Stroll On State 2019

‘Tis the season to be jolly… falalalala-lala-la-la

Santa on State Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois.
Santa on State Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

It’s that time of the year again when everything becomes so festive. For the city of Rockford, Illinois, an annual event called Stroll on State officially kicks off the winter holiday season. The event started several years ago as a way to bring the community together and help out small businesses in the downtown district. It is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and well sometimes the weather can be a bit too much here in northern Illinois during that time.

Rockford Fire Department participated in the parade.
Rockford Fire Department participated in the parade.

While last year’s attendance set a new record, at almost 80,000 attendees, this year was not that even close to that. The rain had to have been a huge factor and the low temperatures didn’t help either. Nonetheless, KB Digital was there to capture some amazing shots of the parade. We had a blast seeing all the different floats and just enjoying all the holiday spirit from the community.

Frosty and Rudolph wave at the crowd.
Frosty and Rudolph wave at the crowd.

We love the Stroll On State tradition and try to attend every year, and this year was no exception. Due to prior scheduled plans, we couldn’t stay too long and didn’t get to enjoy the tree lighting later that afternoon. However, we did hurry back to the studio to process all the pictures and start uploading them. Out of about 150 pictures, we selected 46 to upload on our website so we hope you enjoy them. They are also uploaded onto our Facebook page so feel free to tag family and friends if you spot them in the gallery.

PS. Only thing we regret not doing is picking up some of the candy because we sure do have a sweet tooth.

Fall For Rockford 2019

And just like that we wrap up another year, the second annual to be exact, of Fall For Rockford.

Muscadine Bloodline performs at Fall For Rockford 2019.
Muscadine Bloodline performs at Fall For Rockford 2019.

Okay so maybe it wasn’t the best weather and that drastically affected the number of people who came out but we still think it was fun. However, the low attendance did give us a challenge when it came to getting some good shots. Obviously, as a photographer/videographer, you want to make it look like there was a huge crowd to portray the event as a fun one. So what did we do? Well we’re still working on the video so you’ll have to come back to see that in a few days, but as you’ll see in the pictures, we played with the angles and compressed a lot of them

Faren Rachels on stage at Fall For Rockford 2019.
Faren Rachels on stage at Fall For Rockford 2019.

Not only did the rain scare away the huge audience, but it made shooting footage almost impossible at times. We spent a lot of time on stage with the band, getting side shots and close-ups. By the way, these types of shots look much looker with a huge crowd in front of the band (see last years pictures). However, we didn’t want our pictures to all be from the same few angles. So we ended up running out into the rain to get some shots from the front with the crowd in the forefront of the composition, and then running back and wiping our camera and lens. Now this is risky, we could’ve easily damaged our gear but we took the risk to the deliver quality photo and video to our client, the River District Association.

Scruffy Pearls lead singer at Fall For Rockford 2019.
Scruffy Pearls lead singer at Fall For Rockford 2019.

All in all, we had fun shooting the event and think we got some amazing footage. Again, we thank the RDA for trusting us to capture their event and deliver quality work. Also, we’d like to congratulate all the bands for amazing performances and for being so cool to share the stage with. Find them online and listen to their music. And last but not least, make sure to check out the full gallery of pictures on our photos page.

2019 Tough Mudder in Rockford, IL

The weather could not have been better for the 2019 Tough Mudder Chicago obstacle course race in Rockford, IL.

2019 Tough Mudder by KB Digital

KB Digital was there as thousands of people took part in the annual race. (See our pictures from 2017) Lots of muddy faces walked and ran the course through 20+ obstacles to make it to the finish line and receive that orange headband that says I DID IT. Some obstacles were quit a tough and some of course were fun. The electric strings were quite silly to watch, pun intended. However, our favorite is always Everest, that big rounded wall that you have to run up to the top.

Man hangs by his shirt at the Everest 2.0 obstacle at Tough Mudder Chicago.

We did not make it to too many obstacles as, well, it was quite a journey and we were not going to drag our cameras around for miles. We did enjoy the dance party though, and some of the dancers seem like they forgot that they came for an obstacle course and not the beats. For next year, we do wish more signs are posted around the airport to better direct traffic. Check out or photos page for the full photo gallery of the event.

KB Digital hired as official media for Fall For Rockford 2019

KB Digital hired as official media of the Fall For Rockford festival for second year in a row.
KB Digital and Fall For Rockford logos.

It’s official – for the second year in a row, KB Digital will be the official photo and video service for the Fall For Rockford festival in downtown Rockford.

Over 5,500 people attended the inaugural music festival in the forest city and this year that number is expected to be surpassed by quit a bit. Last year’s event was a huge success especially being something new to the area since the On The Waterfront festival discontinued back in 2019. The event is hosted by the River District Association of Rockford, which helps promote businesses and lifestyle within the downtown district.

KB Digital was there last year for the first ever Fall For Rockford to capture all the fun moments. Our end product was over 50 high-quality pictures and a couple different videos, including a 30-second teaser and a 2-minute showcase of the event. We are honored to be hired by the RDA again for the second year in a row to cover this fun fall festival and we’ll push ourselves to deliver an even better product this year. This year we plan to incorporate something new and different into our footage, which we believe will add just enough flare to the content.

We would like to thank the RDA and last year’s artists Adam Doleac , Julia Cole and Jay Allen for working with us and the amazing shout outs to Rockford, Illinois. For pictures from last year and additional information, please visit the links below. We can’t wait to kick-off FFR 2019!