Kenwood Parade proves a big crowd pleaser
Over a thousand local residents and families, some from Santa Rosa and even Sonoma, gathered on a foggy Wednesday morning to enjoy one of the shortest, sweetest 4th of July parades in the county.
The day kicked off at 7:30 a.m. with two footraces hosted by Empire Runners – one of the most popular running events of the year. Kenwood Community Church hosted their annual pancake breakfast in the church’s beautiful garden, and the Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary Club sponsored their post-parade Shindig with live music and great food until the mid-afternoon.
The parade started with the Honor Guard from the Two Rock Coast Guard Training Center along with Sonoma Valley’s new Girl Scout Troop 10282 presenting the U.S. and California flags, while Aidan Eljumaily sang an inspired rendition of our national anthem. They were followed by Grand Marshal Daren Bellach, Kenwood’s fire chief, personifying this year’s salute to the first responders who worked so hard to save our lives and properties during last year’s wildfires.
Over 50 separate entries followed the Grand Marshal, presenting their kids, groups, cars, antique cars and fire engines and more to the reviewing stand for the judges – Renate Amantite, Rev. Doyle Dietz Allen, Karla Schloemp, Carol Cagle, and Robin Kallman – to award category winners:
- Best Of Show: Keith and Stacey Kunde, “Pillowfights”
- Most Creative: Richard and Kay Hosmer’s “Barclay” tribute
- Most Patriotic: Scott Lane and his friends on mini bikes, compact tractor with a trailer, and a go-cart
- Best Community Spirit: The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen and Kenwood with Radar band
- Best Antique Car: Jan Ewertz/1929 Speedster named Hoot, Sonoma Chapter, Model A Ford Club of America
Emcee Richard Gulson’s wonderful British elocution provided the running commentary.
Stacey and Keith Kunde’s Dirt Farmer provided the reviewing stand, placed by Dan Elliot (who made an extra trip from Petaluma to help). Steve Rose and Sonoma Chevrolet provided the convertibles for the Parade Marshal and for King and Queen Lucas Schloemp and Brigid Ahern.
A big shout out to Max Kruzic, Aidan Eljumaily and AAction Rents for donating a boom lift and putting up the Warm Springs Road event banner this year. Jon Reiter’s Fine Home Building provided the trophies, and EBA Engineering provided many services, including printing and administrative work. Sonoma County Regional Parks did a great job of cleaning and grooming the park for the event, as always.
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