Kishwaukee Fest parade takes a new route, still plenty to see

DeKALB – The fifth Kishwaukee Fest of DeKalb County will feature a variety of events around DeKalb County from July 20 through 27.

The biggest change for 2014 will be the Kishwaukee Fest Parade route. The route was changed to avoid the railroad tracks at Lincoln Highway and Fourth Street, parade chair Susan Johnson said.

The new parade 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. Friday, July 25. 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

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 also participate, including Miss Illinois 2014. After the parade, bands that played in the parade will perform for a street dance downtown.

Groups interested in being in the parade should email jacki@funmeevents or call 815-756-1263 before July 16. For more information, visit

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