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2018 Stroll on State set for Nov. 24

Annual event kicks off the holiday season

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The sixth annual Stroll on State is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday.

The free community event, which is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, attracted more than 82,500 guests last year.

“As we approach Stroll on State’s sixth year in the Rockford region, I am truly amazed at just how much this event has exceeded our expectations. Each year, I am reminded that our community is filled with so many selfless, big-hearted people who help our team put on this amazing event,” said Tana Vettore, RACVB’s director of destination development. “Stroll brings the magic of the season to our downtown and joy to the hearts of many. We are truly grateful to our partners, volunteers, patrons, sponsors and vendors for their support throughout the years and this year.”

Illinois Bank & Trust has agreed to extend its presenting sponsor partnership for three additional years, supporting Stroll on State through 2022, the event’s 10th year.

“Illinois Bank & Trust has been the presenting sponsor of Stroll on State since 2015 and we are thrilled to continue this invaluable partnership with the RACVB to bring joy and happiness to so many people during the holiday season. We are dedicated to doing this for years to come, which is why we are thrilled to announce a three-year extension that will take us to 2022,” said Illinois Bank & Trust President and CEO Jeff Hultman said.

“Our company tagline is ‘Great Things Happen,’ and this event proves great things do happen when partners, sponsors and volunteers come together for the same purpose to bring vitality to downtown Rockford and to create a fun experience for the community to enjoy year after year.”

In total, 29 local companies and organizations are providing financial support through sponsorship of this year’s Stroll on State and Dasher Dash 5K. Additional local organizations and media companies provide support invaluable to the production of Stroll on State. R.

Supporters & Partners  

Led by the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, in addition to many partners, the following entities have come together to generously sponsor Stroll on State:


Presenting Sponsor:

  • Illinois Bank & Trust

Parade Presenting Sponsor:

  • The Power Connection IBEW 364 & NECA

Supporting Sponsors: 

  • OSF HealthCare
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • PCI Pharma Services
  • Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Union
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23
  • International Union of Operating Engineers     Local 150
  • Ironworkers Local Union 498
  • Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11
  • Mercyhealth
  • LaMonica Beverages
  • David & Colleen Anderson Family
  • Comcast
  • Rockford Mass Transit District
  • Event Floral
  • Gallagher Williams-Manny Insurance Group
  • ComEd
  • Nicor Gas
  • Furst Staffing & Furst Professionals
  • Project First Rate
  • Pearson
  • Landstar System, Inc.
  • River District Association

Media Sponsors: 

  • Northwest Quarterly
  • Rockford Register Star
  • The Rock River Times
  • Lamar
  • Mid-West Family Broadcasting
  • Townsquare Media
  • WIFR 23
  • WREX 13
  • WTVO 17 / FOX 39
  • Journal & Topics Newspapers
  • El Sol

Partner Organizations:

  • City of Rockford
  • Heartland Community Church
  • City First Church
  • Rockford Sharefest
  • Rockford Park District

Dasher Dash 5K Sponsors

  • SwedishAmerican, presenting sponsor
  • Wolfe Landscaping
  • A. Tanner Design
  • Peak Sports Club
  • Turano
  • Mechanical
  • Gorman & Co
  • Pearson

Frosty’s Merry Market presented by Mercyhealth

Stroll on State’s vendor experience has been upgraded and expanded this year with outdoor vending at two locations: Rockford City Market Pavilion at the corner of East State and Water Streets, and the parking lot at the corner of North Main and Mulberry Streets. Exact locations of the vendors will be announced soon


  • Past Thymes Market
  • Amanda Flock Food Truck
  • Mamma Mia’s
  • Bar None
  • Evelyn’s Acre
  • Pino’s on Main Pizza
  • Rockford Woodcrafts
  • Mohop
  • Roosevelt Community Education Center
  • Hey Brothers
  • La Fiesta Candies
  • Baker Street Burgers
  • Wok n Roll by Bamboo
  • Vineyard Books and Gifts
  • Hermes Popcorn
  • La Paloma Garden Designs
  • Mario’s Taco Express
  • Franchesco’s Ristorante
  • Mary’s Market
  • District Bar & Grill


  • Just Craftin’ Around by Jen
  • Rucci’s Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
  • The Candle Kiln
  • Lulu’s Roasted Corn
  • The Pewter Dragonfly, LLC
  • Frybabies
  • Pet Wants Rockford
  • Soap of the Earth
  • BearMoon Soap
  • Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Cookies by Design
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Downtown Fancy Franks
  • The Cheese Market
  • Pizza on Earth
  • Witches in Stitches
  • Lucha Cantina
  • BSA Troop 23
  • The Olive Branch Greek Food Truck
  • By the Dozen Bakery
  • Sweet T’s Kettle Corn
  • 15th & Chris



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