Players and others from Mequon's Lakeshore Chinooks baseball team will serve as Parade Marshals in this year's Family Fun Before the Fourth on Saturday, June 28th, Mequon-Thiensville's pre-Independence Day Parade and family festival. Chinooks Manager Eddy Morgan and a number of players will serve as parade marshals.
"Having grown up in the area I know what a great tradition Family Fun Before the Fourth is," said Dean Rennicke, VP and General Manager of the Lakeshore Chinooks. "It is an honor to have the team be recognized as the Parade Marshalls. The community has really embraced the team and we are looking forward to participating in the parade."
The Chinooks - with a 30-player roster - are part of the 18-team Northwoods League. Northwoods is a collegiate summer baseball league drawing top college players from across the country and considered a steppingstone to the majors. All players are NCAA-eligible. The Chinooks, just starting their third season, are based at Concordia University in Mequon. The team compiled a 44-26 record last season to take an overall first in the league's South Division. The Chinooks already have an impressive 13 players drafted by Major League Baseball, including two players drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. Rennicke says he expects additional players may be added to the list during the Major League Baseball First Year Draft to be held June, 5th - June 7th this year.
"It's wonderful having the Chinooks take time from their busy game schedule to be our parade marshals this year," said Family Fun Executive Director Anne Bolles. "The team embodies the spirit of family and Family Fun, with many of the players living with families in the community during their 2 ½ month season. They are truly part of the community family."
"This is a mile-long extravaganza," said parade chairman Bob Simon. "We start off at 10:30 Saturday morning on the 28th and finish an hour later with everyone heading to the festival at Thiensville Park." Simon says in addition to the Lakeshore Chinooks this year's parade includes six marching bands, four churches providing music, several dance groups, clowns, roller skaters and other participants. To date, the list includes:
Cedarburg Civic Band
Billy Mitchell Scottish Band
Concordia Pep Band with Freddie the Falcon
Safar Middle Eastern Dance Co.
Wayne's Drive In Dee Jay with Music and Roller Skaters
"We continue to have some of the best local entertainment, ever," said Bolles, "and this year is no exception," as Family Fun features a day- and evening-long festival of family entertainment, food and drink at Thiensville Park following the parade. Free activities include a rock climbing wall and new this year, S.E.A. Hamsters, which enables you to walk, jump, roll or float on water. "You get inside the 6.5 foot diameter ball, the operator zips you up and off you go," explained Bolles. Entertainment includes music by the Homestead Marching Band, the Badgerland Waterski Show, Taste of Talent, and, new this year, the Sawdust Symphony. "We're very happy to be able to add the "American New Grass" string band to our entertainment this year. The group blends a high energy mix of traditional bluegrass and contemporary music." The area band has members experienced in bluegrass, old-time, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock-a-billy.
"One of the reasons we have great entertainment is because we have great sponsors," adds Bolles. "This year's Entertainment Sponsor for Family Fun is First Bank Financial Centre, which made a $5,000 commitment to Family Fun to help defray the cost of entertainment. Their generosity enables us to continue having wonderful groups throughout the afternoon and evening. Sawdust Symphony will perform from 3:30 until 6:30 and Christopher's Project will perform from 6:30 until Dusk, when we'll have our great fireworks display!"
Entertainment at Family Fun Schedule
10:30 am - Parade
Noon - 12:30 Homestead High School Marching Band
Noon - 3:00 Rock Climbing Wall
Noon - 4:00 S.E.A. Hamsters
12:30 - 2:00 - Badgerland Waterski Show
2:00- 3:30 - Taste of Talent (Bella Via Dance Studio, Lake Shore Dance and Family Tae Kwon Do Champions)
3:30 - 6:30 - Sawdust Symphony
6:30 - Dusk - Christopher's Project
8:30 - 9:00 - Venetian Boat Parade
FIREWORKS AT DUSK
"It wouldn't be Family Fun without plenty of food and beverages," added Bolles. This year's Family Fun featured restaurants include our World Famous Corn Roast, Wow Dogs, Prime Minister, Lee's Concessions, Chancery Pub & Restaurant, and Chuck's Place. Beer and other beverages are strategically located throughout Thiensville Park.
This year's parade begins at Saturday morning, June 28th, at 10:30 a.m. on Cedarburg Road at Weyenberg Library, north into Thiensville along Main Street, east on Freistadt, south on Green Bay Road, east on Riverview Drive and south on Elm Street to Thiensville Village Park. Free ice cream in the park after the parade!
Family Fun Before the Fourth is organized by Community Fun Events, Inc., a non-profit community organization comprised of volunteers. The celebration provides a full day of activities and entertainment for all ages, including a parade, food service by area restaurants, musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale in Thiensville Village Park.
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