The first political entry was Undersheriff Andy Zinke driving a Sheriff’s Department vehicle. Note the sign with his name and title on the door.
I say “political” because I never saw him in a parade before he announced he was running for McHenry County Sheriff in 2014 with Sheriff Keith Nygren’s full endorsement.
Maybe I wrote too soon.
I see that a truck carrying Lake in the Hills officials came before Zinke.
Since they are elected officials, their photos certainly belong in this article.
In the cab was Village Trustee Steve Harlfinger.
I recognize him because he comes to Grafton Township Board meetings in support of the Township Trustees.
Other village officials and family members were in the back of the yellow truck. Please help me identify them.
And while he’s not a politician, Lake in the Hill’s first Police Chief Irv Floress (can you remember the early 1960′s?) and his wife Lois were the Parade’s Grand Marshalls.
The last time I talked to Floress he was living in a lake community south of Rockford.
There were a couple of fire engines from the Northern Illinois Fire Museum.
While it’s non-political the truck with the message that the Lake in the Hills Historical Society had saved Ford School had been saved was neat enough to merit a photo.
The Dan Duffy for State Senate contingent came next.
Duffy’s volunteers were handing out plastic hands that, when shook, made a noise and looked as if they were clapping.
I asked one volunteer to hold up what she was passing out.
One of the next entries was Miss Lake in the Hills in a Black Diamond convertible.
Next came the Democrats.
And, as the sign on the side of the cars says, besides incumbent District 5 Democrat Paula Yensen, there was another County Board candidate, Nick Chirikos, who is running in District 1.
I turned around and found another Democrat. Looking at the photos, I note that the word “Democrat” does not appear on the signs.
Next came a dance school whose name I didn’t catch, but it had high steppers, as you can see.
Immediately thereafter was a group playing the Star Spangled Banner on violins. What a treat?
I thought that was the end of the parade and got ready to leave.
It turns out the pokey entry belonged to District 2 McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz. Gone was the husband-powered Kurtzmobile. A spiffy red car was the replacement.
Entertainment was provided by a band and singers from Living Waters Church.
Walking with them was a clown named Caasi.
A car and people handing out candy for State Rep. Mike Tryon were the next political entry.
Close behind was a black pickup truck with signs for District 5 GOP County Board members John Jung and Tina Hill, plus District 1 County Board member Anna Miller.
Must be something about Lutherans, because right behind came another Lutheran Church entry.
This time it was Crosspoint Lutheran Church of Lakewood near Lou Malnati’s.