Bates: Fiesta Days activities continue in McHenry

This week is my favorite part of Fiesta Days. Much of the activity is centered in Veterans Memorial Park.

Tonight and tomorrow are two parks and recreation activities: the River Run starts at 5:45 today, and the Open Track Meet for children 7 to 14 is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Riverview Theatre presents Shakespeare’s "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at 7 p.m.

Fiesta Days Parade Marshal Dennis Conway will be honored at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Concert in the Park.

The Children’s Ice Cream Social starts at 3 p.m. Friday. A hand stamp for $5 entitles each child to unlimited games, inflatables, one ice cream cone and entertainment.

Arts and Crafts in the Park opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Entertainment will be provided by the Riverview Theatre.

Family Faith Nite will be held Saturday in Petersen Park. At 7 p.m. Bebo Norman will share his familiar Dove Award-winning songs..He will be preceded by Blacksmith Project and a free Kids Fest featuring inflatables, face painting, games and prizes.

Across town on Saturday, the chamber brings back the Drum and Bugle Corps Show at McHenry High School's West Campus. Tickets are $10.The show starts at 7 p.m.

The Fiesta Days Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. There is still time to register for the parade, a free booth at the kid’s Ice cream social and a free both at Family Faith Nite.

Also, be sure to register for Steffan’s Jewelers' drawings for a diamond pendant. Visit

Other giveaways this weekend include Meijer’s $5 off coupons and Home State Bank's red applies for teachers given away during the parade.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Gary Lang Auto Group, Grand Festival sponsor; Meijer, Premier Parade sponsor; Illinois State Bank, Ice Cream Social sponsor; McHenry Harley-Davidson, Tesla presenting sponsor; Charles Herdrich, McHenry Bank and Trust, Northwest Herald and Steffan's Jewelers, Gold Festival sponsors; Home State Bank, First National Bank, WIIL Rock, STAR 105.5 and Y103.9, Worldwide Traveler and Meyer Material, Silver Entertainment sponsors; Chiro One Wellness Centers, Sunday Sports sponsor; BMO Harris Bank, Drum and Bugle Corps sponsor; First Midwest Bank, Arts and Crafts in the Park sponsor; McHenry Harley-Davidson, Rock N. Rev Show sponsor; Mercy Health System, KLOVE Radio and Moody Radio 90.1 FM, Family Faith Nite sponsors; Twisted Moose, Beverage Tent sponsor; Rex Auto Body, Northern Illinois Street Rod Association Show sponsor; Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Designated Driver Booth sponsor; River Place Luxury Residences, Concert in the Park sponsor; Affinia, Shakespeare Night sponsor; Affinia, Fabrik Molded Plastics, Centegra and Medela, Parade sponsors; Sears Appliance Outlet, Family Faith Nite friend sponsor; and Metalmaster Roofmaster and Verlo Mattress, Flame Keeper sponsors.

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Ladies be sure to sign up for WINGs “Dancing Around Your Financials Luncheon" on July 25. Vicki Nelsen, investment adviser with ING Financial Partners and partner at McHenry Financial, will discuss retirement challenges that women face and how to prepare for a great future. Cost is $28.

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Next mixer is July 31 at Rave Waves. This is a joint mixer with Fox Lake Chamber.

• Kay Rial Bates is the president and chief executive officer of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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