Nov. 27 float entry deadline for North Dundas Display of Lights; last call!

Santa's float in the 2017 North Dundas Parade of Lights ... replaced during this pandemic year by the North Dundas Display of Lights.

‘Thanking Our Frontline Workers’ one of this year’s float themes 

One-way traffic entering and exiting Rideau Auctions site on the event’s TWO evenings, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5

WINCHESTER — With the North Dundas Display of Lights just over a week away, the committee is putting out a last call for float registrants.

Due to the nature of this year’s event, the committee will need to assign each float a location at Rideau Auctions, so pre-registration is a must. Setup will take place by appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4. Deadline for registering is this Friday, Nov. 27. The committee currently has about 30 floats registered, but there is plenty of room for more.

As always, registration is completely free, as is admission to the event, which runs 6 to 9 p.m. on two nights this year — Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5.

Fries for Charity will be on site, offering the tasty treats in exchange for a donation as vehicles exit the display lot. All proceeds will benefit Cassandra Young and Jessica Goodenough, who were badly burnt in a bonfire incident near Brinston on Oct. 24.

Volunteers from the North Dundas Christmas Fund will also be collecting donations on site. In accordance with guidelines from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, all candy and treats to be handed out by float registrants will be collected prior to the event and organized into loot bags, to be distributed at the entry gate by a volunteer.

A live band (The Great Music Guys) and opera singers will have a radio station unit set up on the grounds, and spectators can tune in on their car radios to listen while they are on site. Kim Hovegeen will emcee the event on the station between tunes.

In accordance with guidelines set out by the OPP, traffic will only be allowed to turn right going into and coming out of the site. Northbound traffic wishing to enter the event will be guided right onto Dawley Drive, left onto Main St., and then left at the lights onto County Rd. 31. Traffic at Rideau Auctions will be controlled by members of the OPP.

As always, all registered floats will be automatically entered in the event’s annual Float Contest. Awarded after the event, prizes consist of baskets containing local products. Float categories include:

● Best Overall

● Best Business Float

● Best Non-Profit Float

● Best Agricultural Float

● Best Animal Float

● Most Lights

● People’s Choice (spectators vote on our website)

● Most Lights

● Most Original

New for 2020 only: Thanking Our Frontline Workers

Parade of Lights toques are available for purchase for $10 each (cash only please) at the Township of North Dundas office and the Planted Arrow in Winchester, and McEwens and Mike Dean’s in Chesterville.

They will also be available at the Vendor Show, which is taking place at the Joel Steele Community Centre upstairs at the arena on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers will be limiting the number of shoppers allowed into the vendor fair, but the variety of products available makes it worth the wait. The vendor show is a great way for shoppers to do some Christmas shopping and support local artists, crafters and vendors at the same time.

For full details of this year’s event, please visit https://northdundasparadeoflights.ca/.

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