|The Barbershoppers float|
We’ve been looking at what happened in Naperville 50 years ago in 1966. Yet another great local tradition that started in that year was summer’s Last Fling celebration.
Rick Motta, who owned a barbershop and was involved with the Chamber of Commerce, led the Chamber in organizing a community-wide parade and party, inspired by the movie “Picnic.”
After a parade complete with floats, they held a picnic with a few carnival-type activities in the parking lot at Centennial Beach.
Motta headed the Chamber’s Last Fling committee for six years and helped the event grow into a four-day-long festival.
The Chamber of Commerce passed the organization of the Last Fling on to the Jaycees in 1981 and they have been throwing Naperville’s end-of-summer party ever since.
|The Lions Club Float|
Rick Motta still runs a barbershop in town and is still a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was chosen to be the Grand Marshall of the 2015 Labor Day Parade in honor of his earlier service.
Last Fling 2016 will be held from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5. This year’s Labor Day parade starts at 10:00am on September 2.
The Grand Marshall chosen for 2016 is the Naperville Park District, which is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.
While the Fling has grown into a huge event, there are still many home-town activities to enjoy such as the Diaper Derby and the Spaghetti-eating contest. Check out their website for details and enjoy summer’s Last Fling!
|Bev Frier accepts 1967 trophy for the Fabric Inn float from Rick Motta.|