Every year, the Founders' Days Festival committee chooses two individuals or organizations that have dedicated their time and efforts to the festival or the Algonquin area. Those chosen are honored in the opening ceremonies, dignitaries brunch on Saturday, and in the parade, as well as serving as judges for certain events. The 2010 selections are:
Founders' Favorite, American Legion Post 1231
Composed of two Legion organization, the Algonquin Legion Post 670 and the Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231, the post has been selected as the Founders' Favorite for its continuing support and aid in the annual carnival for over 15 years. Although the post does not actually man the many rides, fair President Kevin Myers said members have been instrumental in the carnival for special needs children, including handing out juice and snacks during the two-hour event.
"Not only have they been such a blessing to our festival, but they are instrumental in their presence throughout the Algonquin area. They do many, many good things for the area, which is what the award is all about," he said.
Founders' Honoree, Sue Bazdor
Sue Bazdor and her family moved to the Algonquin area in 1999, after selecting the village as their vacation spot for many years. Shortly after her arrival, she and her family came across the festival's fireworks display and, wondering what it meant, soon found herself dedicated to the Mr. and Miss Founders pageant for the fair.
"At first, it was just a couple hours here and there, but it was so much fun being there in the community, and so my time commitment continued to grow and grow," she said.
The festival honors Bazdor due to her extensive commitments to the surrounding community. In addition to her service for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees, Bazdor has been active in several organizations throughout the village, including the Brunswick Zone Algonquin, Parent Teacher League, Mom2Mom, and both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.