was the case in Algonquin’s Founders Days Parade.
Next came the Sheriff’s contingent.
First four motorcycles. Two from the Sheriff’s department and two, I believe, from the Conservation District.
Next came Sheriff Keith Nygren and his wife Marge. Nygren seems to have lost some weight over the summer.
Behind Nygren’s car was the Crime Prevention Trailer, pulled by the Community Relations vehicle.
What was behind wasn’t political, except for the trombone player in the Dixieland band called Sinful Saints. He’s Republican precinct committeeman Tom McDermott.
Another sticker person wasn’t far behind. By the time I figured out that she was passing out stickers for Sally Wiggins, the Independent candidate for Circuit Court Judge, the young woman had passed me. So I called out and asked if I could take a photo of her sweat shirt. I now see it was a tee shirt. You see the result above.
This group of Cub Scouts deserves a notice for its sheer exuberance. I think it’s Pack 458 of Huntley, but the photo really doesn’t have a good view of the number.
The Jaycees, Lake in the Hills, I would presume, are trying for a world record soda float on Sunday. Really. That’s what the sign says.
At this point, I found a young person who had been “stickered.” There was one for Mark Kirk and another for Sally Wiggins.
I have never heard of the Hearts of Gold organization, which seems to be based in Algonquin, but since many people are in hard times, I thought you ought to know about it.
Others carried yard signs and, I’m guessing, passed out candy.
Next came the Democratic Party candidate for Sheriff. He introduced himself and told those lining the parade route that he was from Lake in the Hills.
It is rare for a candidate to get beyond the front row of parade watchers, but Mahon was doing it on the south side of the street.
State Rep. David Miller, who is running for State Comptroller, had a couple of young men in the parade, so, although I thought the Democrats were gone, I saw more were coming.
And, from the banner being carried by Mary Erlenborn and Mike Bisset’s wife, Paula Yensen, it appears that what I earlier thought was the Democratic Party float was really one for Mike Mahon.
A name I didn’t know came into view: Mark Booras.
“Are you Mark Booras?” I asked. Turns out the man carrying the sign was his brother, so I asked if he were at the parade
Across the street. “So, you’re the Democrat running for county board?” I said.
He agreed he was and, showing that he had learned some political tricks, he kissed a child.
When I remarked on it, he told me it was his child.
Next I saw Jean Bianchi passing out something colorful, which I didn’t get a copy of.
McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi was riding in a yellow convertible and waved at the camera. Bianchi is not up for election. Bianchi’s contingent were acting as if this were a campaign year.
Next came the walking contingent for Sheriff Keith Nygren.
Brent Smith’s son had a dog wearing a Nygren tee shirt. It reminded me of my first campaign for state representative when Coventry Republican Precinct Committeeman claimed he was forming “Pets for Skinner.”
Next was McHenry County College Board member Donna Kurtz riding on the front of a bicycle. She is running for county board. Kurtz and Ken Koehler are on the Republican ballot, while Mark Booras is on the Democratic Party side of the ballot.
The Jacobs High School Band marched past next.
I’m a percussion section fan.
Behind me near the sidewalk, I noticed a young lady passing out Kirk stickers.
On the street behind the Medinah Temple small motorcycle guys, the Mark Kirk marchers could be seen.
The red convertible had State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Mike Tryon’s signs affixed to it.
As in Crystal Lake, Congressman Kirk waved to the crowd and thanked them for coming.
The wind was blowing hard enough that some banner holders could not keep their unweighted signs down so they could be read.
State Senator Pam Althoff was handing out bubble gum at the parade.
On the back of the pick-up truck rode County Board member Tina Hill.
County Board candidate John Jung was handing out Double Bubble, too. I asked for three and got them. Hill and Jung are running mates in District 5, trying to edge out incumbent Democrat Jim Kennedy, who beat Perry Moy four years ago.
Two more Cub Scout Packs followed.
The first was from Lake in the Hills and I can read the number on its waving flag.
Next marched Huntley’s Cub Scout Pack 167.
The McHenry County Environmental Defenders continued its tradition of being the last parade entry with members carrying large bags for plastic bottles.
Bringing up the rear was a huge Elgin Sweeper.