Wednesday, November 29, 2017
It’s finally here – the weekend all of Sunnyside looks forward to all year – the annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade weekend.
The tree at the Centennial Square is ready to be officially lit. The Sunnyside Christian School choirs have been tuning up for an evening of caroling to kick off the three days of activities planned for the weekend. Santas all over town have been practicing their merry “Ho, Ho, Ho.”
The museum has been decorated to showcase the history of a town long immersed in the farming industry. From cattle grazing to orchards, from asparagus to wine.
Out in farm sheds, barns and garages, teams of lighting engineers have been busy uncoiling yards of twinkling lights that disguise ordinary tractors and trucks, even horses and a reindeer or two, all in preparation for Saturday night’s grand event. The parade of gaily lit tractors, harrow beds and grape pickers, all lined up and ready to roll through the street of Sunnyside beginning at 6:30 p.m.
This year marks the 29th year, the community has hosted the Lighted Farm Implement Parade, the first of its kind in the Northwest – the dream of a man who thought the community needed a signature event. The lighted farm implement parade fit the bill.
So, this weekend, everyone in town will be focused on the parade, even the kids who will light up their push cars and wagons for their own lighted parade, set for Friday night. Saturday starts with cookies with Mrs. Santa Claus at the high school, a craft fair at the Mid Valley Mall, and a tour of the Festival of Trees tour for children and seniors citizens at the community center.
Up and down the streets of town, people will be putting finishing touches on their homes to add to the winter evening cheer.
The cooks down at the firehouse, and the local Kiwanians over at the Methodist Church will be firing up the stoves for pots of chili and stacks of pancakes respectfully. The folks at Cote Bonneville will offer wood fired pizza by the pizza master Chris Guerra and mugs of hot mulled cider and wine.
In addition, other groups will be selling hot cocoa and coffee along the streets in anticipation of meeting the needs of the hordes of people who will crowd the streets to catch sights of the community dressed in its best in readiness for the grand event.
It truly takes a village to pull off an event this big and everyone involved deserves a huge “atta boy” - especially the Noon Rotary Club which make it happen this year. Good job.