A  promotional video released by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) recapping the most recent "Stroll on State" shows Rockford in a really beautiful light.

I was pretty bummed-out when scheduling conflicts along with a bout of the flu kept my family and me from attending Stroll on State in 2017. It's an event that we look forward to every year--and, looking at the numbers, so do many of you.

My partner Joe Dredge ran down some of the numbers for Stroll on State:

  • 7,278 guests utilized park and ride shuttles
  • 4,200 children visited Santa Claus
  • 3,242 s'mores were eaten
  • 1,889 people volunteered
  • 954 people ran or walked in the Dasher 5K
  • 794 letters written to Santa noting their Christmas wishes
  • 137 rehersal hours for The Studio's performance of James and The Giant Peach
  • 38 characters, 13 floats, 11 drummers and 2 large-scale balloons were in the parade
  • 82,500 people, a 10 percent increase over the 2016 total

If you missed it, or even if you were there and want to see a different perspective on the day's activities, this video gives you a great look. And, Rockford looks fantastic in it, too: