In spite of cold temperatures and biting winds, the 14th annual Archbold Parade of Lights brought out a good crowd, Friday, Nov. 23, said Julie Brink, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The crowd downtown was great, when you consider the weather,” she said.
“It didn’t fill up until right before the parade.”
The Archbold Wastewater Treatment plant recorded a high temperature of 43 degrees and a low of 30 degrees on Friday.
A total of 46 floats were in the parade.
Some were more ornate than usual, she said.
Brink mentioned the new entry from Lange Custom Builders featuring large woodworking tools.
“Sauder Village had a pretty float,” she said. “They hadn’t been in the parade in a while.
“And having the (Archbold) school bus back in the parade was great.”
She noted Wayne Newman, Archbold, has entered his decorated tractors every year. Kris Warner’s kindergarten students have been in the parade every year except the first year.
“And the (American) Legion (color guard) leads us every year,” Brink said.
Children had a chance to visit and have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus (portrayed by Billy and Barb Hug, Archbold) at the Ruihley Park Pavilion after the parade. Brink said 100 pictures were taken.
Many people drove through the Festival of Lights in Ruihley Park following the parade.
“I felt like it went off without a hitch.”