There are 45 entries in this year’s Parade of Lights as of Monday, Nov. 19, but Mari Yoder, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said she’s sure the number will hit 50.
“I always get five or 10 entries the last week. Always,” she said.
“We have our people who are in the parade year in and year out. This year, some of them might be taking a year off, but we have plenty of new ones to fill in.
“We have horses, bicycles, motorcycles, floats, trucks, fire trucks.
“Sauder Woodworking is entering two units this year. We got a call from The Farmers & Merchants State Bank; they’re getting theirs around. Life Flight is coming.
“We’ve got some from out of town- Napoleon, Bryan, and Montpelier,” she said.
This year, the Archbold High School show choir, “The Company,” will carol in the downtown historic area starting at 5:30 pm. They will perform until the start of the parade at 6:30 pm.
The Archbold High School Blue Streak marching band also will perform in the parade.
At 6:30 pm, the parade steps out from the intersection of Walnut and Ditto streets, advances to North Defiance Street, and turns south. The parade will
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In the past, crowds have lined the streets from one end of the parade route to the other. Again this year, Christy Motors is making its showroom available to people with health issues who cannot view the parade from outdoors.
Yoder said Thom Ross, assistant Archbold Police chief, has been coordinating all parade volunteers and arranging traffic control.
Ross has been in contact with Norfolk Southern about holding trains while the parade is in progress, “but there are no guarantees,” Yoder said.