SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Corn Boil will feature a former Chicago Bull, mixed martial arts athletes and a parade with a civil rights theme.
The Corn Boil takes place from July 26 to 28 in the area of Volunteer Park, which is at 61 Main St. in Sugar Grove.
Former Bulls player Bob Love will appear at the festival from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28. Love was with the Bulls from 1968 to 1977. He led the team in scoring for seven consecutive seasons and ranks third, behind Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, on the Bulls’ all-time scoring list. Love’s uniform number, 10, was retired by the Bulls in 1994.
Local Power Fights MMA athletes will appear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28.
The parade will take place at 6 p.m. July 26, as part of the event’s official opening ceremonies. The theme of the parade will be civil rights, in particular the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. An Abraham Lincoln impersonator will recite the proclamation and talk about its impact and importance.
Sugar Grove Trustee David Paluch, who organizes the parade and opening ceremonies, said he was surprised there wasn’t more celebration involving a significant anniversary for the proclamation. He was familiar with the Lincoln impersonator from a past Corn Boil event, and he said bringing him back would provide a good opportunity to drive home the point about the proclamation, which led to the freedom of slaves.
“It’s a chance to remind people about our history, of what, unfortunately, millions of people had to go through not too long ago,” Paluch said.
The Lincoln impersonator will speak at the opening ceremony and will be available for more than an hour on opening night, Paluch said.
Before the parade, there will be booths, a carnival and craft vendors at 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 5 p.m.
There will be performances from local bands throughout the festival. EPIC and 7th Heaven will appear July 26. Waubonsee Steel Drums, Sole City Juke Band, HillBilly RockStarz and Hi Infidelity will perform on July 27. As One, Serendipity, 4th Point and Big Daddy Weave will appear on July 28.
The festival also includes a “kids zone,” a cooking challenge and a beer tent.
For information, visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org.