17th Annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade Highlights Country Christmas Weekend
Sandusky-11/25/2010-Grab your coats and gloves, don a good pair of snow boots, bundle up, grab some friends and head to the best Christmas Parade around next Saturday in Sandusky.
Michigan’s Original Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade will begin at 7pm on Saturday, December 4th and travel through downtown Sandusky.
The parade celebrates it’s 17th anniversary this year and organizers say this may be the best one yet.
A host of activities are planned beginning on Thursday evening December 2nd at the Firebird Theater at 7pm with the Miss Sanilac County Scholarship Pageant.
Six young ladies will compete for a top prize of $1,000 in cash and the opportunity to represent Sanilac County at the Miss Michigan Pageant next year. If successful at the state level, our local winner could vie for Miss America honors.
The “Light Up Their Lives” Tree Lighting and Salute to Military Ceremony on the Courthouse Lawn will be held on Friday night this year.
New for this year, a sing-a-long at the Gazebo with Bob & Andrea will follow the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Once the Christmas Spirit has you in grasp, plan to depart on horse and tractor drawn haywagons for a special Christmas Caroling trip to the senior citizen facilities though town. The Christmas Carol Hayride is scheduled to begin at 8pm and last till 10pm.
The non-stop fun really ramps up on Saturday with a Free Christmas Kids Movie sponsored by Chamber of Commerce, Sandusky Kiwanis and Sandusky Lions Club. The FREE movie will start at 10am at the Firebird Theater.
Some may even want to drop the kids at the theater and make your way down to the Craft & Vendor Show at the Middle School, yet another new attraction for this year. The Craft & Vendor Show is sponsored by the Sandusky Band Program. Admission is $1 or a can of food for the food pantry. Exhibitors are still being accepted. For more information call Lori Franzel at 810-404-0710.
Your Christmas wishes can be expressed to Santa Claus personally as he is coming to town on Saturday before the parade from 12pm to 5pm at the Firebird Theater. Complimentary photos of your child with Santa will be provided by Team One Credit Union. Children will each receive a bag of sweet goodies thanks to a generous donation from Keith & Alice Costine.
Also inside the theater that afternoon, will be Conductor Don Wixson’s model railroad display.
You will not want to miss the live Nativity scene, at Town & Country Animal Clinic. (one block south of the four corners) The Nativity is sponsored by the Mooretown Brethren in Christ Church.
Then prepare to be entertained with a short trip across the street to the community sing-a-long led by Andrea Haag in front of Kohn’s Music Store. The sounds of the season will begin filling the air at 6:00 pm.
The parade route starts at the Sandusky High School . It will run west on Pine Tree Lane and then turn north to the stoplight at the four corners, and then it will travel east to Stoutenburg/Campbell Rd., turn south, and end at the high school.
If you plan to participate with your own parade entry, no pre-registration is required. Entrants should have their own power source, exhibit a country Christmas theme and be covered in lights.
The parade line-up, complete with complimentary food and drink, will begin at 4pm at the Sandusky High School.
A few handicap parking slots are still available. They offer a great view of the parade without leaving your auto. Call the Sandusky Police Department to reserve your spot (810) 648-4016.
Well over 50 parade entries are expected as thousands of spectators will line the streets to view the beautiful Christmas kickoff.
Any time throughout the evening, you can thaw out at the Sandusky Fire Hall. The Boy Scouts Pack 333 will be waiting for you with hot dogs, popcorn, and hot apple cider. Warm up for a good cause.
Bikers for Christ will again offer their FREE world famous Soup and Chili at the corner of Lincoln and S. Elk.
Michigan Bean will also offer free bean soup in front of Ace Hardware, while the Custer Masonic Lodge will be giving away FREE hot chocolate near Kohn’s Music Store.
A first ever Snowball Dance will take place following the parade at the Sandusky VFW Hall. Jennifer Vance and Jay Williams will entertain, while a DJ will set the tone outside in the younger persons tent by the bonfire. Tickets are $4 in advance and $6 at the door.
As a special thank you to each parade entrant, two complimentary tickets will be included with your VIP gift bags.
When you’re packing up the necessities for the evening, include your ice skates, and head over to the Open Skate at the Colleen Howe Arena, located at the fairgrounds, from 8:00-11pm. FREE Admission with a donation of a canned good for the Food Pantry. Rental skates are available for a small charge.
A FREE Sanilac Transportation shuttle service will be available for parade goers. Just park in the K-Mart parking lot, and hop on the bus. The shuttle service starts at 5 pm, and will run every half an hour from K-Mart to downtown and back. If you choose to park in town, use city parking lots, business parking lots or side streets. No-parking signs still apply, and intersections along the parade route are reserved for handicapped parking. There is no parking along the parade route.
Now in it’s third year, select local merchants will roll out the red carpet with enticing activities planned for Saturday between 11-4pm. Be sure to visit Signature Bank, The Jade Room, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Key’s Radio, Moore & Carter Hardware & Lumber, Sanilac Florist, Gardens of Heather, and Sandusky District Library. Each will offer some form of a “Make it and Take it” craft for the holiday season, as well as offering special parade weekend specials.
Since we are on the subject of home-town, down-town business. This year more than ever, please think about to who, and to where, your hard-earned dollars go. Support local business!
On Saturday plan to attend the Chili Cook-off at the VFW Hall (11am-1pm) sponsored by the Maple Valley Parents Group. There is a $12 charge to enter your Chili for judging and a small $2 charge to sample the fare. A VFW Hall bonfire will warm revelers from noon to midnight on Saturday. Then make a trip through the Cookie Walk (10am-4pm) at I’d Rather Bee Scrapbooking & More. Cookie proceeds will be donated to the Eva’s Place shelter for women.
The Sanilac County Hockey Association will sponsor a special 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament at Colleen J. Howe Arena-Dairy Expo Center at the 4-H Fairgrounds on both Saturday and Sunday. A team Entry Fee of $125 will cover up to five players. Trophies and awards will be given to the top teams in each division, and each participant will receive a t-shirt. For more information or to register, call Tammy Ross at 810-648-3233.
Another new attraction this year is the Human Dog Sled Races at the VFW Hall starting at 1:30pm on Saturday. An entry fee of $40 per team will be collected with the proceeds being used for Good Timers Club activities.
Parade Buttons and Jingle Bells will be on sale throughout the weekend. Please show your support by purchasing either for a dollar or a donation.
On Sunday, December 6th starting at 2pm, there will be a Fruitcake Toss at the VFW Hall. Entry Fee of $2 for three throws. Proceeds to the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce.
The ever popular Lighted Farm Implement Parade and Country Christmas weekend are sure to offer something for everyone. Plan to come, shop, and stay for a while.