Partisan politicians were few and far between community organizations and commercial entries in Marengo’s Settlers Days Parade Sunday.
Not counting the Mayor of Marengo, Don Lockhart, and Union Village President Robert Wagner, there were only five politicians in the town’s Settlers’ Days Parade.
First up was State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo).
He was up close and personal with the folks standing next to me. Lots of volunteers accompanied him.
Next up was Bill Prim.
He had a float and a big truck.
He has 30-35 people marching with him and riding on the float. Some were handing out campaign literature.
Behind a far bit was Jim Harrison’s entry.
He and his wife were joined by five volunteers.
The final candidates were two incumbent McHenry County Officials.
County Auditor Pam Palmer, not on the ballot, and Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schimerhorn rode together in a convertible.
The biggest boom of the parade was the Confederate cannon that was periodically fired at a skirmish line of Union soldiers.
As I walked to the end of the parade taking photos of the Civil War reenactors, I found former McHenry County Circuit Clerk Bill Kays.
He was sitting across from the Methodist Church he attends.
Meanwhile, Republican candidate for State Rep. Steve Reick was campaigning on the sidelines of the parade from back to front.
“I got most of the way to the beginning, then met the parade coming the other way, so I just went back.
“I picked up 8 sign locations along the parade route, 4 of them from people who had Jack Franks’ signs in their yards.”