Keep Calm and March On!

It was bigger and better than ever! The 2013 Hog Days parade was big on floats and marching units in a 90 minute spectacle that wound its way from one side of town to the other over a two mile route.

The Western Illinois University Marching Leathernecks were one of the many highlights as featured in the video above.

When Hog Days began its run on Labor Day weekend, the parade was held on Monday as a Labor event.  In the early 1970s, it moved to Saturday and became the Hog Days Parade and nowadays serves the purpose of honoring America, Labor and our agricultural roots all in one.

Upon entering the parade, all applicants are categorized with awards going to those judged best in each of the categories. For 2013, the winners included:

  • Colors Unlimited - Commercial Award
  • Kewanee Library - Not for Profit Award
  • IVC High School - Marching Band Award
  • Fantastic Andy's - Most Original Award
  • Petersen Health Care - Mayor's Cup Award
  • State Bank of Toulon - Sweepstakes Award
  • Parade Marshals were Larry 'Flag Man' Eckhardt and Mary Ashpole.

    You can get more information regarding entry in the 2014 Hog Days Parade from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce or by clicking here.

    Come join us Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 2 PM for one of the lynchpins of our Labor Day weekend celebration that is viewed by several thousand...the annual Hog Days Parade!

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