Letter | Heritage Health Spa judged best float overall in 2018 Parade of Lights

A side view of the Heritage House Spa's winning float in last year's Parade of Lights.

A thank-you to everyone who made parade day so great

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.

Thank you 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 emceeing 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.

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. We had 55 floats this year, and choosing winners for our float contest is never an easy task, but it’s one our planning committee takes seriously. Floats are judged on creativity, originality, effort and detail.

Here are this year’s float category winners:

Best Overall: Heritage House Health Spa
Honourable Mention: Spa 2 Go / JWSD Evolution
Best Business Float: Cross Construction
Honourable Mention: Whitetail Construction
Best Non-Profit Float: Winchester Timberwolves / Explorers
Honourable Mention: Winchester Legion
Most Lights: D’s Collision Centre
Honourable Mention: NDDHS Senior Concert Band
Best Agricultural Float: Agri-Partners Crop Centre
Honourable Mention: Tibben Farms Inc.
People’s Choice Award: Morewood Recreation Association
Honourable Mention: Gasser Ag Services
Most Original: Winchester Legion
Honourable Mention: North Dundas Fire Department, Winchester
Best Animal Float: Capital Cowgirls
Honourable Mention: Lia’s Minis

Float winners receive a gift basket with food and other items from local businesses. Congratulations to all our winners.

I am very grateful for the dedication and hard work of my fellow parade committee members, Brianne Scott and Matthew Roy. As always, Martha Malatesta did a wonderful job planning and coordinating the Vendor & Trade Show.
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 22nd 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

Below, see the entire 2018 parade.
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