Float winners declared for 2017 N. Dundas Parade of Lights as organizers express thanks

Joel Fawcett lights the dragon's breath in this year's best float in the North Dundas Parade of Lights, 2017. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Chickadilly Studios/Top Notch Tree Service entry judged best overall

The Editor:

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 parade day 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 & 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 and refreshments on parade day and those who opened their doors and parking lots to spectators during the parade, 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 lent 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. As well, we extend a sincere thank you to Wubs Transit for providing a courtesy shuttle bus from the Foodland parking lot to the Township building prior to the parade for our parade participants.

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 this year was no exception. Choosing winners for our float categories is never an easy task, and it’s one our planning committee takes seriously. Floats are judged on creativity,
originality, effort and detail, and how well decorated the tow vehicle is, if applicable.

Here are this year’s float category winners:

Best Overall: Chickadilly Studios/Top Notch Tree Service (fire-breathing dragon)
Honourable Mention: Southgate Chuch
Best Business Float: Whitetail Construction
Honourable Mention: Swank Construction
Best Non-Profit Float: Southgate Church
Honourable Mention: Tied between 1st Winchester Scouting Group and the Winchester
Skating Club
Most Lights: NDDHS Senior Concert Band
Honourable Mention: Whitetail Construction
Best Decorated Agricultural Equipment: Reis Equipment
Honourable Mention: Green Tech
Best Canada-Themed Float: Winchester Lions
Honourable Mention: Chesterville Lions
People’s Choice Award: Chickadilly Studios/Top Notch Tree Service
Honourable Mention: Chesterville Cozy Costumes
Most Original: John Marion (Good Old Fashioned Country Christmas). This category was added during judging, and will be part of next year’s contest.

Float winners receive a gift basket with food and other items from local businesses.

Congratulations to all our winners. Next year, we will be adding another new category to our contest.

This year, our committee was in need of new volunteers to help plan, and Brianne Scott and Matthew Roy answered the call. They were a huge part of the reason this year’s parade day was as successful and activity-filled as it is. As always, Martha Malatesta did a wonderful job planning and coordinating the Vendor & Trade Show. I am very proud to serve on a committee of such a dedicated and hard working volunteers.

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. And last but not least, thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Vendor & Trade
Fair and the 21 st 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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