Sycamore block party beats dreary weather


Magician and Balloon Sculpter Tim Glander, of Whitewater, Wisconsin hands an alien balloon to Austin Allen as his father Mike Allen and Heather Romon watch on during the Sycamore Block Party Saturday.

By Chris Krapek

The 10th annual Discover Sycamore block party went on this weekend as planned.

Despite dreary weather, which cancelled some early activities for kids, the intersection of Somonauk and Elm was full with brave and bundled-up families Saturday afternoon.

Kids were treated to a mini-bouncy house and a cowboy who did rope tricks. Nearly every one of them was holding a balloon. Families played bags and games while adults got information from Kishwuakee Community Hospital or the DeKalb County Liners baseball team. Down the street, tents were set up from Culver’s, 1200 DeKalb Ave., and Sweet Dreams Desserts, 1969 DeKalb Ave. #B.

The big event of the afternoon was “Bark on the Block.” About 15 dogs participated in the contest put on by Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor, 423 N. Main St. #2. Dogs were judged on categories such as best trick, best bark and best costume. Some wore tuxedos. Some wore cowboy gear.

Although there was a drizzle coming down during the event, Huckleberry’s owner Jenny Kingren was happy with the amount of dog lovers who came out.

“The people who pre-registered did show up today,” she said. “I do think overall there’s still quite a few people here. I think [the weather] may have slowed a few people down, but overall I’m pleased with the turnout.”

Mark Espy, of Sycamore, entered his dog Banelli into the contest because he felt he needed to get out of the house. And because he taught his dog to do a cool trick.

“Banelli does a lot of service work for me at home because I have a tendency to be a couch potato,” he said. “So she’ll bring me the newspaper, the remote control, slippers — she’ll bring me anything I ask her.”

Espy and Banelli picked up the prize for best trick and were awarded with a bucket of dog treats, bones and more.

According to Discover Sycamore’s Twitter account, the block party moved to Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., early last night. Scheduled to perform was an in-house DJ and cover band Red Woody.