Route 47 ribbon-cutting event highlights Huntley Days
By Jeanie Mayer For The Courier-News July 6, 2012 1:22PM
Updated: August 9, 2012 9:27AM
HUNTLEY — A celebration of summer and all things relating to Huntley will take place July 15-21 as the village celebrates Huntley Days.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on July 17 for the newly completed Route 47 widening project. The ribbon cutting will take place at 6 p.m. that day at Deicke Park, 11419 S. Route 47.
Margo Griffin, business development coordinator for the village, said the idea for the event was the brainchild of the village staff and the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We wanted to create an event that would promote the many fine businesses in Huntley and which could easily coincide with the ribbon cutting ceremony,” Griffin said.
The grand re-opening of the highway will include a photo opportunity in which Huntley residents can be a part. Light refreshments will be served in the park following the ribbon cutting.
Griffin said it is not unusual for communities to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies for the opening of major arterial roadway.
“In fact, they held a ribbon cutting ceremony when Route 47 was first constructed in 1936. We’ve heard there are several Huntley residents who attended the original ribbon cutting who still live in the area and are expected to attend the July 17th ribbon cutting event,” Griffin said.
Following the ribbon cutting, the BritBeat Beatles tribute band will be playing a free concert for the public. Residents are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the music. In case of rain, the concert will be relocated to the Cosman Theater in the park district recreation center.
Throughout the week, businesses all over Huntley will be offering deals on merchandise and special pricing in celebration of the village’s first Huntley Days event. Griffin said this will be a great opportunity for the residents to show their appreciation to the local businesses.
“This is a celebration for the people of Huntley….Everyone is invited. We are especially eager to see the group photo of the ribbon cutting as we are going to attempt to include everyone in attendance in the photo,” she said.