Rockford River Days festival 2017

No candy? A high five will do
Rockford Rockets mascot, Rockee, gives Maddy Johnson a high five during the River Days grand parade, while mom, Chelsey Johnson, looks on. More photos of Rockford River Days festivities can be found in this paper. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Ehlers) Parade-goer Marshall Manz changes the game in parade candy retrieval with his mom Krissy Manz on the right and Brenda Jordan left. Can someone get this kid a slot on Shark Tank? (Photo by Bill Nord) What’s a parade without the mad scramble for candy? Kids hit the curb to fill their bags with treats. (Photo by Bill Nord)
The crowning moment: Junior and Senior candidates react to being chosen for the Rockford Ambassador Court. (Photo courtesy of the Rockford Ambassador Program) The brass section of the Rockford High School Marching Band stays in tune and in step for their performance in the parade. (Photo by Bill Nord) Make way for the Grand Marshal! Annette Tryon rides in style with husband Chuck Tryon at the wheel to kick off the Rockford Grand Parade. (Photo by Bill Nord) Scouts alert the crowd to the oncoming Color Guard. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Rockford ambassador candidates greet the crowd at the grand parade, escorted by Christa and Scott Larson. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Ehlers) Floats from Sunday’s Grand Parade wind along the route. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Don’t clear your cards! Tables of fest-goers hang out in the Rockford Area Historical Society’s bingo tent as hosts Dustin Bardon and Peter Grimm call numbers and guard the prizes. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Ehlers) The Marching Rockets are all smiles as they represent at their hometown parade. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Ehlers)
Rockford’s 2017-18 Ambassador Court: back row left to right, Senior McKenzie Raymond, Senior Taylor Tody, Senior Anna Stecker; front row Junior Sarah Bosma and Junior Rachel Buker. (Photo courtesy of the Rockford Ambassador Program) The Rockford cheer team pumps up the crowd. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Ehlers)
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No candy? A high five will do Rockford Rockets mascot, Rockee, gives Maddy Johnson a high five during the River Days grand parade, while mom, Chelsey Johnson, looks on. More photos of Rockford River Days festivities can be found in this paper. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Ehlers)