EARLVILLE - Plans for the Earlville 150th Celebration Parade on Sunday, June 30 are shaping up very well with all types of interesting entries scheduled to appear. Some of the entries signed up so far include the Earlville High School Band; Earlville Immanuel Lutheran Church float; Mendota Chamber of Commerce float with queens; the Mel & Mel-O-Dee Calliope; Paw Paw Lions Club; City of Amboy queens in convertibles; Amboy Immanuel Lutheran Church float; four Clydesdale horses with restored Budweiser delivery wagon; Boy Scout float; Tebala Shrine Klowns; Village of Sublette patriotic float; Pipes and Drums of Clan MacAlpine (bagpipes); Potts and Pans Steel Drum band; Bourbon Street 5+2 float with jazz music; Starved Rock Abate of Illinois (red, white and blue motorcycles); Earlville Casey's General Store (convertible with Pepperoni Pete); Illinois Valley Horsemen Association; John Weidner, double box wagon built before 1862 and butter churn used by families in the 1800s; antique tractors, classic cars and trucks.
Parade organizers invite other groups and communities to take part in the parade. Parade entries will be accepted up until Saturday, June 29. To participate, groups or individuals may call Dave Waldron at (815) 246-9721 or request information by mail at: Earlville 150th, P.O. Box 758, Earlville, IL.
Commemorative plaques will be awarded to winning entries. Judging for awards will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. the day of the parade. No judging will be done after 12:30 p.m. Awarding of plaques will be done at the reviewing stand (at the park) area during the parade.
The parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday and will travel along the following route: from the Earlville Schools east parking lot go east on Union Street, turn north onto Ottawa Street and proceed north to Railroad Street. Turn west on Railroad Street to Fourth Street, turn south on Fourth Street and continue back to the school parking lot (east or west). Please note: Parades in the past have used Winthrop Street as part of the parade route. Due to the poor condition of Winthrop Street at this time, the parade will continue west on Railroad Street to Fourth Street.
Dave Waldron, parade chairman and celebration co-chairman, has announced the selection of Lorraine Meloy as the Earlville 150th Celebration Grand Marshal with Al and Judi Fane selected as the Earlville 150th Celebration Parade Marshals. All of these individuals will take part in the 150th Celebration Parade.