Round Lake Heights 19th Annual Festival Parade

The Round Lake Heights Annual Festival Parade is now in the history books thanks to RLH police Chief John Roehlk who salvaged it from the village board’s trash heap. This became their 19th annual parade and was the biggest and best one they have had in years.

Parade organizer, Round Lake Heights Police Chief John Roehlk
Parade organizer, Round Lake Heights Police Chief John Roehlk

With the parade route winding through neighborhood streets, rather than on a busy road, it allowed local residents to sit in their front yards with friends and family or walk to the parade route. So many parades lately are silent so hearing all of the sirens once again made it seem more like an ‘old fashioned” parade. There were plenty of participants and the streets were lined with families enjoying the cool breeze as the parade passed by.

There was a car show with several of the cars in the parade (overheating is a problem for many custom cars when doing a lot of idling). One of the entrants was local resident, Betty Peleska, who was driving a 1951 English Anglia complete with a big 350 Chevy engine stuffed under the hood, that she and her husband built. There is a side view in the attached video that shows the hood off over the motor along with many of the other entrants.

Betty Peleska with her "No Regrets" 1951 English built Anglia, but modified by her and her husband
Betty Peleska with her "No Regrets" 1951 English built Anglia, but modified by her and her husband

Our local radio station, WRLR-FM 98.3 was doing a live broadcast at the festival which included many “on-air” interviews including McGruff the Crime Dog, our 2012 Pageant Queens, Ranger Terry Kaminski with his K9 dog, Nadja, and many others.

The 2012 Round Lake Area Pageant Queens were interviewed on the air after riding in the parade
The 2012 Round Lake Area Pageant Queens were interviewed on the air after riding in the parade

There are a whole lot more photos in the video below. On behalf of Chief Roehlk, our thanks go out to all who participated and made this such a wonderful event for the local residents.

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I had to leave before the three bands started playing as well as the fireworks display or I would have included portions of those in the video as well.

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