The December 2015 edition of Gente di Gaggio features an article on Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.  Published in Italian, the article can be viewed here.


Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Book ($35) is available for purchase in the Village Clerk’s office during regular business hours.  The 127-page book is a yearbook-size, hard-bound book and published in full color.  Each book can be mailed in a padded envelope for an additional charge which includes insurance and tracking.  Proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit the Ladd Daze fireworks display in July.  For more information, call (815) 894-2440.


An $840 donation has been made to Heifer International from the collection taken during the Sunday Catholic Mass on Main.  Additional information on the donation can be viewed here.


125 balloons were released during the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, July 9th.  The $125.00 prize to the finder of the balloon that had traveled the farthest went to a Milan, Michigan family.

50/50 RAFFLE

The 50/50 winner of $2,306.50 is Rich Fiocchi.


125th DVD – Ladd’s 125th DVD is a 2-disc set in a plastic case with a price of $20/set.  One DVD contains a video of the entire Grand Parade and the other is a still photo montage of the four day Celebration set to music.  Some of the music used in the DVD was provided by Selby Street.  The DVD order form can be found here.  Mail-in orders may be sent to: Village Clerk, PO Box 305, Ladd IL  61329.  Add $5.95 postage to your order (two sets can be shipped per box).  The Grand Parade lineup can be viewed here.

Commemorative Book – Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Book ($35) is available for sale in the Village Clerk’s office.  See “COMMEMORATIVE BOOK” above for details.

50th & 75th Anniversary DVD – A limited number of copies of the “Ladd – 1940 & 1965” DVD ($20) are still available in the Village Clerk’s office.  The DVD briefly features the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1940. The entire 75th Anniversary parade, the 75th committee, and the Main Street businesses and proprietors in 1965 are also included.  The 75th Anniversary Parade lineup can be found here.  Footage was transferred from John Bussa’s 8mm film to DVD.  All proceeds from the DVD sales benefited Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.


At the final meeting following Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, the committee approved donations to the following Ladd organizations:  Ladd School Foundation – $2,015; Ladd Fire Department – $1,500; Ladd Public Library – $1,000; Ladd Parks & Recreation – $1,000; Ladd Community Center – $1,000; and a $10,369 reimbursement to the Village of Ladd for expenses incurred.  Funds were set aside for the publication of the 125th Commemorative Book and for a future fireworks display.  The committee also invested $2,015 for Ladd’s 150th Anniversary Celebration to be held in 2040.



Laddopoly, the game about Ladd, was an overwhelming success and sold out prior to the celebration.  Thank you to the families and businesses who purchased the game tokens and properties on the board and to everyone who supported this project by purchasing a game.  Proceeds from the sale of Laddopoly benefited Ladd’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.


To create the best possible four day celebration for the Village of Ladd while allowing businesses and clubs to have financial success.