Festival Ends on a Roll

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Byline: Jameel Naqvi jnaqvi@dailyherald.com

Elgin's Bicycles on Parade public art project rode to the finish line Sunday at the second annual Art and Soul on the Fox festival.

In the sweltering afternoon heat, Elgin City Councilman and professional auctioneer John Prigge auctioned off 10 bicycles decorated by Elgin community organizations.

Altogether, Elgin groups personalized 30 bikes that have been on display throughout the city and at the Gail Borden Public Library during the summer. More than 12,000 people cast their votes for the best bike. The top 10 vote-getters were featured in Sunday's live auction. The other 20 were bid on in a silent auction.

Auction proceeds benefited the Elgin Community Network, which awards grants for community improvement projects in the city.

Few of the bikes fetched more than $100, but Art and Soul coordinator Sigi Psimenos said it was more about promoting public art than fundraising.

"It's just a way for different community organizations to get involved in a fun art project and raise some money," she said.

Bikes were divided into two categories: ridable and unrideable. Among the entries in the former category was a "toy machine" bike studded with matchbox cars, green Army men and a rubber snake. …