1st Winchester Scouting Group tops Parade of Lights 2019 standings — and thank-you

The Editor:

On behalf of the North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s parade day such a huge success.

Thank you to all the businesses and community organizations who participated in the Vendor & Trade Show and in the parade. Thanks to Kim Hogeveen 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 to the Winchester Fire Department for arranging a ride in the parade for Santa on short notice when the Chesterville Pumper that typically serves as his sleigh was out of service. Thank you also to the volunteers who lent a hand on parade day.

Below, the 2019 North Dundas Parade of Lights.

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

We are always amazed at the effort and creativity that goes into the floats every year, and this year was no exception. We had 49 floats, 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 a number of criteria, including creativity, originality, effort, detail and audience interaction.

Here are this year’s float category winners:

Best Overall: 1st Winchester Scouting Group
Honourable Mention: The Heritage House Health Spa & WS Stewart Trucking
Best Business Float: D’s Collision
Honourable Mention: Guy Fuels & Propane
Best Non-Profit Float: Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club
Honourable Mention: NDDHS Gay/Straight Alliance
Most Lights: EC Carruthers
Honourable Mention: Guy Fuels & Propane
Best Agricultural Float: Gasser Ag Services
Honourable Mention: Revolution Ag
People’s Choice Award: Top Notch Tree Maintenance & Removal
Honourable Mention: NDDHS Gay/Straight Alliance
Most Original: Wubs Transit
Honourable Mention: South Gate Church
Best Animal Float: Red Wolf Stables
Honourable Mention: Rocky Road Rescue

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, Matthew Roy and Chantel Bracken. As always, Martha Malatesta did a wonderful job planning and coordinating the Vendor & Trade Show.

Of course, what’s a Christmas parade without the Santa? 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 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, North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee

The 1st Winchester Scouts’ float was judged best overall.




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