Put those smartphones to use at North Dundas Parade of Lights this Saturday

The North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee invites parade-goers to vote for their favourite float in an online Facebook poll, and to participate in a Facebook photo contest of the day's events.

WINCHESTER — Organizers of the North Dundas Parade of Lights have hitched their wagon to social media with a new photo contest and online poll this year.

Folks are encouraged to post pictures of themselves and family and friends (selfies included) onto the Parade of Lights Facebook page, as they enjoy the festivities on Parade Day. Each picture gets an entry in the draw. “It can be anything that is going on that day, from the Vendor and Trade Show, to Beavertails, any of our community suppers, warming up by the fire pit at Sweet Corner Park, the beautiful floats in the parade, etc.,” organizers advise.

Photo postings must be done no later than Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m., to be eligible. Winning prizes include: two passes to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto (expires July 31, 2017); two passes to Cosmic Adventures in Ottawa; a pass for up to two adults and three children to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa; and a pass for up to two adults and three children to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa.

All of the posted images may be used in future Parade of Lights promotional materials, and those photographers will be given credit for their handiwork.

And for the first time, parade spectators will choose a float as the first-ever winner of the new People’s Choice Award — again via social media. Watch the Parade of Lights Facebook page that night for an online poll and vote for your favourite float.

Parade entrants will also compete for the usual awards with traditional judging — Best Overall, Best Business float (sponsored by Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Funeral Home), Best Non Profit Float, Best Decorated Farm Equipment (sponsored in part by Precision Diesel) and Most Lights.

Approximately 35 floats are signed up to date, and more are always welcome, says committee member Sandy Burns. See the embedded entry form below, following the Nation Valley News spotlight page outlining the Dec. 3 events in Winchester.

Spotlight — North Dundas Parade of Lights 2016

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Click the “full screen” symbol (top right on the document) to download the parade entry form below.

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