Stars and Stripes Forever
Heritage Days Parade theme
BELVIDEREBelvidere and Boone County will honor law enforcement and fire fighters at the annual Heritage Days Parade on June 30. Invited to be parade marshals are Boone County Sheriff Duane Wirth, Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble, Belvidere Fire Chief Dave Worrell and rural fire chiefs Tracy Fleming, Fire District No. 1; Melvin Johnson, Fire District No. 2; and Elmyr Morelock, Fire District No. 3.
Plans are for them to ride in one vehicle at the head of the parade, said parade chairman Millie Priem. We hope all of them will be able to participate.
The events of last Sept. 11 had no bearing on the selection of parade marshals, said Priem. Our police and fire department are such good guys, we wanted to pay homage to them. There have been many local fires lately, and the fire fighters have worked so hard and have done such a good job, we want to recognize the work they do.
However, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, had a great influence on the choice of the parade theme, Stars and Stripes Forever, said Glen Guthrie, chairman of the Boone County Heritage Days Committee.
People are more patriotic (as a result of Sept. 11), and theyre displaying the flag more. What happened then really brought Boone County together, he said.
The parade is a highlight of the two-day celebration that begins June 29. Marchers will assemble to step off at 2 p.m., marching down State Street in Belvidere. There is no cost to enter the parade, and anyone can participate, said Priem. Contact her at 815-544-2432 for information and an entry blank.
Trophies for parade entries will be given in several categories. Awards will be presented during the evening entertainment at the fairgrounds. Fireworks at dusk will climax festivities.
The festival is co-sponsored by Belvidere Moose Lodge 295 and Big Thunder Grange with the help of other volunteers, Guthrie said, and planned not to conflict with other area celebratiaons on July 4.
Duck Race new attraction for Heritage Days
A yellow duck can give its sponsor a nice award and earn money for two non-profit organizations at the same time.
A duck race down the Kishwaukee River during the Boone County Heritage Days Festival on June 30 will benefit the festival and the Boone County Council on Aging. Participants can sponsor a duck for $5 or adopt a flock of five ducks for $20. First prize is $1,000. Second prize in the race is $500, and there are five additional prizes of $100 each.
Boone County Council on Aging is handling duck adoption and will share in the proceeds.
The race will run from Main Street to Doty Park with the ducks scheduled to start floating downstream at 10:30 a.m. The race is a new feature for the Heritage Days Festival at the Boone County Fairgrounds and downtown Belvidere.
For information on sponsoring a duck or ducks in the race, call 815-544-9893 or 815-544-9279.