Day: July 3, 2013

140. Veterans & Food Drive Float to Lead Barrington’s 4th of July Parade

 The Barrington 4th of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 4th.  The theme for this year’s parade is “America, Land of Hopes and Dreams – Homegrown in Barrington” and they’ve planned some exciting entertainment and highlights for this year’s parade.
But the very first float you’ll see in the parade this year, right behind area veterans leading the way, is the Barrington High School girls tennis team’s Food Drive truck. The team coach who helped start the drive and BHS grad Rebecca Peterson says, “If everyone from the community brought one non-perishable, non-expired food item to tomorrow’s parade, that would go a long way toward helping families seeking food assistance in the Barrington area.”
This will be the fourth year that the parade committee has built the food drive into Barrington’s parade and the second year in a row with that drive sponsored by Heinen’s Fine Foods.  Associates from Heinen’s along with the BHS girls tennis team will be pushing shopping carts to collect non-perishable food donations brought by parade-goers along the route.  Last year, they collected 3,000 pounds of food and all donations are delivered to the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries immediately following the parade.
Over 75 groups will be participating in this year’s parade, including businesses, civic organizations, students, veterans and more.  The parade starts at Barrington High School, heads east on Main Street and ends at the Barrington 4th Festival grounds at the north Metra commuter lot downtown.
The parade committee’s marketing director, Kristin Leese, says they chose to add the words “Homegrown in Barrington” to put the focus back on Barrington……

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