Thank you, from the North Dundas Parade of Lights committee; 1,200 vehicles drove through; winners announced

Guy Fuels entry in the 2020 Display of Lights. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The Editor:

The North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s ‘Display of Lights’ such a huge success.

This year, rather than cancel the parade altogether, we decided to shift to a stationary event and held it at Rideau Auctions. Having spectators drive past stationary floats allowed the participants more creative leeway than a traditional parade provides, resulting in some of the most creative and awe-inspiring entries ever.

Over the two nights the event took place, more than 1,200 vehicles drove through the display area to take in the Christmas celebration. Community Food Share collected donations for the food bank and the North Dundas Christmas Fund as vehicles lined up in the parking lot. Over the weekend, they collected $6,134.82, more than double the totals generally received during a traditional parade.

Fries for Charity met vehicles at the exit, exchanging delicious French fries for donations. They raised $6,339.25, all of which will be given to Cassandra Young and Jessica Goodenough, victims of a tragic bonfire incident who both suffered serious burns. The funds will assist with their travel, parking, meals, medication, bandages, and loss of income as they have numerous appointments to treat their injuries.

The planning committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hunter McCaig, owner of Rideau Auctions, for so generously allowing us to use his property for this event. Without him, this year’s parade wouldn’t have been possible. A huge thank you also goes out to Kim Hogeveen, who braved the rain and cold to emcee our event on a live radio station, and to North Dundas Fire Services for making the ‘queen’ (vintage fire truck) available for Santa.

Thank you also to all the vendors and volunteers who participated in this year’s Vendor & Trade Show.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, float participants, and parade volunteers. It takes each and every one of you to make this a success, especially this year.

Although we didn’t have as many entries this year because of the pandemic, the ones we did get were very creative. We had 25 floats this year, and choosing our Float Contest winners is a task the planning committee takes very seriously. Entries are judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, originality, effort and detail.

The Capital Cowgirls. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Here are the winners of this year’s Float Contest:

Best Overall: Capital Cowgirls (horses)

Best Business: Ashley Thomas School of Dance

Best Non-Profit: Winchester Skating Club

Best Agricultural: Delta Power

Best Animal Float: Crazy House Rescue / Amanda’s Pack Adventures

Most Lights: North Dundas Building Supplies

People’s Choice: E.C. Carruthers

Most Original: Bike Night Bubble by the Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee (1956 DKW motorbike with its original owner, Bill Zandbelt)

Thanking Our Frontline Workers (for 2020 only): Winchester District Memorial Hospital

Winners receive a gift basket with items from local businesses. Congratulations to all our winners.

Even a stationary parade isn’t truly a Christmas parade without Santa, and we’re very grateful that he was able to travel here once again to make our event even more joyous. Thank you, Santa!

Last, but not least, thank you to everyone to came out to enjoy the ‘Display of Lights’ and the Vendor & Trade Show. You’re the reason we do this. We look forward to seeing all of you back again next year.

Merry Christmas!

Sandy Burns, Brianne Scott, Matthew Roy, and Martha Malatesta

North Dundas Parade of Lights Committee

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