Lights Parade Planning Started; Festival Setup Is This Saturday
Nanette Buehrer, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said on Monday that entries for the annual Parade of Lights are streaming in.
So far, she said more than 15 registrations have been received for the parade, which steps off at 6:30 pm, Friday night, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.
The deadline for parade entries is Friday, Nov. 21, but the AACC staff wants them in early.
"Sooner is better. We need to get the parade lineup established as soon as possible."
A parade committee meeting will be held Thursday, to make sure all of the organizations involved will be ready to go.
The parade route is unchanged. It starts out by heading west on Walnut Street, turns right onto North Defiance Street, and continues south across the Norfolk Southern tracks to the Lugbill Road intersection.
Following local tradition, the parade begins the 2008 Festival of Lights in Ruihley Park.
The festival features lighted Christmas displays the length and breadth of the park.
Buehrer said this year, displays are being placed so people driving along the streets that border the park on the north and south, Walnut Street and West Holland Street, can get a better view.
"The displays will be spread out, to give a different look," she said.
While there are no new displays, Buehrer said the chamber has ordered some LEDs, or light-emitting diode lights, for some of the smaller displays.
"They are promised to be brighter, last longer, and use less electricity," she said.
Festival of Lights setup is Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 am.
Buehrer, who took over the AACC director post earlier this year, said because of her inexperience with the festival, she's relying heavily on Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks and Recreation director, and Troy Double, parks and recreation maintenance employee.
"We're all a team. They've really stepped up," she said.
The first year of the Archbold Festival of Lights was 1988. This is the 20th year.
The first year of the Parade of Lights was 1998. This is the 10th year for the parade.