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Kishwaukee Fest parade takes a new route

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 11:44 a.m. CDT

The fifth Kishwaukee Fest will feature a variety of events around DeKalb County.

The biggest change for 2014 will be Friday’s Kishwaukee Fest Parade route, which was changed to avoid the railroad tracks at Lincoln Highway and Fourth Street.

The new route will start on North First Street at Hillcrest Drive, head south to Lincoln Highway, and proceed east to Third Street. The parade will turn north and end on Locust Street. The new community neighborhood section will be on First Street, allowing citizens to park in the various lots near North First Street and allowing the many apartment dwellers to invite guests to tailgate before and during the parade.

The pre-parade classic car and vintage motorcycle show will start at 6:30 p.m. Owners of classic vehicles will stage at First and Hillcrest and proceed along the parade route, then park in the downtown area to showcase their motorcycles and cars. The parade will step off at 7 p.m., arriving downtown about 7:30 p.m.

There is no charge to participate in the pre-parade showcase, but owners must register with Kishwaukee Fest Event Director Jacki Prusa-Bish at Jacki@FunMEevents.com.

There were more than 90 units in the 2013 Kishwaukee Fest Parade. This year’s parade will include bands, floats, youth groups, businesses, horse units and more. Several beauty pageant title winners from throughout the state will participate, including Miss Illinois 2014. After the parade, bands will perform for a street dance downtown.

Baconpaloosa Swine & Wine Festival will be the major food attraction of the festival  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will include a variety of bacon dishes by local restaurants and service clubs. There will be wine sampling with both local and national wine venders at the event. Part of the day will include a collection of classic Corvettes, boutique shoppe specials and entertainment.

For more information, visit www.KishwaukeeFest.com.

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