Thursday, October 29, 2009
It may be October, but the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce has already turned the calendar to December to get ready for the 21st annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade in Sunnyside.
This year's parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The parade route will begin at Warehouse Avenue and Sixth Street, then proceed south on Sixth Street to Edison Avenue. The route will then proceed east on Edison Avenue until the Mid-Valley Mall parking lot on Yakima Valley Highway.
Applications for parade floats are already starting to roll in, and the chamber's executive director, Pam Turner, said a head count of entries should be available later next month.
A new tradition started last year, an ice sculpture, will return again to this year's event. Details are still being worked out about the ice sculpture.
The ice carving for last year's statue, a tractor, took place from 1 to 6 p.m. on the day of the parade.
Though the parade will be the highlight of the day and of the Christmas season in Sunnyside, many more activities are planned for Dec. 5.
The fun begins at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5, when children are invited to decorate cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Dairy Fair.
The cookie decorating will be followed by lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Dairy Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dinner will also be served on Dec. 5, as the Sunnyside Kiwanis Club will hold its annual pancake feed starting at 4 p.m. at the Sunnyside United Methodist Church.
The first-of-its kind in the nation lighted farm implement parade draws visitors from around the country.
Tour buses will be in the area and some streets will be posted no parking due to the parade route.
As a result, Sunnyside residents are encouraged to follow the chamber's lead in planning ahead for the city's signature event.