Archbold was blessed with another successful Parade of Lights, Friday, Nov. 24, part of the village tradition to open the Christmas season.
Those who started the Festival of Lights 29 years ago, then later added the Parade of Lights, couldn’t have planned it any better.
Families from far and wide gather together for Thanksgiving. Taking in the Night of Lights festivities the next night provides an enjoyable, memorable, and beautiful activity for everyone, Youngsters, especially, will remember Archbold as a magical place.
The parade draws people from throughout Northwest Ohio for an evening of family-friendly fun.
This year the weather cooperated, providing temperatures in the mid- 40s without precipitation, which certainly was a factor in the large audience along the parade route.
Each year, there are things that can be adjusted or tweaked to make everything better. Organizers learn, critique, and evaluate the night. They work on ways to make it even better.
A number of volunteers help coordinate all the festivities. The activities don’t happen overnight. Amy Krueger, executive director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa McKeever, administrative assistant, couldn’t do it without the assistance of all the persons who get the parade units in order; who organize the Lite the Night 5K Run; who set up, tear down, and maintain the Festival of Lights; who set up barricades on the streets, and keep parade watchers safe; who entertain the crowd or provide tangible memories of meeting Santa; and so many others who perform unnamed tasks that have to be taken care of.
As Krueger said, it truly does take a village to put on an event of this magnitude.
And what a spectacular event it is.