Thank you, from the North Dundas Parade of Lights

The Editor:

Greg's Quality Meats float was judged the 'People's Choice' winner in the 2016 North Dundas Parade of Lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Greg’s Quality Meats’ float was judged the ‘People’s Choice’ winner in the 2016 North Dundas Parade of Lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Guy Fuels' float, featuring Elvis, was judged tops in this year's Parade of Lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Guy Fuels’ float, featuring Elvis, was judged tops in this year’s Parade of Lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The tail end of D's Collision float, awarded for most lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The tail end of D’s Collision float, awarded for most lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Best non-profit parade entry was this one from South Gate Church in Kemptville. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Best non-profit parade entry was this one from South Gate Church in Kemptville. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The best decorated farm equipment entry by Reis Equipment. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The best decorated farm equipment entry by Reis Equipment. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

On behalf of the North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who helped make this year’s event one of the best ones yet. It takes months to plan this event, but it takes you—both parade participants and spectators alike—to make it a success.

First off, thanks to all the businesses and community organizations who participated in the Vendor and Trade Show and in the parade. Thanks to Shawn Brownlee for doing a great job of announcing the parade from the main corner. As always, we are grateful to the community organizations and businesses who offer dinners on parade day, the Legion for hosting its annual after party, and the North Dundas Night at the Movies for hosting a movie following the parade. Thank you also to the volunteers who lend a hand on parade day. Whether you’re walking the parade route or organizing floats at the township building, your time and effort is appreciated.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our sponsors, and for them we are truly thankful.

We are always amazed at the effort and creativity that goes into the floats every year, and choosing winners for our float categories is never an easy job. The addition of this year’s People’s Choice award garnered approximately 150 votes on the parade’s Facebook page, which exceeded our expectations.

Here are this year’s float category winners:

Best Overall: Guy Fuels — Elvis (Runner up: Greg’s Quality Meats)

Best Business: Smirlholm Farms — Grinch (Runner up: Chickadilly Studios)

Best Non-Profit: South Gate Church — Christmas in Kemptville (Runner up: Morewood RA)

Most Lights: D’s Collision (Runner up: 97.5 Juice FM)

Best Decorated Farm Equipment: Reis Equipment (Runner up: Weagant’s Farm Supplies)

People’s Choice: Greg’s Quality Meats (Runner up: Chickadilly Studios)

Float winners will each get a gift basket with gifts from local businesses.

The tail end of D's Collision float, awarded for most lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The tail end of D’s Collision float, awarded for most lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

We also held a photo contest on Facebook this year. Draw winners are:

Rhonda St. Pierre-Mark, who won two passes to Cosmic Adventures in Ottawa; J. Lynne Oliver, who won a pass for up to two adults and three children to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, as well as two passes to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto; and Amy Sanders Michaud, who won a pass for up to two adults and three children to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Congratulations to all our winners.

I am proud to serve on a committee of such dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Antonella Holmes and Martha Link-Horvath, parade day would not be what it is without you. Thank you both for the time and energy you have spent over the past couple of months to make this happen.

Of course, what’s a Santa Claus parade without the jolly old elf himself? Thank you, Santa, for taking time from your busy schedule to take part in our event.

Smirleholm Farms

Smirlholm Farms’ entry — judged best business float. Zandbergen photo Nation Valley News

And last but not least, thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Vendor and Trade Fair and the 20th Annual North Dundas Parade of Lights. You’re the reason we do this. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

Merry Christmas!

Sandy Burns

Chair and Treasurer, North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 


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