Fourth Annual Stroll on State returns to downtown, Nov. 26

Staff Report 

DOWNTOWN – The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) announced that the fourth annual Stroll on State, presented by Illinois Bank and Trust, is set for 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 in downtown Rockford.

“We hope that everyone joins us as we kickoff the holidays and take in the awe and wonder of this magical night,” said John Groh, RACVB President/CEO. “Stroll on State has become a wonderful tradition for the community and is something we look forward to throughout the entire year. Stroll on State is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of Rockford.”

Stroll on State, which is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, began in 2013. The event has continued to grow and expand in the past few years with more than 66,000 people attending the event in 2015.

Jeff Hultman, Illinois Bank and Trust President/CEO, announced that the bank has extended its support of Stroll on State as the “Presenting Sponsor” through 2019. 

“As a locally headquartered, leading provider of financial services in the greater Rockford area, Illinois Bank and Trust Trust is excited to continue our sponsorship of Stroll on State,” Hultman said. “We are excited to be a key supporter of the growing vibrancy in our downtown and increasing community connectivity, both of which are tied to the growing success of our region.”

Mayor Larry Morrissey applauded the efforts of RACVB and its partners, saying that the group had exceeded his expectations in being able to host events like Stroll and the numerous sports tournaments the region has racked up in the past few years.

“There’s a lot to be said in throwing a good party,” Morrissey commented, “because at the heart of a good party is the belief you have the right to celebrate.”

Creig Day, Heartland Community Church director of local and global outreach and Rockford Sharefest director, said that the best part of Stroll on State is seeing the outpouring of love and support that the community gives to the event.

“When a city has people who are willing to take action, to give their time, energy and resources to make their city better, then it has discovered love,” Day said.

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The Rock River Times is a proud media partner of Stroll on State. Look for a pair of special issues next month with loads of information for visitors to this year’s event.

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