I had the opportunity to attend the Elgin Back to School BBQ Bash. I have several connections to local community service organizations and the school board, so it seemed like a fun opportunity to attend with my toddler. The second annual Back to School BBQ Bash took place at Wing Park in Elgin. Over 1,000 Elgin students received backpacks. The event had free food, entertainment, games, face-painting, free hair cuts and backpacks filled with school supplies.
It was the perfect family fun event. Parking is plentiful but be prepared to walk up or down a steep hill. I got my workout in going uphill with a stroller. There was ample seating and picnic tables but bringing our own lawn chairs was perfect we spread out a blanket and my toddler had plenty of room to run around.
The free food included fried fish, roasted pig, pulled pork sandwiches, and egg rolls. Food was donated by Delicia Tropical Café in Elgin and Food for Friends. The food lines were a little long waiting for the fried fish, but well worth it. A special treat was the Elgin Police Department giving out Italian ice.
Entertainment included the Funk Brotherz, the Second Baptist Choir of Elgin, Ballet Forklorico and numerous cultural dancers and performers. The local talent is something for Elgin to be proud of. The bounce house, arts & crafts, and face painting were big hits with the little ones.
Numerous community organizations and local business had tents to share information.
Organized by Elgin Councilman Corey Dixon and The Alanza James Foundation For Youth. Volunteers were coordinated through Together We Are Elgin. Student volunteers were able to earn community services hours. The volunteers were great from assisting with parking to passing out food and making sure everything ran smoothly.
The Elgin Back to School BBQ Bash is a great community event and every year it grows. It drew a diverse crowd that truly reflected the best of Elgin. Kudos to all the organizers and volunteers. I look forward to coming again next year.