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Former McHenry teacher, historical preservationist picked as parade marshal

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:59 p.m. CDT
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Pat Wirtz has been named this year's Fiesta Days parade Marshal.

McHENRY – A retired McHenry East High School special education teacher and current chairman of the McHenry Landmark Commission will be this year's Fiesta Days parade marshal.

Pat Wirtz is a lifelong resident of McHenry, and over the years, he has been involved in historical preservation and McHenry sports.

He is an active volunteer in the "Spirit of '45" annual World War II tribute, vice president of the McHenry Area Historical Society, and was actively involved in forming a preservation foundation for the historic Petersen Farm.

He also is a volunteer sports announcer for softball and basketball leagues, and was instrumental in starting the Athletic Hall of Fame for McHenry High School District 156.

Wirtz lives with his wife of 43 years, Ann, in their McHenry home. They have a daughter, Heather, who is 42.

The Fiesta Days committee decided to honor Wirtz for his volunteerism with its 2014 Parade Marshal Award. Wirtz will be recognized by the city of McHenry and the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. ceremony July 17 at Veterans Memorial Park, ahead of the weekly summer concert.

The Scotch Lads band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Bob "Beef" Freund Bandshell. A farmers market also will be held at 4 p.m.

Fiesta Days begins July 11 and wraps up with the parade July 20. The theme of this year's parade is "British Invasion."

It will start at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street, heading up Green Street and following Pearl Street, Riverside Drive and Washington Street. Entertainment will follow at the gazebo at Veteran's Memorial Park.

For more information

More information, including a schedule of events, can be found at the Fiesta Days' website,

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