Parade and Opening Ceremony


The 2016 Opening Ceremony and Parade is dedicated to the Special Olympics in the Fox Valley area.

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” That is the oath of the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968. This global organization that now has more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries.

The 2016 Sugar Grove Corn Boil is honored to be allowed to dedicate this year’s event to the Special Olympics.special


Through programming in sports, health, education, and community building. Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance, and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 22,000 athletes, more than 20,000 Young Athletes, 45,000 volunteers, and thousands more people statewide through 18 area programs in all 102 counties of the state.

Special Olympic team members and their families

will lead the 2016 Corn Boil Parade into Volunteer Park from the corner of Rt. 30 and Municipal Drive

at 5 p.m. kickoff time on Friday, July 29th,  2016!  They will also be joining us throughout the festival.

If you would like to learn more about this great organization, please visit their

website at