Julie Brink, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said there were 48 entries in the 2011 Parade of Lights, Friday night, Nov. 25.
That’s down four from last year. Previously, the lowest number was 50.
Brink had reports that there was a nice crowd both in the downtown historic district and other parts of the parade route.
Weather was relatively balmy compared to 22 degrees with a biting wind last year. Friday’s high temperature was 64 degrees.
“We were very, very fortunate,” she said. Street Lights
One difference from previous years was the downtown street lights remained on.
The lights were left on because of liability concerns.
“There were complaints last year that people couldn’t see the curbs,” and could trip over them, she said.
Brink said the parade started at a fast pace, but then slowed down with some gaps.
“People walking alongside the floats had trouble keeping up.” Santa Visit
Brink said Santa’s visit to Ruihley Park Pavilion was popular. A big crowd was on hand.
There was a steady stream of traffic through the Festival of Lights in Ruihley Park.
“It was a good kickoff to the holidays,” she said.