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Are you ready to rock the block?  Get pumped for this year’s 11th Annual Discover Sycamore Block Party scheduled to take place Saturday, September 17th from 3-11pm in downtown Sycamore. This free day of fun provides entertainment for the entire family including a kids’ parade, kids’ games, huge inflatable attractions for kids and adults, a DJ, contests, prizes, food from local vendors, a beer garden, live music from Red Woody and more.

 

The event kicks off with an All Star Kids’ Parade presented by NB&T starting at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, through downtown Sycamore, ending at the Block Party in the parking lot on the corner of Somonauk and Elm Street.  Be sure to sport your favorite team’s jersey.  The best dressed athlete will win a prize!

 

The fun continues from 3-6pm as parents, teens and young children can all enjoy some friendly competition in the All Star Game Area presented by NB&T.  Challenge your friends to a race to the finish line in our Inflatable Obstacle Course.   Participants race through several challenges and finish with a rock climb to the top and slide down to victory.  Or team-up to compete for 1st place in our Bags Tournament.  The entry fee is $20 per team before Friday, September 16th.   A registration form can be downloaded at www.DiscoverSycamore.com, or picked up at the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce office.  The entry fee for day of registration is $25 per team, and contestants must arrive and register before 3:30pm.   

 

Back by popular demand is Bark on the Block- Sycamore’s Top Dog Competition presented by Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.  Enter your gold-medal dog into the All Star K-9 Competition.  There will be four different sports contests just for man’s best friend: baseball, football, soccer and track and field.  Winners will be awarded fabulous prizes from Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.  Register your four-legged friends at huckleberryspetparlor.com or call (815)899-3435.

 

“Bark on the Block was a huge success last year, and we’ve put a new twist on the competition this year.  You won’t want to miss it,” said Discover Sycamore Director, Lauren Diehl. 

 

At 6pm the Block Party DJ will keep the party going as families enjoy the food vendors and beer garden.  Then at 8:00pm get ready to get down with local favorite “Red Woody” as they rock the night away.

“Red Woody has an awesome following in this community, and we are lucky to have them back again this year,” said Diehl. 

 

Discover Sycamore’s Block Party is brought to you by Castle Bank, The National Bank and Trust Company, Taxco Restaurant, Courtview Dental, Daily Chronicle, Le Print Express, American National Bank of Dekalb County, Jumpy Jumpers, KishHealth System and Waste Management.

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We are proud to announce Huckleberry’s 2nd Annual Bark on the Block is set to take place Saturday, September 17th at Discover Sycamore’s Block Party on the corner of Somonauk and Elm Street.  No bones about it!  Enter your gold-medal dog into the All Star K-9 Competition.  There will be four different sports contests just for man’s best friend: baseball, football, soccer and track and field.  Winners will be awarded fabulous prizes from Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.  To register your dog for this year’s contest  Click here .  Contestants must check into the Huckleberry’s booth by 3:30pm and the competition will start promptly at 4pm.  Please contact Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor for any questions that you may have at 815-899-3435.

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Discover Sycamore’s Block Party was cloudy, but successful! Many residents came out despite the weather and had a great time! This event was made possible by the generosity of the following local businesses. Please thank them for their support!!

NIU Athletics

American National Bank of DeKalb County

Taxco Restaurant

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Sycamore Block Party to be held Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:56 pm | Updated: 10:36 pm, Wed Sep 15, 2010.

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The city of Sycamore invites everyone to come out for some good old fashioned family fun at its annual Block Party this Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m.

This marks the tenth time Discover Sycamore has hosted this event and Megan Yockey, director of Discover Sycamore, 407 W. State St., Suite 10, Sycamore, said this year promises to be bigger and better than in the past.

“We have more kids activities, more food vendors, more music and more fun for adults,” Yockey said. This year’s block party will include local food vendors, music from local bands, games, bags, crafts and plenty of activities for kids, including the Wild West Kid Parade, Costume and Bike Decorating Contest.

Additionally, NIU will be present for the weekend’s festivities.

“NIU athletics is a sponsor of the block party and will be setting up a booth for promotion and meet and greets with the athletes,” Yockey said.

The block party will also include the first annual Bark on the Block contest, sponsored by Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor, 423 N. Main St,, Sycamore.

“Huckleberry’s just wanted to be involved with the block party so we came up with the idea of hosting five different contests,” said Huckleberry’s owner Jenny Kingren.

Contests include dog/owner look-a-like, best bark, best trick, best costume and best personality. The winner of each will receive a dog gift basket valued over $100. More information and registration forms are available on Huckleberry’s website, www.huckleberryspetparlor.com.

Later in the evening, the fun turns a little more adult with music from local band “Fourth Times a Charm” starting at 5 p.m., the Block Party DJ following, and a performance from Red Woody from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Yockey said there will also be a beer garden open to adults.

Yockey said this event is financed through local sponsors and Discover Sycamore Member Businesses.

“We have a lot of support from the local community,” Yockey said. “This event is Discover Sycamore’s largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised at block party goes for walk with Santa, chocolate weekend, the holiday calendar and all of our holiday marketing.”

Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said the Chamber of Commerce, Discover Sycamore, local merchants and businesses and other groups work very hard to put in this event in downtown Sycamore.

“The Sycamore Downtown Block Party is a great example of family fun at little or no cost,” Mundy said. “Everyone is invited to attend this small yet enjoyable fun event with food, music, and games to play.”

For more information on the Sycamore Block Party visit the Discover Sycamore website, www.discoversycamore.com.

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Rocking the block for 10 years

By DENNIS HINES – dhines@shawsuburban.com

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SYCAMORE – Attending this year’s Discover Sycamore Block Party will be like heading out to the wild west.

The 10th annual Block Party will begin at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, with the wild west kids parade starting at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St. Children will be asked to dress in western attire and decorate their bicycles or wagons. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and the best decorated bicycle or wagon.

Participants will travel down State Street to the wild west kids’ area near the corner of Somonauk and Elm streets.

“The kids ride their bikes and wagons and wear their costumes into the kids’ area, and that’s like the kick off (for the Block Party),” said Megan Yockey, executive director for Discover Sycamore. “We have a lot of people who line the streets to watch the parade. It’s a lot of fun. It gets everybody into the festive mood.”

The kids’ area will be open 3-6 p.m. and will feature booths from local businesses, children’s games, animal balloons, inflatable rock climbing slide and an inflatable pony hop derby, where children may race their friends and family members.

“We have a few different size ponies, so even parents can race. It’s three lanes, so challenge your friends,” Yockey said. “We have a lot of people who are really excited about the pony hop, because block party is about the whole family coming out and having fun together.”

The Block Party also will feature activities for the four-legged family members. Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor will host Bark on the Block, which will include a dog/owner look-a-like contest, best trick contest, best costume contest, best bark contest and best personality contest. The contests will begin at 4 p.m. Residents may register their dog by calling 815-899-3435, logging onto http://www.huckleberryspetparlor.com or visiting the pet parlor at  423 N. Main St. in Sycamore.

“It’s a great way to bring your whole family, including your pets, out for a fun day,” Yockey said.

Members of Fourth Times a Charm will take the stage at 5 p.m. The band includes Sycamore High School students.

“It’s really great for us, at Sycamore’s Block Party, to have a band that comes from Sycamore with Sycamore kids,” Yockey said.

As evening approaches, the Block Party will feature more activities for adults including a DJ who will play various types of music, 6-8 p.m.

“He’s going to play a lot of interactive music for everyone to get up and move to, and you don’t have to be a good dancer,” Yockey said.

Festivities conclude with Red Woody taking the stage at 8 p.m. Yockey said Red Woody performed at last year’s Block Party and attracted a good crowd.

“Red Woody does a lot of performances here in the area, and they have a definite group of fans that follow them everywhere,” Yockey said. “What’s great about Red Woody is they attract everyone from people who are in their teens to grandparents. They are a great bunch of guys to work with. They are a lot of fun, and they are fabulous.”

The Block Party also will feature food vendors and a beer garden. Yockey said she is pleased with the number of people who have attended the event during the past few years. She said the party attracts residents of all ages.

“It’s funny to see how it shifts, because from 3-7 p.m., it is families with their kids,” Yockey said. “Then just as they are heading out, we have a whole bunch of people coming in with the younger adults and the older adults who come to hear Red Woody and join the beer garden and hang out with their friends. It’s definitely a steady crowd throughout the whole day.”

This year’s Block Party is sponsored by The Daily Chronicle, Banner Up Signs, Castle Bank, Ken Spears Construction, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Le Print Express and the National Bank and Trust Company. Yockey said many volunteers help make the event a success.

“These great events would not be possible without our volunteers,” Yockey said. “They’re there from 2 p.m.-midnight, helping us set up and clean up. We have some amazing volunteers who come out and help us with all these events.”

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Discover Sycamore Block Party moved to Blumen Gardens

By KURT CUNNINGHAM – kcunningham@daily-chronicle.com

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SYCAMORE – Though the sun was hidden and there was a light rain, people still came out Saturday to attend the 10th annual Discover Sycamore Block Party.

The event began at 3 p.m. with a “Wild West” Kids’ parade from the Midwest Museum of Natural History through downtown Sycamore, followed by games and informational booths that were stationed at the intersection of Somonauk and Elm streets.

Jodi Sapita, of Sycamore, and her daughter Molly said they came to the event to take part in the bike parade. Molly’s pink bike was decorated as a horse and she was dressed as a cowgirl to fit the western theme.

Sapita said that she and her daughter had been playing all sorts of games and had a great time watching the dog show and even though it was raining, they weren’t going to let that ruin their day.

Others at the event agreed and said that a little rain couldn’t prevent them from having fun.

Haley Copen, of Sycamore, spent the afternoon with her dog, Toby. The 9-year-old and her dog entered the Sycamore’s Top Dog Competition, hosted by Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor.

“I have been talking about what my dog likes to do,” she said. “He likes when we take a jump rope in the backyard and try and keep it away from him.”

Copen’s younger sister, Sarah, 6, said she had a good time and was most excited about her dolphin ballon, even though she gave it to her dad to hold.

“We brought our granddaughter and grandson out,” said Rocco Asselta, from Pittsburg, Pa. “They are having a good time playing the games.”

“It’s a nice event for the kids,” he said. His grandson, Ryan Hein of Sycamore, couldn’t wait for the music to start because he was ready to dance, Rocco said.

The evenings events, which were to begin at 6 p.m. with the Block Party DJ followed by “Red Woody”  at 8 p.m., were moved in Blumen Gardens at 403 Edwards St.

But it wasn’t just residents who were having a good time: Vendors said they were seeing great turnouts.

“It’s wet and cold, but we have met a lot of nice people today,” Dr. Jon Polcyn of Olympic Chiropractic and Physical Therapy said. This is the second time that the company has been to the block party.

“Events like this are a great way for us to meet new people and help answer any questions they might have,” Polcyn said.

Tatum Glas, from Kishwaukee Community Hospital, was out promoting the hospital’s free Know Your Risks & Your Numbers clinic and said people were curious to learn more about them.

“I’ve talked with about 75 people today,” she said. “We’ve had a really great response and are happy with the turnout.”

Block Party sponsors this year were the Daily Chronicle, Banner Up Signs, Castle Bank, Ken Spears Construction, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Le Print Express and The National Bank & Trust Co.

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Discover Sycamore is getting ready for it’s biggest party of the year! The 10th annual Discover Sycamore Block Party will take place Saturday, September 18th from 3-11pm in Downtown Sycamore. Block Party provides fun for your entire family including a kid’s parade, kid’s games, huge inflatable attractions for kids and adults, a DJ, contests, prizes, food from local vendors, a beer garden, live music from Red Woody and more.

The day kicks off at 3pm with a ‘Wild West’ Kids parade from the Midwest Museum of Natural History, through downtown Sycamore, ending at the Block Party event in the parking lot on the Corner of Somonauk and Elm Street. All ages are welcome to ride through town in their Wild West gear. The best costume and best decorated bike will win a prize!

The Wild West fun continues from 3-6pm in the kid’s Area on the corner of Somonauk and Elm Street. There will be Free kid’s activities provided including games, bags, prizes and much more.  Magician Tim Glander will be on hand with his balloon animal friends. Parents, teens and younger children can all enjoy the challenge of the inflatable Pony Hop Derby and huge inflatable Rock Climbing Slide.

“The kid’s area always draws a huge crowd” said Discover Sycamore Director Megan Yockey, “We are very excited about the 2 new inflatable attractions  we have this year. The Pony Hop Derby allows 3 people to race at a time. It will be great to see people having fun with their family, friends and neighbors. That is what Block Party is all about.”

New to the Block Party this year is Bark On The Block- Sycamore’s Top Dog Competition hosted by Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor. Local dogs and their owners can participate in 5 different competitions- dog/owner look-a-like contest, best trick, best costume, best bark and best personality. Register your four-legged friends at huckleberryspetparlor.com or call (815)899-3435.

At 5pm the musical entertainment begins with “Fourth Times a Charm”, a local Sycamore band. At 6pm the Block Party DJ will keep the party going as families enjoy the food vendors and beer garden.

Then at 8:00pm get ready to get down with local favorite “Red Woody” as they rock the night away on the Miller Lite Party Stage. “Red Woody always draws a huge crowd” Said Yockey, “We are happy to have them back this year”.

Block Party is brought to you by The Daily Chronicle, Banner Up Signs, Castle Bank, Ken Spears Construction, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Le Print Express,  and the National Bank and Trust Company

For more information on Block Party visit www.DiscoverSycamore.com, visit us on Facebook and follow us on twitter!

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