Updated: July 24, 2013 6:48AM
SOUTH ELGIN — Local farmer, Kane County Farm Bureau officer and county board member Mike Kenyon will be the grand marshal of this year’s Independence Day parade the village announced.
The parade’s theme is “A Hometown Tradition” and recognizes veterans who have served the country over the years.
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at the corner of West Spring Street and Wedgewood Drive. The parade will feature the South Elgin High School marching band, Medinah Motor Corps and Fox Valley Shriners, dancers, veterans, police, fire and other local organizations. New to the parade this year are the Jesse White Tumblers.
A map of the parade route is available online at www.southelgin.com.
Kenyon has been a part of the parade from its start back to the 1970s.
“He continuously supports the Parks and Recreation Department by allowing use of local Kenyon pastures for events such as the Spring Egg Hunt and growing pumpkins for the fall Pumpkin Patch.
“In addition, his community involvement consists of generous donations to special events and programs, the Together We Play SEBA Park Project, as well as his time, effort and thoughts into making South Elgin a great place to live and play,” said a release from the village.
Kenyon Brothers Co. is currently owned by Mike Kenyon and his two brothers. The maintenance of approximately 2,000 acres is manned by only five employees. The South Elgin property was purchased back in 1885 by Mike’s grandfather and began with purchasing, training and selling horses. Currently, the brothers keep the farms to dairy, feed corn and soybeans.
Besides his county board service, Kenyon has served for 10 years as the secretary treasurer of the Kane County Farm Bureau. He has been a resident of South Elgin for more than 50 years and he and his wife have three children and two grandchildren.
All of the parade participants and spectators are being asked again this year to bring non-perishable food items and toiletry items to help fill the shelves at the South Elgin Food Pantry. Members of the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department will pick the items up on their float at the beginning of the parade.