Wednesday, July 07, 2010

4th of July Parade Float Contest Results & Thank You's

The DNA today announced the judging results from last Saturday’s 2010 Fourth of July Parade’s float contest.

There was a tie for 1st Place between the Elgin Area Historical Society and People Who Make Patriotic Floats. 2nd Place was ABODE (Admirers of Beautiful Old Dwellings of Elgin) and 3rd Place was Spring Hill Gymnastics.

The judges also awarded two special recognition awards open to any parade entry. The “175th Anniversary” Award – reflective of entries promoting or celebrating Elgin’s rich history – went to Judson University.

The “Eco-Elgin” Award – given to the parade entry best reflecting a “going green”/sustainability theme or floats built with eco-friendly materials or processes – was a tie between Danny’s Pizza and Davey Tree Experts “Fit Forest”

The City of Elgin and the DNA would like to thank our Fourth of July Parade judges Connie Patino, Brendan Morse, Sue Moylan and Johnny Placeres for their service.

The 2010 Fourth of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health, moved to Saturday, July 3rd due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Sunday this year, featured over 110 parade entries, 20 floats, and nearly 2,500 parade participants and took the dedicated efforts of more than 50 volunteers to execute successfully.

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Don't forget to upload your best parade photos to our 2010 Elgin 4th of July Parade Album on Photobucket for our "Photographers on Parade" Competition. Submission deadline is Friday, July 9 at 5:30pm. We will then select the top photos which will then be voted on by the general public in next week's DNN/Top 10. Prizes awarded to the winning photo(s).

The City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate "Summer in the City" with us this past weekend.

Special thanks to our valued parade sponsors: City of Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Sherman Health, Daily Herald, Provena/St. Joseph Hospital, Woody Buick, Redmon's Towing, Elgin Community College, The Davey Tree Experts, Insure One and VNA of Fox Valley.

Heartfelt thanks to our crew of volunteers, who gave so generously of their time over the Fourth holiday weekend to ensure the parade went as smoothly as possible.

Thank you to Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill for hosting our volunteer breakfast, Elgin Public House for hosting our parade committee meetings throughout the year, the Elgin Junior Service Board for providing V.I.P. hospitality, Redmon's Towing for providing the flatbed trailer for our Judges' stand, and to our parade Grand Marshals - Shabbona District, Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America - for helping with our parade food drive.

And well-deserved thanks to our Fourth of July Parade Committee for the countless hours spent organizing and coordinating every last detail of this parade.

Thank you again to everyone for your support and for making this year's Fourth of July Parade a successful one!

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